Gill Man

Another one of my life drawings of an actual person – converted into a monster of sorts.




A drawing I did from Halloween two years ago…



Want to get better at drawing?

So there are those of you out there reading this blog who draw…and you want to get better at drawing.  Who doesn’t?  The one piece of advice I can give you is a very simple one – DRAW!  DRAW!  DRAW! The best way to practice is to pick up your pencil and draw.  Draw as much as you can.  The best thing to draw is to draw from life.  If it holds still, sketch it.  If you need to find subjects to draw, you don’t have to look very hard.

Hand Number 1

Hand No. 1, Graphite on paper

See?  To draw this, I didn’t have to go very far.  I just had to look at my very hand! Read the rest of this entry »

CG Poses for Us

I have a few more pieces here with CG, my squirrel pinup girl today.  First, let me explain my working process a bit.  I think up an idea and then I sketch it out.  It might take a few tries to get it right.  Sometimes, I have to consult photo reference if I want my girl in a special outfit for a specific pose.  I tend to work with my imagination and photo references.  At this time, I don’t use live female models.  But if any pretty ladies out there is interested in posing for me, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Anyway,  shall we start with something very pleasing to the eye?  I asked CG if she’d be willing to get into a bikini for me and hold that pose.  She did.

CG in a bikini

CG in a bikini, Pen-and-ink on paper, 8.5x11 paper

I’m proud of this piece.  CG looks pretty good in a retro style polka dotted bikini. Read the rest of this entry »

Life drawing samples

Life drawing (and the practice thereof) is an important part of any artist’s training, be you a novice or a seasoned pro.  It’s also a must, regardless what you draw.  Be it superheroes, photorealistic portraits, landscapes, comics, abstract painting, etc. – you must learn how to draw people from life.  I’ve had a few life drawing classes myself and I learned a few things.  One of my classes was an interesting one at the School of Visual Arts.  It was a course available in continuing education called “Drawing the Clothed Model” and was run by an illustrator named John Ruggeri.  I learned a lot from him and one of them was seeing lines in conjunction with negative and positive space.  That’s behind some of my life drawings here.

Life Drawing 001

Green chalk on newsprint

My goal here in my drawings for practice were to render the subject using not only shapes but both positive and negative spaces.  I did okay with it here…though I am out of practice.  I plan to talk more about negative space in a future post.  A detailed explanation of the theories behind negative space can be found in The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Dr. Betty Edwards. Read the rest of this entry »