Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
8,5"X11". It is not often you can meet big sketchbook in combination with the great paper, capable to withstand extensive washes and rough eraser.
I was drawing this leaves, branches and thinking how wonderful would be to get lost as a bug in the grass (I actually wrote it in Russian in the drawing), not to think, not to feel, not to be responsible. It brought to mind Kafka's Bug, I loved that story and in my early teaching years I told it in my own words to little kids and they drew illustrations, amazing illustrations from their point of view on this awkward, lonely, unlovable human/bug.
Pear ink is almost over. Really liked that composition with long shadows and intimate conversation of that group of chairs. I will have to finish bigger version of it. With different ink, because this Pear ink sample is gone, used up.
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Friday, May 25, 2012
My admired Hokusai learned all his life and was getting ready to create at the age 100.
Here is a quote:
|“||From around the age of six, I had the habit of sketching from life. I became an artist, and from fifty on began producing works that won some reputation, but nothing I did before the age of seventy was worthy of attention. At seventy-three, I began to grasp the structures of birds and beasts, insects and fish, and of the way plants grow. If I go on trying, I will surely understand them still better by the time I am eighty-six, so that by ninety I will have penetrated to their essential nature. At one hundred, I may well have a positively divine understanding of them, while at one hundred and thirty, forty, or more I will have reached the stage where every dot and every stroke I paint will be alive. May Heaven, that grants long life, give me the chance to prove that this is no lie.||”|
Monday, May 21, 2012
I tried here Pear ink, present from my daughter. It is more yellow than my previous inks, but I really like it, so positive and smooth, but missing richness of J.Herbin's organic inks. I used couple of Kuretake pens on Bockingford 90 lb paper.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Little Delta book 6"x8" is so cute and comfortable to drag along, so I sharpen my pencils and hope for some sketching adventure, with Bijou box, since it takes washes so gracefully.
Here used ink and Kuretake and Tradio pen.
Friday, May 18, 2012
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Saturday, May 12, 2012
I used ink and Kuretake pens on Hahnemuhle torchon paper. I love this bread, it brings me to simplicity and core of life.
Friday, May 11, 2012
I outlined the figure of musician and the rest dissolved into the light. I used ink and gold watercolor for saxophone, it doesn't scan well.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Sunday, May 6, 2012
I used ink and Inktense blocks, it was a present from Bob, from Scotland, really interesting technique. THANK YOU, BOB!
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Here drawings on A train, I was standing and it was shaking pretty badly, so lines a little more loose. I decide to put to work "The perfect pencil" by Faber Castell, the plastic version, because obviously I can't afford Graf Von for $500, which probably has useful sharpener and feels amazing in the hand. I was pretty happy how a bit hard pencil was gliding on juicy Stillman&Birn Gamma sketchbook paper. Union made in heaven. No smudges.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
My opinion, moulding needs a tiny touch of antiquing in the deep parts to complete transition from the walls to the ceiling. Almost 2 washy lines on the top and bottom crevices.