Saturday, December 8, 2012

Student drawings VI

More student drawings.

I am trying to do a bunch for them so my students will be able to take their art home for Christmas.

Again no names. But they still shine like stars.

"Generosity pays off in myriad ways."
 ~ Jane Champagne

Friday, December 7, 2012

Work Meeting - Part II

This was the second painting I did during the work meeting. I really like how I rendered the NOS energy can. It was actually a lot of fun to draw.

"People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing."
 ~ Dale Carnegie

Thursday, December 6, 2012

IOOF - Jerri

There was an Odd Fellows meeting this Tuesday and I used it as an opportunity to give this painting out.  It is both good practice and great fun to do these drawings during the meetings.

Painting helps me to focus on what's going on and it gives pleasure to the people I paint. So it is win-win.

This painting is of Jerri. She is the wife of the current leader of the organization and head of the scholarship committee. This is a good likeness, although her face here is a little bigger then it should be. It is my bane, it seems, making the heads too big for the figures. I am getting better at it, though. Practice!

"There is a sort of mediated ecstasy that occurs 
when you actually do the 'work' of painting. 
That is to say, you can't have too much fun." 
~ Brett Busang

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Another portrait of a friend. It actually is a really good likeness of Manny.

I used a yellow watercolor pencil on this one to varied effect. I like how some of the figure and portrait look here. 

"There are some days when I think 
I'm going to die from an overdose of satisfaction."
 ~ Salvador Dali

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

HMoA Drawing Class - 12-03-12 - Tina

Yesterday was figure drawing at the Honolulu Art Academy and I rocked last night's class. I am really happy with the pages from yesterday. Above is arguably my favorite of the night.  It is three 2 minute gestures with a 30 minute pose on top.

"Thirty minutes?" You say, "I thought the classes pose were 20 minutes."

They normally are, but someone had the great idea of one longer pose at the end and I really thank them. This was a reclining pose so I cropped the figure like that on purpose and I think it creates a neat effect.  Looking back on the figures, I was really liking the yellow ocher and the red that night. I think they look great together in this drawing. The red shadows look really neat, too.

You can see my process with these in this one above. During the 10 two minute gesture poses, I filled up four pages with drawings to use later in the night. Then during the longer poses I placed them with the figures and the wash background. Last night, I doubled up on the set of poses on a single page, so I have this page of gesture drawings. A pretty good set of them at that.    

This page is two 2 minute gesture drawings in pen, with two 5 minute poses, with a 10 minute pose and a 20 minute pose.  I really like this page. There is such a play between all the figures on the page. I really like this page.

I really like this page as well. There is such a nice mood and feeling in this drawing.  It came out very well.

Not sure how this crop of it looks. If it improves the drawing or not. 

This life drawing class is on Monday at 7PM. It is located at the The Honolulu Museum of Art School, formerly the Academy Art Center at Linekona. There is a 10 dollar class fee.
"Naked is a human commodity. Nudity is God's art." 
~ David Allio

Monday, December 3, 2012

Work Meeting - Josh

So I had a training meeting this weekend. As always, I took the opportunity to paint. 

This is Josh. He has worked with me, helping one particular case. This is a pretty good likeness of him.

I am a little unhappy with how big the head looks. Part of it is the foreshortened arms and it looks odd with the baggy clothing.

"Nothing in a portrait is a matter of indifference. 
Gesture, grimace, clothing, decor even – 
all must combine to realize a character." 
~ Charles Baudelaire

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Gesture Drawings

Here is a set of my work from the Windward Community College (WCC) gesture drawing class.

This is a really nice page of gestures. I especially like the drawing on the upper left corner.  

Here is that figure cleaned up and cropped. 

I used a black tambo pen for this set of drawings. The drawing class is on Fridays at WCC at 9:30 AM. There is a 5 Dollar Class fee.  The college vision is Ka Mālamalama o ke Ko‘olau - “Enlightening Ko‘olau.” The school is a jewel in the University of Hawaii system.

"Draw, as much and as often as you can. 
When drawing lies fallow, the skill diminishes." 
~ Gene Black