Saturday, August 13, 2016

"Life in Curry" - a Portrait at Noodle Studio c.1998

At some point, I scanned this image from one of my sketchbooks that I originally drew in August of 1998 after I'd returned to Seattle from my year away in '96. At the time there was a favorite Thai restaurant on Broadway at the epicenter of Capitol Hill, called "Noodle Studio". Some of my readers may remember this restaurant and recognize the sculptures I drew in the background of this "portrait".

I remember feeling very melancholy about having to dine alone on that day, but I was celebrating my ability of finally being able to take myself out for a nice dinner, something I hadn't really done in over a year and a half. As the image illustrates, I was wearing contacts and cutting my hair quite short. Also, the whole situation found me in quite the contemplative mode.

Anyway, despite the poor scan quality I am sharing it now because it has been so long since I've cared to post anything new and I know it will be quite some time before I share much from this particular sketchbook as it is chronologically late in comparison to the early ones I've already shared. I look forward to the time when I can share it.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch - 1997

Many years ago in the late Nineties I came across an enigmatic face in a magazine. This is the result, although I do have to admit I minimized the rather sharp and perfect line of his upper lip which I realize now only takes away from the portrait. Lately the actor whose face it was in that magazine has come into his own on television and in movies, so I've been equally haunted by my own prescience in drawing this image. I am quite pleased still by the intensity in his expression which in my mind is matched by the own actor's presence.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Tod Streater, 1990

I've not posted in quite a while, which is how my brain works. I think about doing things more often than I actually do them. One thing I actually did recently was take files off an old hard drive, so I could recycle it. Looking over these old files was, as friend Maxxwell says, like finding Pirate Booty. I started by sharing old photos of friends on Facebook that I'd not been able to do previously.
Here is another image I found. I'd been wanting to post it for a long time, but because it is so large it was resisting my efforts to digitize it. This is a portrait of a friend I drew way back in 1990.  I met Tod when I first moved to Seattle.
Tod was very intelligent and creative, designing costumes and props for several local theaters. He was a wizard at taking what he had on hand and making the end result look effortless. He also knew a lot of people in Seattle, so I met many interesting people through him.
Tod died in '93 and I featured him in my zine Gae-raj that I published the following year. I wanted to include this image in the zine, but never found a scanner that could do it justice. The original image is around 30x24, so I've stitched some imperfect scans that were sitting on that old hard drive together to create this image. I haven't done many pen and ink portraits, but I think this one counts as my best and favorite.