Monday, August 31, 2009


Funday: Monday Monkeys

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Saturday, August 29, 2009

SP Saturday

This is based on a picture taken ten years ago. A whole bunch of family was in town for my sister's wedding shower. My uncle was noodling around on my Les Paul (he's pretty good). I was watching his fingers trying to figure out what chords he was playing so I could improv some sort of accompaniment. That was a fun day.

Figure Friday - a bit late

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Sketches of Horses

Tuesday's Tip: Change the way you hold your pencil.

This is the way I've always held my pencil. Until recently I never even thought there was any other way. Good control for detail.
Another common handle, a bit looser.
Try holding the pencil further back. Good for loose, light sketching.
I've been playing with this one a lot lately. Most of the motion is with the arm. Nice and loose. Much more comfortable when I hold my sketch book vertical.
Sometimes the pencil just doesn't want to cooperate and you need to let it know who's boss.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tuesday's Tip

Gesture Drawing
Don't think I've got this one mastered quite yet.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


some old stuff for you. Cheap, I know.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Tuesday's Tip

Some quotes from Ray Bradbury’s Zen in the Art of Writing. Yeah, I know it’s about writing, but it’s loaded with good stuff on creativity in general. The formula Bradbury proposes in this essay is simple: work, relax, don’t think, in no particular order. Work and work often. Don’t worry about the outcome or what anyone else thinks. Don’t worry if it doesn’t come out right, even if it’s just plain bad. Focus on the work for the work’s sake, the process for the process’s sake because that’s what it is, that’s what life is, a process. But Bradbury sais it way better than I can.

“And work itself, after awhile, takes on a rhythm. The mechanical begins to fall away. The body begins to take over. The guard goes down. What happens then?
And then the men are happily following my last advice:
Don’t think.
Which results in more relaxation and more unthinkingness and greater creativity.”

“Michelangelo’s, da Vinci’s, Tintoretto’s billion sketches, the quantitative, prepared them for the qualitative, single sketches further down the line, single portraits, single landscapes of incredible control and beauty.”

“All arts, big or small, are the elimination of waste motion in favor of the concise declaration.
The artist learns what to leave out.”

“The artist must work so hard, so long, that a brain develops and lives, all of itself, in his fingers.”

“To fail is to give up. But you are in the midst of a moving process. nothing fails then. All goes on. Work is done. If good, you learn from it. If bad, you learn even more. Work done and behind you is a lesson to be studied. There is no failure unless one stops. Not to work is to cease, tighten up, become nervous, and therefore destructive of the creative process.”

“What are we trying to uncover in this flow? The one person irreplaceable to the world, of which there is no duplicate. You.”

“ A sense of inferiority, then, in a person, quite often means true inferiority in a craft through simple lack of experience.”*

I’m a long ways from perfecting this process, but I can say when I’ve impressed myself the most, progressed the most, is when I work often and don’t worry about the outcome. The drawing may be horrendous, but there’s almost always something I like about it.
Anyway, I hope you find some inspiration here.

*Bradbury, Ray. Zen in the Art of Writing. New York: Bantam Books, 1992. Print.