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3 sketches, 3 styles

Went to the long pose Charcoal Club session last week.  Since I’m usually too lazy to get up and move around to find a different angle, I did three sketches in three different styles.





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BTW, Dr. Sketchy’s is Monday folks, and Charcoal Club tonight!

Baltimore’s Charcoal Club life-drawing session is tonight at Meadow Mill, at 7 o’clock.  It’s the sustained pose session, so one long pose for the entire 3 hours….good stuff.  If you scroll down two posts, you can see the drawings I did at it last week.  It’s 10 bucks to draw and definitely, definitely worth it.  Check it out.   (The light rail drops you at the front door btw, if you’re carless, which I am.)

Also, Dr. Sketchy’s is this Monday, March 9th, at Dionysus at 7 o’clock.  If you don’t know what it is (it’s drawing pretty folks in burlesque while drinking), check out the website.  If you live somewhere else on the planet (ie, not Baltimore), there might be one near you, and IT COULD BE MONDAY TOO*, so check the mothership website to find one nearby.

*It probably isn’t, but you never know.


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Some Charcoal Club stuff.


The above was the first sketch I did last week at Charcoal Club…the one on the right used to look a lot better, I decided to experiment on it with some gray markers and pretty much ruined a lot of the detail.

A few more marker experiments…most of which are crap….



The marker sketch on the left sucks (and is that same old sketch that tends to bubble up when I’m tired), but I like the head doodle on the right.

Another sucky drawing….


The next two came out alright (and were the last two I did).  Basically, I got so frustrated that I forced myself to focus more on what I was doing.



Should be there tomorrow…hopefully I’ll get better sketches this time.  (Not being hungover will probably do wonders.)

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Update on oil paintings.

So here’s the latest photos of the two oil paintings I’m working on.  Both have many, many layers to go before they’re done.


As usual, my ability to take a damn photo without the camera being shakey sucks.  It doesn’t matter too much right now since these are just process photos, but I’m going to have to prop the camera on a desk or something for the final shot.

I’m going to litter the floor around the lamp with trash and whatnot shortly.  Soda cans, beer bottles, ash trays, balled-up napkins, etc.   There will also probably be an unlit Chinese paper lantern or two hanging from the ceiling above.  The lampshade will probably get a design too.


The hair is starting to gake shape on this one….the next few layers will be shadows, adding in some pretty strong blacks and burnt umbers…after that, probably some focus on the highlights (one they have something to contrast a little more strongly).

If you look at my last post, there’s a doodle there about the possibility of putting a post on the right covered with flyers and notes.  Don’t know if that’s going to work now that I look at it….there’s not quite enough room for it.  Still might work though.

Eventually, maybe, this might be turned into a generic Dr. Sketchy’s flyer (with pasties added of course).  If that’s done, it’ll be done up to look like a scan of an old pulp cover, even to the point of including “wear and tear” creases as if it had been rolled up in some kid’s back pocket.  The more I look at it though, there simply may not be enough negative space to pull that off.


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Painting steps.

So, after posting yesterday, I started painting.  If you remember, this is the pencil sketch that was used as a rough for the painting.


After using a drawing projector to project the drawing up on a canvas, this is what I got.  (BTW, my ability to take pictures of a canvas SUCKS….either I can’t use the camera properly, or my hands just shake too damn much.  All these photos are pretty damn blurry, but oh well, they suit the purpose.)


Next I put a wash of medium (linseed oil and turpentine) with a faint touch over the drawing and the surrounding areas, being really careful not to accidentally wipe off the pencil (a problem I remember from a decade ago).


Then, using heavy, heavy amounts of medium and a little bit of black and white paint, I started blocking in the shadows.  The surface is so wet at this point though that I had to be careful that the paint didn’t run down the canvas in rivulets or spiderweb out across the surface.  When it did, I took the point of a paper towel and wiped away the run-off or whatever you want to call it.


Next, added lots of patches of white paint, then more black into the shadows areas, then blended the edges together.  I didn’t spend too much time blending…after this last level dries (this is where I stopped), I’ll start adding transparent layer after transparent layer of color (and more shadows and highlights), which will accomplish the blending by themselves, well, if I remember correctly, I haven’t done this in awhile.


The head and the hair are only meant to be a faint, faint suggestion of what’s actually going to be there.  When I get to that part, I’ll probably actually do a draft sketch first, since painting a face from scratch, especially from that angle, is probably a good way for me to start tearing up the studio and biting paint brushes in half.

Several things I had forgotten but relearned real quick :

1) In college, I always worked without having eaten that day.  Hunger does wonders for keeping your mind sharp.

2) I also drank 9 cups of coffee a day back then.  I drank 4 pots while doing this (and a bunch of other things), which means, as I write this, I’m about to bounce off the damn walls.  It’s amazing how many things you can get done in an evening when you’re starving and overdosed on caffeine. (I wrote this post “yesterday evening”, but set WordPress to publish it on Thursday.)

3) Keep a roll of paper towels near you for when you inevitably knock something over.

4) Do NOT keep your cup of coffee near the jar you wash your brushes in.  (Paper towels come in useful again here when you spit a combination of paint and coffee all over the canvas.)

5) NPR does wonders as background noise.

That’s all I can think of at the moment.

Part of the point of this blog was to try to get good at drawing again…one of the first posts was an attempt at an oil painting which made it painfully obvious that I needed to work on my drafting skills before touching a brush again.

It’s kinda nice to look at a year ago compared to now…

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Society of Illustrators sketches.


Been doing a lot of traveling lately…one of the spots I hit for about a week was NYC.   Checked out one of the Society of Illustrators sketch sessions while I was there…it was pretty amazing.

If you’re interested, here’s a writeup the New York Times did on the place.  Honestly, I wasn’t that interested in drawing that night, but forced myself to do it anyway.  The sketch above was my warmup sketches from the minute-long poses.  I don’t like most of the sketches I did…for some reason it took me forever to produce something I was happy with (I do like the last one).  Rarely, if ever, will I scribble over a drawing in a little fit of frustration….apparently I was frustrated a good bit, since I did it more than once on these sketches.





drawing5 This is the one I liked.

Anyways, attended the NYC Dr. Sketchy’s that week as well.  Their new location at the Slipper Room almost seems designed specially for Dr. S.  I REALLY wasn’t in the mood to draw that night either though, so instead I hung in the back and got drunk with the folks helping Molly run it.  They’re having a convention in a few months for folks who run Dr. Sketchy’s, so hopefully I’ll get some drawing done then.  Maybe. 🙂

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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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