Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Inspiration of art books from the Seattle Public Library

The Seattle Public Library is a wonderful resource for inspiration. These three images came from books I checked out from the library, only I couldn't tell you now what the books were. The blocky image of the two children holding hands and the slightly Mesopotamian figure wearing the leaf shift were taken from a graphic novel I didn't bother reading, only flipping through the pages and thinking why would someone attempt to tell such a confusing story. 

As I remember, the artist and writer don't stick in my mind well, but I do remember finding the artwork crude, the coloring basically green and greyish throughout, and something eerie about these images caused me to copy them down in my sketchbook. The child's face in the lower right seemed to express the discomfort the other images brought me, but I think that was based on a photograph. Unfortunately I don't remember the details very well.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Archaic Grecian Statuary - nudity alert

For those of you looking for the naughty stuff in my sketchbooks, you won't likely find it here. I put the disclaimer on this blog because I discuss gender and sexuality here, but I have posted before about where I am posting the naughty stuff and if you care to see it, it is not difficult to find. And anyone really wishing to engage with my naughty drawings can easily contact me directly. I would love to share them with you.

Anyway, you will see nudity here occasionally, but mostly non-sexualized nudity. For example, these sketches from a photobook of Grecian funeral statuary. The head of a young man, examining the contours of how the hair is rendered and a Kouros or full standing figure. I saw several of these latter statues while visiting the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City back in the summer of 1989.

Besides an impressive collection of antiques, they also had an impressive sampling of Modern Painters and other artist's works, namely a very large Monet's Waterlilies which took up a full wall of the upstairs gallery and modern sculpture like Duane Hanson's "Security Guard", which I thought was very appropriate in a contemporary art museum.  I wish I'd had a weeks time to investigate the whole building, but of course these days they have more buildings.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Stylized faces - Inspiration from Commercial Art

You sometimes see amazing commercial art produced in the city. These four faces were quickly sketched from oversized ink on paper illustrations as part of a window display for a Bead shop up on Broadway Ave. in Capitol Hill in Seattle, back in the early Nineties. They were clearly based on glamour portraiture of Hollywood Actresses, but the reason I captured them here was the clear and simple way they'd been rendered creating striking images for an otherwise difficult to market item: beaded jewelry.

I actually worked on these in separate sessions, riding by on the bus and holding them in my mind as I attempted to recreate the simple strokes, later inking the width and direction of the strokes. Unfortunately the display was only up for one month and it was taken down before I could capture all the strokes.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

New Wave Dancer

Sometimes I'm inspired to draw just anything. Because of my association with Tod Streater I often thought up wild ideas for costumes. This wasn't based on anything other than the odd shapes I drew to form the coat. Something about bows and buttons, perhaps.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

"Shroom Dreams" - a loose sketch

One thing I remember about my mother and art was that she sometimes would draw us children while we slept. This portrait is a bit out of order timeline-wise, but since I don't think I have posted it before, here it is. I did this way back in college, probably around '87, when a fellow student (I think his name is Scott Rash) was visiting and I encountered him in our living room catching some shut-eye. He had a mohawk at the time, but it was down. I am perhaps a bit sheepish about posting this as the mushrooms were an afterthought and had little to do with the sketch.