Last week was thin on sketches: when the temperature hits 110+, (a record for the city) you stay home and do pretty much nothing. Still, here’s a few things, mostly from before the heatwave.
Some days are better than others. But mostly it’s just a matter of how many hours you put in: drawing over and over until you can see clearly. I finally feel like I’m starting to understand how the tubing and wiring on neon signs works. And that’s what makes it possible to whip a bold sketch out in 15 minutes. I love liquor store signs, they’re the best.
From my day figure sketching. I usually prefer to do full-figure studies. Last week was unusual. You can see in that first sketch of the full pose that I got interested in a portrait, and then I did several quick takes.
In my studio right now, a commissioned portrait in progress. Not quite done yet, but close…I’m enjoying working bigger on a half sheet of Stillman & Birn’s Beta paper.
A couple of small sketches. My daughter. Rainbow pencil and pen.
And a cup of chai at the end of a long day. First sketch with a set of Derwent Colorsoft pencils I’m trying out.
I’m looking forward to lots of playing and experimentation this week. And you?
Note: Since a few of you asked, here are the colors in my Tiny Palette (for now)
Top to bottom, left to right:
Viridian Green, Burnt Sienna (natural), Paynes Gray
Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Hansa Yellow Light, Phthalo Blue (Green Shade)
Quinacridone magenta, Nicel Azo Yellow, Ultramarine Blue