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monkey robot of love!

Posted: April 24th, 2011 | Author: admin | Filed under: art, drawing, painting | 1 Comment »


Monkey Robot of Love - Pen and ink with gouache

Actually, disease I think it’s a great ape, since it doesn’t have a tail. I mean, it could have a tail and we just can’t see it, but since I drew it I happen to know – no tail.

Click on the image for the giant size version.

Town Crier

Posted: September 19th, 2010 | Author: admin | Filed under: art, painting | Comments Off

I did this because I wanted to try out my new gouaches. I dug through pics cut out of old magazines until I found this color one – the caption reads “Town Crier Wears Carpet Slippers in Le Monastier – Antione Argaud, clinic 75 years old, blankets the main street with his oral advertisements and public notices. He prefaces each announcement with drumbeats. ‘Don’t make any picture postcards of me,’ he warned the photographer.”  You KNOW he was the town loonball, the 30′s Europe equivalent of this guy, and when folks in Le Monastier checked out how their town looked to the rest of the world they that it was all about Antoine. Fuckin’ Antoine.

As you can see, I started to put in a background, but I had to go to a party, so it didn’t happen. Besides, backgrounds are boring. Also, it’s unbelievably stupid that my combo scanner needs to have ink cartridges installed to SCAN. WTF, Canon?

I think me and gouache are going to get along just fine.

Just under the wire

Posted: June 3rd, 2010 | Author: admin | Filed under: art, painting | 4 Comments »

Day 2 of 30 days of creativity, this which I managed to do in spite of the fact that I was super-busy all day having THE MOST AWESOME BIRTHDAY EVER courtesy of The Knitter, who gave me awesome presents and took me out for sushi and a delicious cookie.

This Skeeter Davis, drawn from a very, very tiny picture I had of her in a book because for some reason I thought using a smaller original would make for a faster picture. I think I might be becoming senile. Also, it’s done in watercolor, a medium I loathe*. Good thing I like Skeeter Davis, huh? I think she has the same hairstyle in this video as in the photo I was working from.

I am not planning on turning this month into Portraits of Female Country Singers, unless you give me a good reason to. And I don’t even know where this portrait thing came from – the last time I was drawing regularly I only liked to draw furniture. I’m not even kidding about that. Well, and the occasional punk rock poster.

* Why work in a medium I loathe? Well, I really, REALLY like color. And watercolors require less space, prep and cleanup than oils or even acrylics. And I started this at 10:30pm and for some reason thought this would be faster than my usual hour and a half of drawing (not that I’m complaining, I think I make pretty good time). And I also really like painting, so I’m not so interested in colored pencils which, as you  may have guessed from the name, also contain colors inside them. Also, watercolors kept calling me up in the middle of the night, swearing they weren’t drunk and telling me they’re different now, they’ve really changed. And like a fool I believed them. Only getting back together with watercolors turns out to be like getting back together with your ex who’s still wearing sport coats with the sleeves pushed up to the elbows and boat shoes with no socks.  No matter what watercolors tell you, don’t believe them – no matter how many meetings they go to, they’ll never change.

I am running out of drawing puns.

Posted: April 19th, 2010 | Author: admin | Filed under: art, drawing, painting | 2 Comments »

I think I may have peaked with “Doodles, vitamin doodles!” Sorry about that.

Upon review, obesity I determined that neither of my steampunk gorillas were all that, so here’s a giraffe.

FYI, giraffes got weird heads. You heard it here first.

Here are two drawings I did from photos I took on BART. I got a little hung up on drawing from photos because, well, they’re not my work, are they? Then I realized that I have owned my own camera for years and have a bunch of my own photos to work with. Expect to see the fruits of my labors more in the future.

I’m mainly putting this next one up to keep myself from getting too big for my britches. Also to remind myself that one should practice ones craft if one doesn’t want to be sort of lame at it when one takes it up again after 20 years. But I have some good news too, folks! Oil pastels last in storage for 20 years! Even if I don’t hardly remember how to work them.

And lastly, an attempt at a landscape (from someone else’s photo). I like where it was going but I lost interest after a while. Twice. All I’m saying is that’s a lot of rocks to draw.