Tuesday, December 20, 2011

This week in Drawings

 Hello again dear comrades, I'm sorry I missed last week, I'll try to post something extra this week to make up for it. I was doing pretty good with my goal of posting some good drawings each week and drawing everyday, but combine a week of poor inspiration and with bad habit-keeping and you get the perfect storm for no posts. Hopefully it won't happen again. So for this week, here are some drawings!

Here is a little piece I did for the Crowd Star Art Department's Secret Santa Event. My Friend, Jose Fuentes found this on his desk last Friday Morning. I hope he liked it. It's watercolor on coldpress. I am mostly okay with how it came out, though if I could do it again I would have spent more time planning the color. still it made a fun exercise and I enjoyed making it.

Here is another random drawing loosely inspired by ancient American architecture and sculpture. I spent a long time shading this one with the weird swirly hatching, It was really fun but I should spend more time on composition and structure before I get all squirrely on stylistic details... cause the end result is this... wobbly thing that wasn't really well-planned enough to justify the care spent in rendering it. I'm sensing a theme here #fucking planning.

Here are some other random drawings, just for fun.
I spend a lot of time worrying that I'm doing a lot of the same thing over and over again, exempli gratia: faces fucking carved into stone. They appeal to me as a subject matter because they are fun to stylize and place in environments. There is ample room for symbolism in the shapes that constitute their designs and also in the decorative motifs that adorn them. But also because they are commonly the crowning megalithic markings of ruined civilizations. The reasons megalithic ruins and civilizations-lost inspire me are many and sufficiently so to form another blog post entirely... But that's for another time. As for the worrying, I am trying to do less of it. I figure that even if I draw the same subject matter over and over again, at the very least, I am making more art.

 More art than I would if I were sweating over a blank sketchbook thinking of the "Stuff I Have Already Drawn and Everyone is Going to Think I'm a Hack if I Keep Drawing this Shit" list. So onward I go. That's all for this post, until next time.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


 My awesome co-worker, Daisy Church, recently returned from China and gave me this little souvenir! So I decided to go ahead and use it for my daily life drawing exercises. Thanks Daisy!  

Ashley Boyd: A friend who goes on daily drawings with me
A view from the outdoor patio of the Mojo Cafe on Divis

Downtown Burlingame
More Burlingame
One can't always have good compositions I suppose.
The wobbly Crowdstar building... I think it's been drinking again.

The next stone face piece... I haven't had much time to work on it but I look forward to it!

 This is a spin-off of one of the ideas from my Calm Her album project... Not quite what I'm trying to get to, but I liked this drawing despite that.
I've been watching a lot of Ancient Astronauts at work, that show is like crack. I watch it because it is fucking hilarious and chock full of crazy, but mostly because it's also chock full of fantastic shots of ruined ancient civilizations... the aesthetics of the Inca, Mayan, and Aztec civilizations are stuck in my head now.
Expect to see more next week, but that's all for this week, thanks for coming by.