A digital practice piece

I don't have a tablet so I draw with my mouse (or practice drawing with my mouse). This is just a picture a friend took and I tried to sort of mimic it. The body is out of whack but in the original picture the body is almost impossible to even see. I took some liberties with buildings, trees, and sky in mine.

The picture isn't completed but it has been in this state for at least a month, so I think perhaps by default that means its done. At least for the time being.




My First Drawing Classes

Ok I found them! So here they are. Sorry for the quality of the pictures some are blurry (I'll have to retake these photos someday). All of these drawings came from two classes: Beginning Drawing and/or Figure Drawing, from Lane Community College in 2004.

First real drawing, all things before this were exercises in how to draw, or to assess the abilities of each student.

 Bone Drawing two

 Still Lifes

 First Attempt at self portrait. In this project we were asked to draw ourselves completely by memory and without first taking a quick look in a mirror (almost as "good" as my first attempt at painting myself lol).

 Second Attempt at a self portrait, what I love about this one is that for some reason I have my shirt off. Which, is completely out of character. I mean I don't even take off my shirt to shower. I must have been channeling my father in this portrait.

As far as the drawing goes, I will say that the likeness is better in this one. This was the final project for beginning drawing.

 My first time experimenting with charcoal, and trying to draw someone besides myself.

 Second Attempt at drawing other people. I have no idea if they look anything like the people I was trying to draw, but for the sake of my self esteem I say they are perfectly replicated! That bottom one, looks like the guy from BladeRunner, pretty sure he didn't model for us, but I can't say one way or another.

First Attempt at Drawing a pregnant woman. Also my first attempt at drawing a whole body.

 Obviously I felt bad about my attempt at drawing a body so I once again went back to just drawing faces.

 Oh man.....I should really just ignore that this one exists. I must have been having an off day. Or maybe my hand was tired from the first drawing of her.

 3rd drawing of the model. The mouth is a little screwy but I am glad I got back on track after that last drawing. Not sure how long each drawing took, but all three were done within one class period.

Oh wait, there is a fourth. You can see I attempted to sketch the body. I wish I would have done more full bodies of this model. I don't think I realized that I had to keep trying, and failing, to get anywhere. The body is way out of proportion and I probably felt like I sucked, but I should have tried harder.

I don't know, I had problems with drawing male bodies. I know this is only the head, but I actually left out the first male drawing (besides myself because I am a man damn it!!!), the one I left out is... too awful, this is actually super good compared to that horrible train wreck. I get better though.

I actually like this drawing, It kind of reminds me of something from an Alan Moore comic, perhaps "From Hell" or "The League of Extraordinary Men"

I also like this one. My only wish is that I had taken more time to finish it properly. 

I know another head shot. Trust me the bodies are coming... (sort of) but I was really focused in on trying to get heads correct. I thought that the most important thing was to draw a face and get the likeness right. Then the body could be really an afterthought.

I think I was doing what I felt comfortable doing, and it made sense to me at the time. I know now that even if you get a facial likeness down, having that head on a gumby body doesn't do anything but make the whole drawing crappy with a decent head.

You can see that I am starting to attempt bodies again. I remember this model very well, she sat in for I think about a week, maybe two weeks. She was fairly old (the above head is hers) and for some reason I got so fascinated with the texture of her skin. I didn't really want to draw bodies but I remember feeling inspired to explore. There was just so much texture and... I don't know.. history or something. LOL that sounds stupid, but it helped me get on track. 

more of the lady

I fucking ruined this drawing. I really loved it until I put that stupid, f-ing, weird, wave thing at the bottom... ugh... but at least the old lady got me inspired to draw bodies. I should go back and just darken the whole bottom.... I wish I could visit my old '04 self and kick myself in the ass.

 Look at that another full body! I wonder what the old lady model would say if she knew she was the person who gave me the confidence to start tackling the human figure. LOL, I bet as a model you don't really think you inspire or have any effect on the people who are drawing you. Maybe it would make her feel good. Hopefully she is well.

For some reason, I got into these boxes all of a sudden... everything became about being in a box, almost comic book like areas of focus.

More boxes. I actually revisited this drawing and fixed it up. Colored the background and put it in my art show.

 Look at this a body shot instead of a head! Someone's practicing!

This woman looks sort of manly in the facial construction. My fault not hers.

Here are some gestures. I think the poses were twenty or thirty seconds, the darker ones, were maybe two to five minute poses. I remember this exercise helping me so much with feeling loose and confident in getting that body shape down on the page.


Here's another drawing that I like. I felt pretty good with these. Especially the big one that is facing down.

So the pregnant lady came back after she had her baby. What I found out is that it is really difficult to draw babies. It ended up looking more alien than baby. I felt like a failure. Just when I was feeling good about my drawing skills this stupid baby came in and F-ING ruined it! I wonder how the baby would feel if it realized it ruined me. (I say it because I can't remember if it was a girl or a boy, I think a girl but who can be sure, really?)

Here's a drawing I wish I would have finished. I have no idea why it isn't more finished, perhaps I had to leave, or I was sick or who knows, but I think I had something going with this one.

 hmmm... look at that perspective drawing!

The old man came back and I dissected pieces of him and put them in boxes... I like this drawing and toyed with putting it in the art show instead of the other one, but I felt the other one was more interesting... Plus, I had that idea to add color which I thought was going to be really cool (and still do think it's cool).


Intermediate Life Drawing and The Pressure to Perform

This term I am taking Intermediate Life Drawing. I last took figure drawing in '04, and back then I had had only one drawing class before it (beginning drawing). I took to drawing better than I thought, but I unfortunately didn't take it serious enough. Which by that I don't mean to say that I didn't take the drawing seriously, or didn't love drawing. I in fact loved it far more than I ever thought I would. But what I do mean is that, I didn't perserve those drawings to the best of my abilities, and a lot of the drawings were done half hazerdly. Not to mention had I been smart I would have continued to draw, but I didn't.

I feel very much a beginner again. Not to mention that most of my classmates seem to have been taught how to draw in their life drawing class, what with studies of bones, muscles, shapes, and value. In my life drawing class we did none of that. I just drew what I saw. I take that back, we went over the idea of value and drawing of shapes, yet not in any great detail, and we didn't study the structure of bones or muscles.

This life drawing class focuses on that at a more advanced level, so I feel I am coming into this class at a terrible disadvantage.

I feel slightly overwhelmed because I know this class is going to be very challenging for a few reasons. One I dont know as much as I should. Two I had too long of a break between drawing classes. Three The class is taught by the same professor that I took drawing systems from, and I feel such a pressure to not suck in front of her.

But I am up for the challenge... I thought in honor of starting this new chapter in life drawing I would post my old drawings that I have pictures of so as to have some visible record for comparison.

But of course I can't find my pictures so I will need to dig around for them. They have got to be around here somewhere.


Alchemists of Art

These images (unfortunately) don't do any justice to seeing these works up close and in person. Yet driving all the way to Western to see the show is probably out of the question for most of you. The next show will be a bigger deal, this was just practice really. I think the art work is pretty good for two first year students with little to no art training. Plus I think for my first hanging of a show I did pretty good. The frames were hand made by Rachels dad Joe and myself, and Rachel painted all except one, which I ended up painting.

So here are some pics from the show.

Setting Up: In these shots you can see Huachao and Crystal helping hang the sign. This was the last Friday of the term and we started hanging this show at eleven that morning. It is somewhere around four in these pictures. We were all so tired we didn't bother to ever get out of our jammies.


The sign is made out of vinyl and stuck to this paper so as you peel the paper away you have to make sure that they are sticking to the wall and not being pulled away with the paper. If they don't stick and you pull one off from the paper it usually becomes a disaster to try to get that one letter back into the correct placement.

As Huachao peels away crystal watches to make sure that doesnt happen.




A Walk Through: Here is what the show looks like if you walk by it. I think the curved wall is pretty cool. The wall to the right of this picture is all glass so you can easily see the show even if you are walking on the outside of the building. Which I also think is cool because it means that there is more of an opportunity to pull people inside to get a closer look.





Individual Pieces: And here are some views of the individual pieces. Sorry about the lines and color, sun was setting when I took the pictures and I couldn't really get good shots.

Blue Sky 36 x 36 oil on canvas 
Huachao Zhou

Colorful 18 x 24 oil on canvas
Huachao Zhou

Parietal Lobe 18 x 24 oil on canvas
Brandon Cline-Jones

 Ribbons 20 x 24 graphite on bristol
Brandon Cline-Jones

 Nude 1 18 x 24 graphite on bristol
Huachao Zhou

 Nude 2 18 x 24 graphite on bristol
Huachao Zhou

Nude 3 18 x 24 graphite on bristol
Huachao Zhou

The Dark Tower 18 x 24 graphite on bristol
Brandon Cline-Jones

 Blaine The Mono 18 x 24 graphite on bristol
Brandon Cline-Jones

Flowerfield 6 x 10 acrylic on canvas
Huachao Zhou

 View from the Tower 16 x 20 photograph
Brandon Cline-Jones

 The Myst Part 1 16 x 20 photograph
Brandon Cline-Jones

 The Myst Part 1 16 x 20 photograph
Brandon Cline-Jones

 The Artists