Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Another year, another face melting

  Every year I draw a guitarist for my younger brother (a one-man, six-stringed stampede) on the occasion of his birthday.  Last October I was away and severed the continuity, but I came back strong this year with a blue-maned style-maven-of-a rocker...  Someone get this woman an amp!

pencil, micron, copic marker (black), gouache and marker on bristol board

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Character Development

  Last year, perhaps mostly in the name of designing a killer Halloween costume, one of my sisters devised a female version of my spaceman character: "Spacewoman!"  To write that she is "a female version of" another character is perhaps inaccurate, but the dictionary definition of "counterpart" smacks of a kind of origin-of-Eve dependency that doesn't do justice to this character's existence.  I guess I could say that my sister created a female character who exists in the same universe as my spaceman (whose gold-helmeted profile graces the top of this blog), and that maybe they are cosmic teammates or something like that...  Further investigation (like a phone call to lil' sis) is warranted.
  Now that we live on different coasts, I'm free to indulge one of my very favorite pastimes, Transcontinental Screaming.  Cathartic, yes.  Effective, less so.  And so I'm left with letter writing.  And it's hard to send a letter without an envelope (okay, not exactly true), and rarely does an envelope make it from my aching hand to the mail drop without at least a whisper of a sketch on its stark, utilitarian sides...

  Here's my version of Spacewoman drawn on the crispy envelope of a letter sent to my sister.  No need for a spoiler alert:  she opened it yesterday.  Should I have used a semi-colon there?

pencil, micron, copic marker (so fun to use!), and gouache on oversized envelope



Monday, October 3, 2011

Sample Platter

  Dear Reader,

  Today's post features some sketches from my mind, some of complete strangers, a little landscape, some interiors of a subway train, and an acrylic painting of an eggplant.  The majority of the drawing/painting I've done lately has been in my little black sketchbook.  Hoping to bust out larger scale/more finished work soon!  I'll keep you posted.

"matching brutes" ballpoint and blue prismacolor pen

trees (and bunny) on Long Pond, micron

 The Silver Surfer (Marvel Comics), a birthday sketch for myself, pencil

Seats on the Red Line, ballpoint

Red Line from Quincy, micron

Arugula and Eggplant, acrylic on canvas, 5"x7" ea.

Manchild, ballpoint