Sunday, July 28, 2013

Return to the Portrait Party

One of the best things ever on the internet is the Flickr group Julia Kay's Portrait Party. Yes, I know I've talked about this before, but it's been a while and it bears repeating. It's a fairly simple idea - people post pictures of themselves, other people draw them and post their drawings. It has turned into a very active group over the years with some really remarkable work. It's also one of those things that's always out there when I feel like I want to draw but can't seem to think of a subject. These are a few of my recent efforts, all of which were done pretty quickly. I tend to treat these as a way to mess around with materials or techniques that I normally wouldn't use - an ink drawing all in line? An excessive amount of white conte on top of a charcoal drawing? Sure, why not.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

That Gum You Like is Going to Come Back in Style

This is an attempt at David Lynch in charcoal pencil. I may have inadvertently added a few extra pounds around the neck, but I like to think that I have captured at least a little of his essential Lynch-ness. I still have no idea what to make of "Lost Highway."

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

House on 15th ave, Seattle

I've been walking by this house for a couple of years now and I've always wanted to stop and sketch it. It's got that "just run down enough" feel that gives it a lot of personality without making it look abandoned or haunted. My neighborhood could use a little more of that sort of thing. I did most of this on location from across the street, although I did finish off a bit of the detail from a photo when I got home.