Sunday, May 1, 2016

Collage and Mixed Media

Approaching the Broken

"Approaching the Broken"   Oil and Acrylic on canvas  Dimensions 36" x 48" approx.

Broken Field

"Broken Field"   Collaged canvas Spray paint, Oil paint, Paint marker on wood panel. Dimensions 10" x 10" approx

"Broken Earth"  Collaged Canvas mounted on wood panel   Oil paint, Paint marker  Dimensions 10" x 10" approx

"Collisions in Proto Space"  Oil paint, charcoal and collage on canvas  Dimensions 40" x 60" approx.


"Broken Rhythms"  Oil paint, Paint markers, Spray paint on Canvas  Dimensions 36" x 48" approx.

Friday, February 26, 2016

More gestural drawings of commuters

Drawings of Commuters

Red line commuter


Redline Commuter

People with baseball hats

Commuter Feet

Commuters on greenline


Castle Island - Fishing

Carol and Titus watching fishermen 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Gestural drawings in five minutes or less

Drawings of Commuters

For some time now I have been drawing commuters on the Boston public transit system. Public transit is a particularly good situation in which to train yourself to see really well and to draw quickly. People are usually not the least bit interested in you as they maintain their private space reading, listening to music, playing games, or daydreaming while you sketch away.  
If you are a regular user of public transit yourself you know people board the train, sit or stand somewhere and remain mostly not moving and usually for no more than a few minutes.  Soon they will leave so you will have very little time to draw them.  It is an excellent way to improve on your skill to quickly capture the most important features of a face, posture, gestures, and the cut and fit of clothing.

Sometimes I might inadvertently make someone feel uncomfortable when they notice I'm drawing them. If that happens I stop and look for another subject or just wait for someone else to settle down nearby.  Choosing a subject can be a challenge.  I have learned that my attention on them might be felt even if they are not looking up so I try to be as unobtrusive as possible. 

A useful method for drawing is to gaze carefully but briefly with good focus on the features that will best express the unique personality and mood of the person. The image will stay on the retina just long enough to get the marks down on the page. It does take practice to develop this. However, by choosing one specific feature at a time to focus on, features that especially capture your attention, you can start to learn to get a good likeness.

Sometimes I can't even see the person's face but they look interesting in other ways. The figure just below was a guy with a big mass of dreads that hid his face. He sat there reading for a while and I tried to figure out how to draw this.  The main thing was his hair, his arms and hands and his posture.  So i just drew what I could see and even though his face wasn't visible because his head was bent down and his dreads hung forward I still felt that I caught a good sense of the strong focus he had on his reading.

In this drawing above the fellow on the greenline kept his head down while reading his book and I never actually got a chance to see his face, only a thick mop of dreads. 
This was a woman with a young boy at Broadway Station on the redline

Woman waiting in Broadway Station as a gust of wind blows her hair
A man seated on the redline looking pensive. A second face appears just below his own face. Most likely this was another commuter who boarded the train after the first fellow got off. 
Some Shoe Styles

An unfinished drawing