Archive for April, 2011


World of Color

April 27, 2011

I did this sketch of my 3 friends one night at Carly’s downtown. I really kind of liked this one and wanted to give it some color, but I’m a lousy painter and was afraid that if I took a brush to it I would ruin it. So I downloaded a 30 day trial of Corel Painter and used the watercolor feature to paint this drawing on the computer.

What great software! It really was just like painting in real life, except that I could undo every brush stroke I regretted. Which, okay, that really kind of defeats the whole point of painting, especially with watercolor, but what can I say? I am straight up namby pamby when it comes to color. But maybe this could be a stepping stone to the real thing. Or it would have been, had the 30 day trial not already expired.


I once caught a pizza THIS big!

April 23, 2011

This drawing reminds me of how I still haven’t even come close to mastering my own ability to draw. Some drawings turn out more realistic and detailed, and some turn out super cartoony. In this drawing I did not intend to make Eric and Ken (the two guys across the table) look like they were 12-years-old, and yet there they are.

Also, I realized after I did this one that I need to be mindful of not mixing conflicting moments. Brad (the guy gesturing) was actually drawn before the food came, while everyone was in the middle of conversation. Eric and Ken were drawn after the meal, when everyone was mellow, letting their food digest and waiting for the check. By drawing everyone at different times, it looks like Brad is talking to himself while the others are spacing out.

This drawing also reminds me of how much I love pizza.


Another Cafe Drawing

April 22, 2011

A busy afternoon at the Raven, one of my favorite haunts in Prescott.  If I could do this drawing over again I might not have made the “Order Here” sign, or the birds in the mural above it so dark.


Cushy Chair

April 21, 2011

Does this chair look comfortable or what? Aside from all the junk on it I mean.


Art History Showdown: Venus vs. Venus

April 20, 2011

I think it’s finally time we address the question we’ve been asking ourselves ever since that first semester of Art History: Who would win in a fight between the Venus of Willendorf and the Venus di Milo?

At first glance it seems like the Venus of Willendorf would be the obvious winner, being that she has the build of a sumo wrestler and the Venus di Milo doesn’t have any arms.

But wait! The Venus of Willendorf doesn’t appear to have any arms either. Or any eyes for that matter. And she’s only 4 inches tall!

My money is on the Venus di Milo.


Wise Words?

April 14, 2011

While flipping through an old college sketchbook I came across the following quote from my wise and talented creative cohort, Sharon:

“You only have one butt and it can only sit in one chair at a time.”

–Sharon Sebastian 4/16/01

This struck me for two reasons. The first being that I wrote this down ten years ago, almost to the exact day. And the second being, what the heck does this mean?

I’m thinking it has something to do with patience. For most of my life I was an unmedicated ADD space case who could never sit still long enough to finish a drawing. It wasn’t until around the turn of the century that I finally learned how to focus, and see things through to the end. So maybe that’s what Sharon was talking about.

This drawing of the swimming pool at my old apartment is from the same sketchbook. I remember the night I drew this. And I remember forcing myself to stay put, long after my initial enthusiasm wore off. I had something of an artistic break through when I finally learned to sit my butt in the chair (or in some cases on the ground).

Of course, just like every lesson, I’ve had to relearn this one many times. It might be time for that again.