There is something to be said about the texture of skin as it ages. This lady was incredibly fun to draw. I tried to capture the smoothness as well as the thinness of her skin.

19 x 24 Charcoal on Bristol

CU of the face

Here is another study of the lady. Once again I was fascinated with her skin, and the textures on her coat and shirt. There was some sort of fabric with flowers on it, I decided to leave the print pattern but remove the folds and texture of the fabric. I sort of like the smoothness of the flowers coupled with the roughness of her clothes.

19 x 24 Charcoal and Graphite on Bristol

CU of the Jacket Texture

CU of the Shirt Texture

CU of the Face


Foreshortening, Contour, and Value

Well it is official, I am done with school for the summer! The drawing class ended yesterday and now I get to sit back and enjoy life before the craziness starts all over again. In the meantime here are a few more drawings.

Foreshortened Bill
19 x 24 charcoal on bristol

Value & Contour Self Portraits
24 x 19 charcoal and graphite on bristol


Extracted Forms

For this drawing I covered my paper in a dark charcoal and then used my eraser to extract and lighten the forms. This technique seems to be a bit more like painting than drawing. I was fairly surprised how much variety in value you could get through erasing. You seem to be able to form shapes in a more fluid manner (hence why its more like painting). There are places where I erased too much and had to go back over and darken and try it again but over all this was done in one hour long sitting.

Neanderbill (because the head is a bit big looking, my fault not his, although I sort of like it):
19 x 24 charcoal

CU of the face


Recent Work

I finally have some stuff to post from my summer drawing class. These aren't the most exciting pieces but I figure I'll start with the worst of the lot and move up from there.

This was from the first day of class, the instructor wanted us to take our drawings and start drawing circles over the areas that were circles. I liked my drawing too much to just start circling crap on it so I thought I would do an overlay on top of this drawing to get the same effect. Turns out the instructor hated this idea and she gave me an F. I was slightly shocked to get an F, but whatever, at least I didn't ruin a drawing for circles.

Here is the circle drawing

and here they are combined
 so you can see the effect of the overlay

some plane studies

this class was pretty weird. We drew a model and then after we were done we were told to go add a skeletal structure underneath it. I found this difficult because the model is slightly in a sitting position. I felt that perhaps we should have had two class periods to work on this project. One of the model, and then one with a skeleton propped up in a similar position. Anyway, the hip is totally out of whack, but perhaps correctness wasn't the main purpose of the project as I didn't fail this one even though it is kind of wonky.

Liked this one, there was no time to plan a composition we were just suppose to see how it turned out and I think it works for the most part.

Hands, I really hate that super dark hand, don't ask what I was thinking....

I do, however, like this rendering of my hand.

My feet, yay...