Scribbles & Scratch

I was up until 1am scratching out some sketches for my next ACEO series. Most of the time if I have something in mind I go straight into the linework on the cards and then go from there. But sometimes I have to do preliminary sketches to work out my ideas, especially if it’s complex or if its a figurative piece that is a bit more involved than a portrait. Sometimes I use elements and poses from previous drawings and sometimes I do something all completely new. I’m not the greatest at drawing things straight from my imagination, especially when it’s something I’ve never drawn before, so often I need to gather reference material. You should have seen me running back and forth from my camera to strike a pose with only 10 seconds to get ready for the shot to capture some photo references. If I had the money, I would hire a model but for now I have to use myself which is not fun for me. I prefer being behind the camera not in front of it. 

This next series involves beings with wings but I want to make it clear that they are not angels. They’re simply avian beings. For the moment I’m calling the series “Dark Wing” but that may change as well as some elements to the drawings. The main focus is to have female figures with wings with a little hint of fantasy and magic weaved in somewhere but I’m not exactly sure as to how just yet. My underlying artistic goal is to meld together a beautiful blend of nature and the female form with touches of magic and fantasy into a personal style that is all my own. Unfortunately my work tends to be more so some off shoot of representational art than anything else. I have a ways to go to reach my goal but I’ll get there. Anywho, these are my first sketches that I wanted to share.  

Way Back When

Although I’ve been doing pointillism/stippling over the years since high school, I didn’t start to get serious about it until 2010. 

It started off as my way of passing the time during lunch when I was a “desk jockey”. Back then I did everything in those famous little black notebooks called Moleskines and had all the intentions of doing what I thought was a great idea; a collection of stippled art created solely inside Moleskine sketchbooks. 

As of today, despite having a slew of them, I still haven’t completed one whole sketchbook. Maybe one day I’ll pick up where I left off and complete at least one.

Anywho, instead of waiting until tomorrow to do a “throwback Thursday”, I figured I would do a “way back when” Wednesday and share some of my earlier drawings from my pure Moleskine days. 

My slew of half finished moleskine notebooks.

Gravity: This Tug of War

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Sitting down to draw is a difficult thing for me. The desire is there but I’m often easily distracted by my thoughts, my daily chores, my doubts, my worries, my daydreams, my quest for inspiration, my need for social interaction and affection, the pressing issues of the world and my feelings of guilt. That last one gets me the most. How dare I try to shut out everyone, the world and all it’s busyness to focus on something I enjoy? I feel guilty for trying to add a sliver of artistic beauty into this life. Who needs beauty and art when people are starving, civil and human rights are being trampled and the love for profit has seeped into every faucet of our existence? I should be doing something more important or at the very least making some kind of political or social statement with my work. Shouldn’t I?

I wonder if other artists wrestle with such things.

No Pens Today

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It’s been a peaceful day. Got up early and repotted my jalapeno plants. This is my first attempt at doing jalapenos but my second at trying to do hot peppers. (First time didn’t turn out so good.) Then I made homemade granola. It’s almost all gone now because it’s been years since I’ve enjoyed a bowl of cold cereal. I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of this sooner but now that I have, I’m like a little kid again and I can’t stop eating the stuff. I’m sure I’ll pay for it later. All that fiber coupled with a stomach that doesn’t care too much for milk in any form is definitely a recipe for disaster.
After breakfast I retreated into the simplicity of line drawing. It’s the foundation of all my ink work but often times I enjoy it just as much and sometimes more than stippling/pointillism.
I laid out the line work for my third drawing of my Voodoufairy series. After which I felt like doing some more, so I grabbed my Moleskine and drew up this closed lotus flower.
Tomorrow I’ll bring out my pens but today I’m in the mood only for some graphite.

Getting Out Of My Head

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I’ve had a lot going on and on my mind over the last week that has really zapped my energy and interest in focusing on my art. I’m sure it’s inevitable that life will get that way sometimes. But I came across this article on Zentangles that piqued my interest and I decided to give it a try to get myself out of my head.
As a person who is accustomed to sitting down and drawing with something specific in mind or at least with some vague idea, it was a little difficult to just let go and draw with unfocused intent. The whole time I kept saying to myself “What the hell is this?” It kind of felt like I was doing some kind of non-verbal psyche evaluation where the drawing would reveal something about my psyche. Actually by the time I finished I felt refreshed and ready to do some “focused” drawing. From what I’ve read Zentagles are suppose to be meditative and I’m sure they probably are but from this little experiment, they could be a part of my creative process as a nice little warm up exercise to get me out of my head and loosen up the tension I often feel when I try to start on a new drawing. I’m always open to finding new and simple ways to keep my creative juices flowing in a world that’s filled with so many distractions.
If you’re interested you can read more about Zentagles here