Thursday, February 23, 2017
Another rocky hilltop. You may have noticed by now that barren landscapes and dead trees hold as much fascination for me as do lush forests and blossom laden bushes. This time of year it is the former that tends to be more available, so that is what dominates my photos for now. For those of you who prefer greener nature shots, fear not! Spring is coming soon.
dark side of Star Wars, the Droids and Ewoks cartoons, and that time the Muppet Show predicted the future of the Star Wars franchise.
I had a tough time with this picture. I had a shot in mind, but I couldn't get the angle I wanted without losing some visibility of the barn. Unfortunately there is a major highway about 2 steps back from where I took this. Otherwise I think I would have gotten the shot I wanted. As it is, it is almost right.
I liked the cowboy silhouette, so I decided I'm going to do some more of those. Unfortunately once I scan them in flaws that weren't so noticeable in the pencil and paper version become very obvious. Still, I like the look of these, and it is easier than drawing in all the detail.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
The names for the posts are starting to have less, to do with the actual content of the pictures, because let's face it, how many times can I call something Woman's Face? Also, there was something about the picture that to me suggested someone who was trying very hard to be fabulous.
I draw a lot of women's faces, I know, but what can I say? I like women. This one is better than most I have done, but I still have a hard time with the nose. I named it after a Beatles' song because I love the Beatles, even though the picture's not good enough to warrant the association.
This ended up being messier than I intended, but I ended up liking the smudges, and instead of erasing them I enhanced them. So it's basically a shadow cowboy sitting on a white chair. I thought about doing the chair in silhouette as well, but then it became harder to tell where the chair ended and the cowboy began. After playing around with it, this is the version I ended up liking best, so here it is.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
I was pretty happy with this one. Just so we're clear, I'm not really going for photo realism. After all, if I want that I'll take a photo. I'm learning to draw so I can do more abstract stuff and things you can't do in a photo. Plus I just want to dabble in all the art forms.
Believe it or not this is smack dab in the middle of a medium sized town. There's a big parcel of land surrounded by banks and fast food restaurants, and the owner keeps cattle on it and appears to be building a new barn. I love the touch of rustic right in the middle of city life.
This one started out larger but it was having some major problems. So I cropped it down to just the part that I liked. Hair is meh but the face is okay. I noticed that the scan put a weird red mark under her nose so it almost looks like it is bleeding. Oh well.
Another winter tree, this one has a small evergreen sort of growing around it. I hope the smaller tree doesn't kill the older one. Something about the angle and everything of this one, almost makes it feel like a Halloween picture, even though it was taken in January.
Maybe it's obvious, but I modeled this on a photo of Jim Morrison. I wasn't able to get my singer to have that same quality of cool, but hey I'm not a magician. Need to work on lips, still having a hard time with them. Think I'll stop doing quick sketches soon and maybe start spending a little more time. I don't know though, because time is something I don't seem to have a lot of these days.
This old propane tank was just out on the edge of a field by some trees. It's been there for a while, judging by the rust. I wonder why it's there, and how it got there. It's strange how you'll be out in the middle of nowhere and just find these old pieces of things that people left behind.
She wasn't meant to have a lazy eye, it just kind of worked out that way. And since I don't believe in the constraints of conventional beauty, I ran with it. Plus was too lazy to go back and fix it. So here she is, for better or worse. Oh, and I think that was going to be a flower down by her mouth, but now even I don't remember what I was doing.
I talked about pictures telling stories in my last post. I hope that my drawings might get to a point of hinting at stories as well. I'll obviously never be known for my technical artistic ability (what is up with the size of the woman on the left's head?) but I hope to be able to give someone a moment of happiness or inspiration. Even with its faults, I think this picture hints at a story. That's why I think it is one of my favorites so far.
I believe that buildings have stories to tell. And when I find old, abandoned buildings, I feel like they might have some really interesting ones. My hope is to hint at their potential stories in the pictures I take. That you will look at it and wonder what may have happened there, or maybe even start your own story about it.
I take a lot of pictures of trees. They can just convey so many things. They can be powerful, or gentle looking. This tree to me shows cold and loneliness. But the great thing about trees is they always show promise and hope, because you know that in a few months this tree will be covered in foliage again and be looking its best.
It is hard to convey that she is wearing a glove without using color. Right now I am not wanting to do color, I just want to do black and white sketches. I might revisit this one at some point in the future though. I think some color might add a lot.
Friday, February 10, 2017
I actually drew this modeled from an old picture of some black and white movie star. After I was done I looked at it and realized it looks very similar to a Heavy Metal (the comic magazine) cover from the 80's I think it was. I guess whoever drew that must have used the same photo for inspiration. I don't even remember who the movie star was now.
I misjudged the scale a bit and so ran out of room for the wings. I still like it though, in fact I think it's one of the better things I've drawn. I may revisit this one and put in some background details. Right now I'm trying to just get past the stick figure stage.
My favorite part of this is the gas pump next to the old truck just sitting there, absolutely useless. This old shack wasn't near a house, it makes me curious what it is used for. I hope someone's not living in it, but this is out in the country so there is no telling.
Sunday, February 5, 2017
If you are into the whole political thing, then may I suggest you check out some of the political articles I have written, about topics like gun control , why I think America is already great, economic inequality, and ideological extremism. Even people who disagree are welcome, so long as you can be polite.