2.27.11- Silverpoint Drawing of a Canon 7D

Silverpoint on Homemade Gessoed Arches Cold Press Paper

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My professor and mentor, Rick Rodrigues, made a silver point pen for me so I’ve been trying it out. Basically, it’s a pure silver wire sharpened to a point in a wooden holder. Silverpoint is a precursor to the graphite pencil, which the old masters used to do fine point drawings that don’t smudge.  When etched into a paper coated with five layers of gesso, the silver rubs off which manifests into an intricate, sensitive drawing. Drawings in silverpoint take flippin’ FOREVER (this took me like, 6 hours) but the effects turn out to be pretty amazing. Also, after a some time, the silver oxides so it’ll start to fade and change colors. How rad is that?! 


2.26.11- Drawing with Kid Koala @ NoisePop Culture Hour

Watercolor on Paper

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Spent about 4 hours at PublicWorks SF for a NoisePop event. Brought my watercolors, chilled with Kid Koala while he spun records, drank, ate, and painted an industrial lamp in the dark. Yay for Art Days!


2.25.11 – Portrait Study of Leah (2-Hour Pose)

White Conte on Black Charcoal Paper

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Gonna go ahead and post this earlier than usual, in case I go out tonight and don’t have time to paint. 🙂

Haven’t done figure drawing in awhile, so this was a challenge. I wanted to try using only white conte on black paper, which proved to be EXTREMELY difficult and made me a little schizo. This technique is particularly annoying because you can’t do any sketching or planning beforehand, since white conte doesn’t mix well with any graphite or black charcoal, but it turned out okay considering. I’m just happy I got to draw all day!

 


2.24.11 – Shrimp!

Walnut and Black Ink on Cold Press 

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Wasn’t sure what I would paint today, so I pulled out my calligraphy pen and did a technical illustration of a shrimp. Used water to soften the edges, but I think I’ll use a hot press, or a smoother surface next time. 


2.23.11 – Golden Hour

Watercolor on Paper

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Trying out a new technique:  Soaked a piece of Arches 140lb Cold Press paper and layered on Cadmium Yellow Light, Indian Yellow, Windsor Red, then a concoction of Pthalo Blue and Windsor Red + Permanent Rose. The darks alternate between Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue + Burnt Umber and a bit of Alizarin Crimson.  Nice grays coming out of those. I’m not really happy with the way the sky turned out, but I figured I wouldn’t waste the paper and painted the boats and water on it. I’ll try the wet-on-wet ‘glow’ technique again. 

By the way, the flash on the left side of the page is horrible and makes the transition in the sky terrible. I need to learn how to take better photos of my pieces.


2.22.2011 – More Drawings in Progress

Conte on Paper

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Have a few things in the works but nothing is satisfactory. Someone told me once that if you’re not happy with your work, you’re “improving” because your skill level still hasn’t caught up with your vision… if that’s the case I guess I’ll keep at it. Wish me luck.

 


2.19.2011 – Onion Studies

Watercolor on Paper

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Finding time to paint on weekends is hard… but better late than never. 🙂