January 26, 2015 0

“Think about hair…” “…I don’t wanna.”

By in pencil, sketches

hair1sma

January 23, 2015 0

Game of Thrones Character

By in Gouache, sketches

thrones1small

I’m just happy to be painting things, however crudely, and uploading them to the blog. Will try to be more regular with the posting, and entertaining.

January 22, 2015 0

Ugly Art is Fun

By in color, digital

sailor

Pretty art is fun too. But there’s a lot of ugly in the system that needs to get out.

January 22, 2015 0

Morticia

By in ballpoint pen, sketches

morticia

January 2, 2015 0

Mme. Pellerin R.I.P.

By in ruttan's place, watercolor, watercolour

mme-Pellerin

My neighbour, Madame Pellerin, died today, or maybe yesterday. I learned this today from my neighbour Mme. Goudreau. Madame Pellerin had been living in the apartment to the lower right of me in this triplex, and was there when I moved in, in 1991. More recently I would do little chores for her, like shovelling the steps or putting in storm windows. She lived by herself, though she was taken care of by her two sons, who visited often. Sadly, she took ill before Christmas, and the holiday decorations in her windows ended up never being lit.

Though she was very slow in her older age, and walked with her quad cane, as in the drawing up above, she was independent, and lived life on her own terms up to the end. So, I hope she had a happy life.

I had done a sketch of her years ago, when she used to sit in her outdoor rocking chair during the summer, along with a friend, and watch the passing scene as I did from my balcony up above. I wanted to post that as a memorial, but couldn’t find it in my sketchbooks, or my flickr.com queue. So I did a new drawing this afternoon from memory. However this shows her a little more enfeebled, more like she had been recently. It’s my first drawing dated 2015.

January 2, 2015 0

Grumpy Character

By in digital

old-guy3

December 30, 2014 0

Silhouette Cat

By in cats, digital

greencatsmall

This is a digital drawing where I started with a silhouette painted with a large brush, and then filled in highlights and details with smaller brushes.

December 27, 2014 0

Star Trek Guy

By in digital

trek-boy

This Star trek dude has no reason to be smug. He’s wearing a red shirt.

December 2, 2014 0

Faces from Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue and elsewhere

By in brush pen, heads, paintings, sketches, watercolor, watercolour, women

ste-anne

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.

women

bieber

November 26, 2014 0

Professional Artist

By in sketches

old-artist-3

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.

November 21, 2014 0

Sketchbook Pages

By in color, Coloured Pencils, sketches

darkness-my-old-friend1

Here are a bunch of images from my sketchbook recently. In gouache, coloured (and not) pencil.

sepia

spockguy3

runner,-etc4

pencilpage

halloween-2014

November 21, 2014 0

Tonkinese

By in cats, color, watercolour

tonkinese4

This little picture is in honour of my friend’s cat, now sadly departed.

November 19, 2014 0

Italians

By in color, sketches, watercolor, watercolour

italians

david

November 17, 2014 0

Paintings of Guys

By in digital, sketches

grouch1

Going to try to do slightly more exciting things than these. But the computer painting is working not so badly.

chin-man

bald-guy