Sunday, June 28, 2009

Sunday Morning in Audubon Park

My wife and I spent a good part of our morning sitting in Audubon Park drawing the trees. I think we both might have wanted to work on our drawings a bit longer, but by 11:00 the heat was so intense that we were more than ready to head over to Cafe Luna for some cold drinks. Even with the heat, it was still a very nice way to spend a Sunday morning. I came away with this drawing of one of the magnificent live oaks in red conte.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A Big Man With a Big Grin

This was drawn from a photo in the New York Times. Apparently this guy is a manager at a company called AMB, which does some sort of complicated real estate thing that I don't understand but which is probably destroying our economy in some way or another. I don't think I actually captured much of a likeness, as the finished drawing looks to me like a cross between Lyndon Johnson and the Penguin from Batman. Even so, it was a lot of fun to work on and I think it's a good learning experience to draw portraits of people who have unusual sorts of features and facial structure, as this guy most certainly does.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

House on Jefferson Avenue, New Orleans

This is a house on Jefferson ave in New Orleans, just across the street from the CCs coffee shop at the corner of Jefferson and Magazine. I drew this in a few sittings, starting out from a table in front of the coffee shop and then finishing off a few of the details from a photograph at home.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Asian Art Room at the New Orleans Museum of Art

I've spent a lot of time over the past couple of weeks wandering around the New Orleans Museum of Art. The Asian art room is especially cool. I drew this suit of Japanese armor in several sittings over the past three weeks:

I went a little quicker on this Chinese statue. They have two of these in a case side-by-side and I think I may go back and do a more detailed study.

Friday, June 5, 2009

More Figure Drawing at Fair Grinds Cafe

I've been going to the figure drawing sessions at Fair Grinds Cafe almost every week for a while now and I've really been enjoying it. My first few drawings last night felt a little flat, so I started switching back and forth between ink and pencil in an effort to force myself to take a different approach. I'm pretty happy with how these came out and I'll probably start doing more of these in ink when I go back next week.