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An old drawing and some Charcoal Club sketches.

This first one is an old doodle done several years ago while sitting at City Cafe.


The next couple were done earlier this evening at the Charcoal Club, probably the last one I’ll go to till mid-January, due travelling and whatnot.


(The drawing on the right was the warm-up sketch that ended a few minutes after I walked in the door late, having nearly gotten myself squished by the light-rail trying to reach it in time. (I had to jump the tracks in front of it which REALLY pissed off the conductor.))


After this one, I finally reached the tinted pages in my pad.   I’ve been annoyed as hell waiting to get to them.



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More sketches from the Charcoal Club

I’m still in the white paper section of my pad, and won’t reach the tinted pages for another fifteen drawings or so.  It’s very aggravating, but I refuse to skip perfectly useable paper.  I may switch to using ink for the remaining pages though, since I haven’t done that in a bit.

This was the first one….the angle was awkward.  The bottom of her rib cage, at least from that position, looked a little strange, but it came out alright for the most part.

This was my favorite…I’ve pumped the contrast a little too much, but I’m too lazy to go correct it (the shading was very, very, light).  Her torso is too thick, which you can see if you look at the thickness beneath “her” left arm.  If that back defining line, the one indicated by the little black triangle in the crook of her elbow, was moved over a few milimeters, it would do wonders.  Her head, and specifically her hair, was what I was interested in.  It didn’t come out amazing, but I liked it better than anything else I produced this session.

Charcoal Club was crazy crowded this time around (which is a good thing), but since my dumb ass was about 15 minutes late, it meant I didn’t have much to go with seating wise, basically a chair against the back wall.

Not much to say about these two either.   Nothing amazing, but nothing worth biting your pencils in two and throwing yourself in front of the light rail.

Oh well, maybe next week.

By the way, Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore is this Monday, Oct 13, 7 to 10 at Dionysus.  If you’re having trouble scheduling your drawing and your beer, it’s a good way to get it all out of the way at once.

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Yep, I’m still kicking.  Scanner problems continue, hopefully that will resolve soon.

Anyways, these are from a Charcoal Club session a few weeks ago….I’m on a new sketch book, which means, at least for the next 20 sketches or so, I don’t have colored paper anymore.  I’ve gotten absolutely addicted to using colored paper so I can then add highlights in with a white pencil.  Going back to plain white paper has obviously thrown me a little off…….basically, my “hand” is now conditioned to draw and shade with the expectation of adding in the highlights last……..but if you do that with white paper, without any planning (since basically all you’re doing is leaving negative space), it doesn’t work out too well.

I pretty much hate the one above…but this isn’t a gallery, I try to put up the good and the bad, so there it is.

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Sketches from the Charcoal Club

Did these last week at Baltimore’s Charcoal Club.  There were two models, one a model I’ve seen before, and the second was new (my impression was he was her boyfriend).

Walked in a little late, grabbed the first chair right as the models went to a new pose…..which was the girl with her back to me, bent forward, with the boy standing in front of her looking at the ceiling.

Little jarring for the first drawing of the night and your warm up, so I did sketches of the fellow’s head instead.

The next was only half finished…

The next two came out alright….

I was bored by the last pose, and obviously didn’t try too hard.  (The woman was posing by herself.)

All of the poses were incredibly creative, unfortunately for most of them (because of my own fault), I was in a pretty bad position to do something interesting with them.  Luckily I moved by the second to last, unfortunately it was only a 20 minute pose and I wasn’t able to render both the figures fully the way I wished.  Still, it works I suppose.

Tomorrow I’ll throw up some old man heads I’ve been doodling in meetings and bars.

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