Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Alan Moore

I made an image of Alan Moore. It's from the cover of Eddie Campbell's magazine, "Egomania" #2. The photo was taken by Jose Villarrubia in 2002.

I just thought it was a great photo and I love Alan Moore.

I like vellum bristal board and a 2B pencil the best. And I like to listen to records and draw pictures.

He even looks like Swamp Thing.



Monday, August 26, 2013

Albert Camus

I just re-read "A Happy Death" and decided to draw this picture of Camus from the cover.

I don't know who took the original picture but I thought it was a good book and a nice picture so I drew it.

"A Happy Death" is Camus' first novel. Written in the thirties but not published until the seventies.

Read it.


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

New Self Portrait

I made a self portrait the other day. I taped the paper right on the mirror right next to my face. I used a General's 2B pencil on Vellum Bristol board.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Promoting my business

In an effort to promote my work I made two posters that I will put up around town.

Do you know whose images these are?

Mike Waite poster

I finished a poster for Mike Waite who has a regular gig up here at the Ramada. It's a tradition now on Tuesday nights to go to Harley's Lounge see Mike play and eat tacos.

He wanted a poster that might attract more people. This is what I came up with. I worked from a photo that I took of him, which is not my favorite method but it's a modern world.

The Atelier, Minneapolis MN

On July 14th I went to Minneapolis. My purpose was to attend a life drawing workshop at The Atelier. I made it, by the grace of God and Hal's Subaru, and spent a wonderful week staying with my friends Jeremy and Sam and their dog Chief. In the mornings I would go do some things: sketching and sunbathing at Lake Linden, visiting the Walker Museum, disc golfing at Kaposia park in St. Paul and then in the afternoons I would go downtown to The Atelier to draw. My favorite lunch place was the ChinDian Cafe on East Hennepin.

They don't mess around at The Atelier. I learned a lot about drawing, seeing and materials. It's a very traditional vibe there. 

We spent all week on this one drawing.

I remember Dale Redpath saying that it was a game. She told me to sharpen my pencil. She told me to make a decision and commit to a brightness structure. She said sometimes it looks like I know what I'm doing and sometimes not.

I actually felt like spending time on this drawing. I felt like it wasn't a big deal. I was having fun for the first time in a long time.

At night I would spend time with Jeremy and Sam. It was good to reconnect with them at their home and experience the city and the neighborhood with some locals. 

The next week I went to Chicago to see my friends Todd and Thom. I had a nice good time with them, went to some record shops and waited by the car until it was legal to park where we were by the Contemporary Art Museum. They are closed on Mondays. But we did see the Daniel Clowes exhibit. It was good to see those big pages.

My visit with Todd was short but sweet.

Next then I went to Muskegon, my home town, to see my mother and family. I thank my mother for insisting that we go down to the beach at night for a fire. One night a lot of my family showed up: Aunt Tina, Aunt Maria with Alex, Kevin and Wyette, Grandma Mona, Uncle Frank and his wife Christie with their children Frankie and Giadda, who else ? Mom.
This is me at the beach at night. You cannot see the fire.

My Mom and I went to the Muskegon Art Museum and saw the Regional Show. Not much realistic painting but for Harry Ahn's For The Birds and others.

I was very impressed with the black and white room. Here's a photo my Mom took.

 Later my Mom and I went for Mexican food at a place I can't remember in Roosevelt Park where I had my first Chimichanga.

Good vacation.

All in all I learned a lot. Nuff said. Back to work!


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Sparrowtree, Helena Antony and Heidi Boyd

I didn't know what to do. I was going to make another collage and I was looking through my science book and I saw this image and I said, "I'll just draw that". So I did.

Phil and Annette Watts with Troy Graham

Another new poster. Horse image drawing I drew from a book. The shell I drew from a real shell I got in the sound somewhere in Washington near Seattle with my brother.