Monthly Archives: February 2016

It [doesn’t] Hurt

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  Man it’s been plenty cold this week. I’ve been living on the road, working. Hotel time is drawing time, so I decided to do something to remind me of warmer climes.

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     I’m getting better at drawing bodies at off angles. Practice helps, right?

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       Again I use a three color process to set up my images. It helps me see what I have in mind and brings it out.

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     There! Now I feel a little bit better. Sorry I didn’t write a whole lot about it, since I’m working offsite this week. Too bad I can’t be in Miami!

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The Bougie Boogie

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    I have a dilemma. On the one hand, I find myself seeking out other artists. Learning different techniques and developing friendships is my goal. So far a lot of the individual artists are very supportive.

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    On the other hand, I was pretty much raised to be a warrior. That’s no exaggeration; I’m a 3rd generation soldier. Ever since I was little I was Cub scout leader, boy scout leader and so on in my military career. Now I work with federal law enforcement. So what’s the problem?

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      Most of the actual community functions like high school and I’m not overly concerned with the popular clique. I’m more into the results. For once I find myself staying on the periphery, wondering why I’m there.

I don’t like most artists, but I love their work.

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    It’s like finding your people after a lifetime of searching and realizing you don’t belong with them. And it’s not their fault; you’ve been changed too much.

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     All the things that I’ve grown to value are typically  despised. How can I be a member of a community and care so little for its values? What’s wrong with me?

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    Hmmm…that’s a very familiar refrain. NOW I remember!

   I felt the same way as a little kid.

    I wasn’t always so into fighting. Maybe I just need to stick it out and try harder. After all, I LOVE art. Shouldn’t I be able to get along better with those that love it as well?

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     Just a different kind of fight then. Mission accepted.

That Guy

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     I decided to see if I could duplicate a watercolor type style with my markers. This wasn’t a task I’ve attempted before; I’m a control freak when it comes to mediums. My watercolors aren’t very loose and flowing.

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      Once I penciled everything in and started coloring, it went relatively quickly. I’m getting good at breaking images into high, medium and low values. Plus I was going for speed.

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    When I was done, I felt pretty good about my completed project. Maybe a little too good. I posted it in a forum and asked for critiques. Everyone was very helpful. Then I got this question:

     “Why is he naked?”

     There’s always one…