Friday, September 21, 2007

kid stuff

More quick sketches. Ball point pen again. Not an attempt at perfection, but an exercise in maintaining the right approach. It's very easy to get sucked into rendering features. Instead, I'm trying to model a solid structure in space. You have to build the frame of the house before you can put up the vinyl siding.
As Sargent said: "If you work on a head for a week without indicating the features you will have learnt something about the modeling of the head."

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Saturday, September 15, 2007

back to school

Been reviewing Andrew Loomis lately to get the proportions right on kids heads. Harder than you think, I keep having to add more forehead!

Sunday, September 9, 2007


Everyone asks me to paint realistically, but sometimes I just like to have fun.

Friday, September 7, 2007

pencil mileage

Draw, draw, draw. Worked in ballpoint pen to force me to get the structure right before putting in the features, since there's no erasing. Sargent (the great master) used to work until he got the eye socket just right, and only then put the eye in "like an egg on a plate".

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

bad cow

Another illustration that never ran. For an article on irradiated beef sold in grocery stores.