I have been errant in my "posting" responsibilities. Although I haven't drawn and doodled as much as previously, I have done a few quickies over the past few months. Here's a quick run-down:
This is the airport in New Orleans. I was early for the flight and had to keep myself entertained for an hour before boarding.....
This was done on that plane ride home to Atlanta...
A few weeks ago my wife surprised me with concert tickets to see Sir Paul the Beatle...we got there very early, as was required. I was shocked to see how many people were there...but was more fascinated by the light stands and speaker stands throughout the park. Here was a quick sketch of one...
Finally, here is this one. I couldn't sleep last night, so I sat at the kitchen table listening to Pandora and letting the pen move around. I liked the outcome.
Yes, it has been a while since I last posted. I guess you could say, it's been a DEVIL of a time trying to find time for recreation. However, the last couple of days I spent some time with the kids doing the "Sculpey" clay and I just like doing little busts. Once I get done with them I always add a couple of horns (to my wife's dismay). I didn't like this one as much because I used the white "Sculpey" instead of the flesh colored, which made it very opaque and it didn't take watercolor at all. So, I had to use acrylic to color it. Even after painting it, it just wasn't working for me. The saving grace was to put a high gloss finish on it. That way it almost looked glass-like and then the paint that I used seemed to work a little better. I'll be using the flesh colored clay for the next project.
The other night I was playing around with the kids. We did more polymer clay sculptures to pass the time. I ended up making this guy, but only painted him tonight. Yes, it is somewhat macabre...in fact, it's actually kind of disturbing if you think about it...oooh but it was fun to make. Enjoy.
I'm still trying to figure out what I'll do with the little guy. I put a few holes around the edges, maybe I'll hammer him onto a wall in the garage, or glue him to the front of the mailbox. That should brighten up our postman.
Tonight I made gnocchi for the first time in our family. My wife and I love it, but my youngest...we'll that's a different story all together. You see, it looked different, it wasn't breaded or deep fried, there was no cheese over the top of it, nor was it covered in chocolate, which meant that it wasn't good. After we coaxed, begged, pleaded, threatened and force fed, he finally realized that he did not only think it was edible, but likable. I did this little sketch after dinner while he was playing in the yard.
Many years ago I got on this kick of making papier mache masks. I remember wishing that I had a kiln so that I could do ceramic stuff, thinking it would be fun. Well, today I found some polymer clay that fires at a low enough temperature that you can do it in your oven. I made a tiny little head, and I'm hooked. I'll definitely be doing more stuff like this.... (my wife is upset that I put horns on the guy so the next one will have to be a guy singing in a choir, or paying tithing or something...)
I took some pictures of the thing in my hand to show how small the little guy really is:
As a tribute to a squirrel so skillfully drawn by Mr. Tommy Kane, I wanted to play around with the idea of taking something fuzzy and cozy and adulterating it a bit. Definitely not in the same caliber as Tommy's stuff, but I enjoyed getting back to the pen and ink and watercolor.
I was called to repentance recently for not posting more regularly on this site and my writing site. Indeed, life is ready to pour its many distractions into each of us if we let it. So, in the spirit of "posting" and "repentance", I did this little study of a drop-box, a wall, stickers and graffiti.
Read into it what you like, but it was a productive study with gouache.
Yet another "fat" sketch. I love exploring the lines and curves of a chunky, plumpy subject. Here's a quick sketch I did after work. I will color later, maybe this weekend when I have some free time. Looks like it is time for this guy to lay off the Pringles and Little Debbie snacks......
Another quickie sketch to fill a peaceful Saturday afternoon. Where did this one come from......can't say. Could it be because my phone keeps ringing, and ringing, and ringing.........HELP ME GET AWAY FROM THE RINGING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I decided to pull out the ol' pencil...I was too lazy to fill up my Lamy Safari with ink. I like the feel of organic lines that's hard for me to achieve with pen and ink....I have to confess though, all the time I was drawing I wanted to make it tighter with pen and ink. I need to break through that constraint.
A few days ago I posted a quick sketch of a nice little man cooking. I have finally had a little time to put some color to it. I don't know if I like it as much as I did non colored, except for the oven mitts, those came out better than I had expected. This is watercolor and Noodler's ink.
I spent some time cooking yesterday and today. As I got ready for bed, I pulled out the ol' sketchbook (since I couldn't sleep) and started doodling. This is what came out. I'll put more detail in later, and possibly some color, but I was happy with the start... more to come on this:
Alas, a day off from work finds me with brush in hand and images to put on paper. This is what leaked out of the brush this morning. There's nothing better than the antique television sets...I could live in a room surrounded by them. The woodwork and craftsmanship put into those old sets puts today's disposable appliances to shame. Enjoy
I love to write and draw, hence the creation of leakingmindjuice.blogspot.com and sketchpot.blogspot.com. I write and sketch to fill a void, but if it proves interesting to others then it's good for us both...Enjoy!