Saturday, February 19, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
The deep chill we find ourselves in right now across the Northeast makes me remember with fondness the Eastern Caribbean cruise my wife and I took. It was well over a year ago but the images recorded in my sketchbook somehow make the cold a little easier to deal with.
A week aboard the Emerald Princess. We left from Ft. Lauderdale and visited the Bahamas, St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Grand Turk.
|Our arrival on St. Thomas occurred fairy early in the morning and I was able to sketch this scene from our room's porthole.|
|People sat and ate and relaxed and I sketched.|
|Grand Turk was our last stop before beginning for home. There was really no view except of our ship in the distance. Despite the lack of scenery it was a very quiet day and very relaxing since we were the only boat that had docked.|
|Our last day was a full day at sea. A day to sit at the pool and soak up the last rays of sunshine. A 300 foot screen played movies all day. WALL-E was playing when I sketched this.|
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Besides the little sketches and quick exercises I've been posting here, I've been working on a painting which will hopefully be the beginning of a series. The image above is the final drawing before transferring onto canvas and painting. The building is entirely fantasy but it's based on some very real things.
After being satisfied with the design of the building, I felt that the volume of the structure was missing and that I wouldn't be able to indicate its form properly in this very flat, head-on positioning. So, how do you learn about things that don't exist? You MAKE them exist.
|Initial sketch and design of the building|
|Model created out of foamcore and construction paper.|
Yes, that's a kneaded eraser serving as the rough terrain.
Using the original 'flat' sketch, I began to build my model using foamcore and toned construction paper to indicate the roof. I penciled in the lines of the shingles on the roof and quickly indicated with a marker the windows and doors. Lastly, I sculpted a kneaded eraser to act as the natural terrain. Once this was complete, it was ready to be shot with dramatic lighting to use as photo reference in the painting stage. Now all of this may sound like a lot of work, but taking the time to gather the proper reference will only save time and mistakes in the long run. The Old Masters have done this for centuries and animators today routinely consult a maquette to aid in their drawings.
|Photo reference of the model in various lighting.|
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
About 25 years ago if you were exiting the Grand Central Parkway at the Steinway Street exit (now it's the 82nd Street exit) and was stopped at the light at the end of the ramp, you would have been lucky enough to see this mysterious writing stenciled on the guardrail on the driver's side. It was a landmark significant only to silly kids like my sister and I as we made up reasons for its purpose.
Now, 25 years later, you can still see the letters—if you look carefully enough.