Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Afternoon Gousche Sketches

I work a regular 9 to 5 job. Although I occasionally get illustration assignments I don't make enough to live off them. My lunch hours at work are a sacred time for me. A time I devote to sketching. I'm lucky enough to work in a large print room by myself so I am able to close the door for that hour and keep the rest of the world outside while I sketch away.

I keep a set of gouache paints as well as travel with brushes, pens, pencils, a small water color set and a couple of art pads. Armed also with reference material I begin to work from 1 P.M. till 2.

These two gouache sketches were made on my lunch hours this week. The top is done from a photo I took of my son after he had his hair dyed green ( I don't know, that's what the kid wanted and we obliged him). The other is from a reference photo I got from a site called Draw-This which is an resource of art reference material.

Draw-This website -

Friday, June 16, 2017

Portraits Done for a School Raffle

I attend an bi-annual Drawathon at the High School of Art and Design. I graduated from Art and Design  in 1983. I really look forward to the time of drawing and meeting up with old school friends.

A number of times a few of us were asked to contribute to the school raffle by painting a portrait of whoever won the drawing for that particular prize.

These are two of the three I've done. The top one is a watercolor of my friend Paul David Elisen. A terrific artist and art instructor.

The other is a gouache painting of Mr Marciano who teaches science at the High School.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Couple Of Quick Pencil Sketches

Couple of pencil sketches of my wife. The top one was done while she was watching Meet the Press and the bottom one was done while she slept. The bottom one was a little difficult because she moved several times. I tried to integrate what I was seeing with the memory of what the pose looked like moments ago before she moved.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Self Portraits

I've done many self portraits over the years. Sometimes I would sit in front of a mirror, sometimes I would use a photo, Sometimes I would paint a straight forward self portrait and other times I would use a bit of imagination- like portraying a pirate. Sometimes I would try and generalize more and other times I would try and put as much detail as I can.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Pen and Ink Composition Process

Poe stories are a source I return to every now and then for ideas. One of the things I always wanted to do was to illustrate a collection of my favorite short stories by him. The Masque of the Red Death would be number one on my list.

I've loved the comics adoptions of Poe stories, especially the ones done in the Warren black and white magazines. I wanted to also try my hand at illustrating these stories.

As it goes I had some free time to work on this. I really agonized over the first page in the first story I choose to adapt'

I decided to work on an overall composition then I would draw the individual characters in my sketchbook and cut and paste the figures in Photoshop. I would print out the file and touch it up with brush, pen and ink and a bit of whiteout.

When I finally arrived at something I liked I would draw out the final image on bristol board and ink it. The lettering was done in Photoshop after I scanned the final image.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Sketching On The Train

Simple little sketch was so much fun to do. Sitting in the train on my way back from work I saw this man dozing off and he looked like an interesting subject to draw. 

I don't know how good this sketch would seem to someone else but it was a lot of fun to do.

I like using just the ball point pen because I had to really focus on what I'm doing. Only a little room to improvise on small errors.

I used to do this kind of sketching more often.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Sketches And Doodles

Sketches and doodles. I think they're the same thing. Its that thing I do at work when no one's looking or I'm on my break and it doesn't matter who's looking. I always keep pencil or pen and paper by me  I also have become accustomed to sketching before I go to bed at night and also when I wake up in the morning. I may use photo reference or I may just sketch from imagination.

The images on this post are some of those sketches (or doodles) I did this week.