Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Batman and Elephant

The other night, I watched American Beauty and drew a sketchbook still life of my The Dark Knight Returns Batman figure.  After that was complete and the movie was over, I still yearned to draw so I copied this elephant out of Newsweek until I fell asleep with Darjeeling Limited onYep, that's how my night went. 

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Plein Air with Musser 3

Friday afternoon Andy met me at my place and we walked down to the Platte River to do a quick plein air painting.  I was especially excited because I'd been yearning a long time to paint some of the awesome scenery around my apartment in the highlands just north of downtown Denver. We got a choice spot on a rock that juts out into the river, giving us an unobstructed view of the pedestrian bridge.  Here is a cell phone photo of our local:

 And my study of the bridge:

That's it for now, thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Faces from Leyendecker

Here's a sketchbook page filled with quick studies I did from my J.C. Leyendecker book:

Four dudes and four dames!  I am especially pleased with the guy in the top hat.  Any art or illustration fan should OWN THAT BOOK, by the way.  It's absolutely gorgeous.

Sunday, April 11, 2010


I've been really into Lucian Freud's work lately, so while at the library the other day I checked out one of his books and did a copy of his portrait, Gaz.  

 It's definitely one of my favorites by him.  Gaz, a Soho club musician, looks like quite the character, and Freud describes him as such in an interview.  Freud says, "[he] was sort of ludicrous.  He was always making difficulties, but they were basically economic, so I didn't mind."   He also quipped, "...The thing is, he was boring and fascinating at the same time."

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Left and Right

I went to the library after work yesterday and broke in a fresh sketchbook with some drawings from Newsweek photos.

These were a lot of fun and I think I'm now inspired to do some digital painting portraits to fill out my illustration portfolio.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Job Fair

Today I ventured out into the world on my bicycle to go to a job fair for some jobs at DIA.  To help protect my resume, and as general good practice, I brought along my sketchbook.  While waiting for a preliminary interview, I had a fair amount of time to draw some of my fellow job hunters.

During my interview, I brought up that I was a recent grad of Rmcad and my enthusiasm for drawing and painting.  I offered to show her my sketchbook and she was delighted to look through it.  It was a great ice breaker and confidence boost for the rest of the interview.
So, here's to hoping art helped me get a full time job that pays me more than the lowest amount legally allowed.  Cheers!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Still Life: Bananas and Tulips

As I walked by the table under our kitchen window, I saw these sitting there and was instantly inspired to paint them.  The positioning was already there; I don't know if I subconsciously arranged them the day before to make a nice still life, but all I had to do was removed a few pieces of mail and a tupperware container and I had my composition.
I had got the tulips for Dori's birthday and had wanted to paint them before they withered away.  Though Tulips are her favorite flower, Dori is disgusted by bananas, so there's a nice wee bit of irony to the picture.
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