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Monthly Archives: August 2009



I think I spoke, once before, about how much I like to draw what is called a continuous line drawing where I don’t pick my pen or pencil up from the surface of the paper. It is the single most important skill that helps my image making to improve. I think it is because I have to actually relax into feeling the edges and contours of something.




This drawing is considered a broken line drawing, but you can still see the long fluid line of my trying to feel the surfaces of the model.

In both drawings, I applied an ink wash. These were 20 minute poses.

meerkatlowrypk  Lowry Park Zoo

I created this painting from a photo my daughter took at Lowry Park Zoo. As I was creating it, I felt I knew this figure. Years ago I drew a portrait of ET for my son and realised there was a resemblance here. I looked up how ET was created and found that he was designed after a make believe friend that the young Spielberg had following his parents’ divorce. I guess it’s the raised head and the intelligent non aggressive look of this animal.

hoofinit enlarge by clicking on image

This painting was painted much the same way as St. Joe River Bend, below. I painted the background in a flat wash wet-in-wet and allowed that to dry until the shine left the paper and then filled in the shadow so it would blend with those colors. I painted the legs with dabs of color that were layed in next to each other and allowed that to dry. Next, I took a wet brush and smoothed all the leg areas, wiping my brush on paper towels so I always used clean water as I returned to the painting. This caused the pigment colors to flow into each other and created softer edges between color blotches. I did not do that in the trees in the post below (that’s why the edges are crisper in that one). The last thing I did was paint each tail hair in sweeping strokes using the colors that I used in the legs.