Did these over the summer, but somehow forgot to put them up. They are mainly from Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, when I was sitting in the open air market doing portraits. They’re brush pen and watercolours, mostly.
I drew this after watching a few Youtube videos about the “Andrew Loomis” method of drawing faces. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BevsH0jOMA This method was actually a revelation to me when I first discovered it years ago, because I’d inherited a few Loomis books from an artist uncle. But am rarely able to get it to work. Just winging a portrait seems to work best for me, though there is a lot of erasing involved.
Anyhow I watched 4 videos of a guy copying a face from one of these books, and from the little bits of the side of his head that got into the video, came up with this character.
Then, leaving the sketchbook open, Nora came and sharpened her claws on the paper I’d just drawn on. A few of those claw marks show up on the “drawing board,” even though I put in some computer colouring over the whole picture, just for fun.
Most of the time, I watch “speed painting,” which is a person painting, but usually sped up to up to five times the speed, because watching someone paint is usually boring. Still, that’s interesting, but even not sped up, I’m faster than the Andrew Loomis method guy.
I want one of his neat pencil stub holders.
The building is from a book called “Forgotten Architecture” and is a brewery in Baltimore, Maryland. Would be interesting to see if it is still standing. Not a lot of fun to draw, however. Still, I want to do more architecture and machines.
Even though I drew it in brown pencil, it scanned dark, so I tweaked the colours. I’ll use straight lines next time, and better perspective, but I like the wiggly.
I love dinosaurs. Always have. Still, I’m trying to keep up with current thought on what they looked like, and not just redraw old images that probably didn’t exist. I like the idea that even the carnivorous ones were probably not monsters, but animals out in the wild.
Also, during my summer I worked at the Calgary zoo, I spent some time looking at the raptors (that’s carnivorous birds: hawks, eagles and owls), and the cassowary. That one was an intimidating creature, and it’s fun to think of that beast while trying to re-think dinosaurs.
Unfortunately, I drew a horse head too close in the corner (these sketchbooks are getting cramped!) But there you are.
Will have to do more research, anyhow. These are also interesting to me as ways of messing with colour schemes, and underpainting, to make the pictures look more vivid and bright.