***Temporary Sketchbook Detour***
I began a solo motorcycle trip from Los Angeles on Friday, June 22, 2012, heading north, as far as I'm having fun. I'll be updating my sketchbook with posts from the road, and not necessarily artwork. I'm too beat by the time I'm in camp or in a cheap motel.
I'll continue with the sketches when I get back in a few weeks.
Yeah right! It's been months! I'll get back to it as I finish up some classes and have more time again. Maybe in another month, like in February, 2013.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
It takes me a couple days sometimes before I scan my sketches into the computer so I can format and upload them to this site. With this one, when I saw it on my computer screen, the proportions looked weird, so I decided to mess around with it in Photoshop. First, I tweaked the levels to make the blacks black, and the whites white, and to make the tones more true to the original drawing. Then I played with warping the shape of the drawing to correct the proportions. And finally, I cropped it, and darkened the top corners to rid it of distracting and unimportant information, putting the focus back on the face. Now it feels way more mysterious to me because it's dramatically shifted from what I originally had drawn.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
I sketched out this girl, then while attempting to fix an errant smudge, I accidentally saturated, then tore a pretty good hole in the paper. To salvage the rest of the drawing I pasted it onto a scrap page that I filled in with a red felt-tip marker. The red allows her torn image to stand out and I'd guess, makes it look as if it were intentional. It's a nice example of a happy artistic accident and letting the artwork create itself.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Monday, September 5, 2011
I went camping last week in Idyllwild at Fern Basin campground and did a quick sketch of the awesome view we had from the edge of our camp site. The sketch came out flat and dark with no depth or focal point. I guess that's part of using ink and finger smudging while rushing to be done.
Maybe I'll play with it in Photoshop just to hit upon what I mean about the lack of depth. I'd have to add a whole 'nother element to give it a focal point.