woman sitting on a large chair by alex feliciano

Tuesday night’s figure drawing event, look at (iPad and Paper53) work.

Tuesday’s bi-monthly Alpharetta Figure Drawing/Painting Group. This week was destiny came to model for us. I was teaching my Street Art class till 7:30 so showed up a bit late. I missed the one minute warm-up poses. Great lighting as always and the snacks are good although right now i’m working on my heath so no cookies.   I got there just in time for the last two five minute poses. Line drawing in Red ink of Destiny stretching with hands forward. Five minute pose. Hunched and resting, line drawing with red ink of Destiny, five minute pose. One leg forward, sitting …

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alex feliciano at figure drawing group, drawing scott

Figure drawing event, Sketchbook (iPad and Paper53) look.

I brought an iPad to the bi-monthly Alpharetta Figure Drawing/Painting Group. The Group brought in Scott to pose he’s the first male model in a long time and it’s the first time using my iPad at a life drawing event. Tonights sketches all posted below. We started, like most sessions, with one Minute poses. I took a minutes to make a quick pallet. As the night went on i added a pink and yellow. Big fills with ‘Roller’ tool. I’m using #Paper53 to do the drawings. The ‘Roller’ tool is my favorite! Still just doing one minute drawings I feel a bit clumsy with the …

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More Post-it note fun

I have been using these little yellow squares like crack, little doodle yellow scraps of sticky paper. Loving the ‘Stabilo’ point 88 markers. Doodling while kids are at karate. alway carry markers. I might make a Block, for printing out of this one. I have never done a multiple print block print, But… Expanding ‘There’ and ‘Their’ to Oscar (6) while in the middle of a monster doodle fight. Having a great day and doodling it in small moments of time.

Street art class makes Prints

Stickers, you wanna’ make stickers… Ok, what do you know about a printing press? So we selected some sketches, tried them out using thick makers on paper (Draw thick lines to cut thick lines). The students worked out the composition on paper then transferred it over to the rubber printing blocks. Then the scary part KNIFES you can’t make cool stuff without them. After a quick safety lesson including graphic descriptions of possible wounds I passed out the block cutting knifes, happy to report no injuries. HURRAY! They cut thin then cut thick ribbions out of the rubber block, soon they …

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cardboard bear head on graffiti wall background

Bear Head Is On The Move

This weekend update: I packed up the minivan with tons of painting supplies, lots of cardboard, glue guns, and two kids and headed to Sis and Moons to start an large installation (still in progress). The kids Helped me unpack boxes of paint and odds and ends, in the process earned some choice pieces of cardboard, and settled in the back to work on their totem pole (thanks Chris). Below is a picture of one canvas we use in the ‘Street Art‘ class and my new wall. The bear head strapped to the top of the van, lots of cardboard and a minivan …

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Three woman paintings

Update: Three woman paintings, they are working out. I have been finding moments to paint. Clem reminds me while she finds a warm spot on the floor in the studio. (Thanks Steve for the great easel). Three woman paintings, 30″ x 40″, acrylic on canvas. I have been going to a open sketch group and working up painting based on some of the sketches. Every painting is getting more pumped to get to the next one. The patterns in this one is making me happy, slowly I go. This is Clem’s favorite painting.  

Alex Feliciano figure drawing at the drawing event

Figure drawing event, Sketchbook look.

First of the year Alpharetta Figure Drawing/Painting Group. Thanks for the great event, Ann M. rocked it, and the Alpharetta Figure Drawing/Painting Group started my year off great. Tonights sketches all posted below.   Twenty minute sessions: The shadows tonight were great, the light was behind her and she was bathed in shadows. I had to really work to see the subtle changes. Ten minute sessions: I have finished this book, next book is a bigger spiral bound, I’m very excited to wreck a new one. Five minute sessions: The HANDS! She had great hand, holding wonderfully, casting shadows, and interesting archs… …

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Street art class, on The PaintYard

The Paint Yard, wrote a nice post about the ‘Street Art Class’ The paint yard is a great place to get a variety of spray paint and supplies (fat caps, liners, specialty paints, markers and more) and they have the ‘Sugar’ from the makers of Ironlak, the paint is special. It combines water with alcohol made from sugar cane, replacing the usual petroleum-based solvents. The result is an extremely low-odor spray paint that contains fewer VOCs (volatile organic compounds). It is important that students are safe and get to work with high quality materials, while learning the fundamentals of design …

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Class Homework, W1

We will be trying out a new product ‘Sugar’ a cane sugar based paint. This week we will be working on letter forms and putting that onto the canvas. Below are some samples to jumpstart your imagination. We will also be working with the MTN water based, the Montana Gold acrylic, and the NEW Sugar based paint. Each alphabet is a good example of continuity within a style. Look at Line weight, color, shape and of course the flare!

Street Art class, making wrapping paper

The street art class is winding down. The five week long street art class has hit class number five and number five was so fun, it started out as a lesson on stencils and evolved into a wrapping paper making project. The session ended so well we are adding one more class (a sixth week). Great work everyone! Everyone really pushed and got their hand dirty. Detail, an orange snowflake under a gold start, hiding behind a green tree, that was run over by a candy cane. lots of stencilling action going on here. The Montana water based paints worked great, Thanks …

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Winter holiday (number 3) cards. My gift to you… free to print.

Winter Holidays These are some of the “Sketches of Winter Holidays”, enjoy and share. Free to download, Free to print, Free to mail, and Free to share. Not for re-sale. Click image for printable version ‘Love Holiday Style’ $0.00, ‘Love Holiday Style’. Just click on the image above and large version will open on a new page, right click on that large image and save it, or print it. Not for re-sale. Click image for printable version ‘Santa’s Little Helper’ $0.00, ‘Santa’s Little Helper’. Just click on the image above and large version will open on a new page, right …

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Winter holiday (more) cards. My gift to you… free to print.

Winter Holidays These are some of the “Sketches of Winter Holidays”, enjoy and share. Free to download, Free to print, Free to mail, and Free to share. Not for re-sale. Click image for printable version ‘Tending the Flock’ $0.00, ‘Tending the Flock’. Just click on the image above and large version will open on a new page, right click on that large image and save it, or print it. Not for re-sale. Click image for printable version ‘Lost Gloves’ $0.00, ‘Lost Gloves’. Just click on the image above and large version will open on a new page, right click on …

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Winter holiday are here. My gift to you… free to print.

Winter Holidays These are some of the “Sketches of Winter Holidays”, enjoy and share. Free to download, Free to print, Free to mail, and Free to share. Not for re-sale. Click image for printable version ‘Sneaky Snack’ $0.00, ‘Sneaky Snack’. Just click on the image above and large version will open on a new page, right click on that large image and save it, or print it. Not for re-sale. Click image for printable version ‘Late night Delivery’ $0.00, ‘Late night Delivery. Just click on the image above and large version will open on a new page, right click on …

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Class Homework W2, Nov 2016

  Watch some short video and have any questions ready to discuss, and Patterns The Letter “E”:  https://youtu.be/kpaVkxB0Tw4 Watching a piece from start to finish: https://youtu.be/3US_fm0sWHo Find examples of patterns, bring 3 or more, for use in next piece (They can be anything… save them to your device, print, magazine tear out or photos). Sketch book 11″ × 8½”, a black book with smooth pages. Like this available where ever you like to by supplies. Markers, I had some questions about markers. So you can find Touch and Copic Markers at at DickBlick in Roswell or you can shop Amazon/Google for …

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Figure drawing event, Sketchbook look.

Last night the Alpharetta Figure Drawing/Painting Group put on their bi-monthly drawing event. Kate pulled off some great poses. Food was … Oreos and Doritos. The group offers a casual night of figure art drawing and painting. Great comfortable location for you to draw the model we provide. The session begins with several short poses to warm up before progressing through longer and longer poses throughout the night. There are limited spots, join the facebook group, available so please reserve yours as early as possible. The group provides: Location, Lighting, Model, Props, and More What you bring: Yourself and your art supplies. Food, …

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Alex Felicano in Cardboard bear costume

Bear head turns into Bear suit.

The day has come, halloween is here, and all this work is worth it. Gio has his afro cardboard frankenstein, Oscar is rocking a full cardboard Pokemon Charizard, Damien is welding a pair of custom cardboard katanas, and Alex is suited up as a cardboard bear. This is a shot of the Bear at work, before the Costume contest, second place! Don’t Shoot, I did not take the Picnic baskets and I am not a zombie.

Figure drawing event, Sketchbook look.

Sketching from life at Studio in Alpharetta. We had such a great model, she made my job easy. Mona had great poses and locked it in for sets of 1, 3 5 10 and 15 minute. I started with a red “Supracolor II soft made by Caran d’Ache“, (more) pencil, very soft , but I was alway able to find an edge and get tight when I wanted.  At first, I went back and forth and, finally settled on red. The end results were more than I hoped for.

A cardboard Bear Head, of the left side built Alex Feliciano

Bear Head

Pushing hard towards halloween, flowing with Cardboard and Hot Glue, here is a picture of the Bear Head. You can check out earlier pics here. I’m happy with the head, I will be starting the suit next. Worried about the paint job, cardboard nude or custom paintjob? After halloween I will get back to the Clem Heads. Adding lots of detail, looking for the feeling of fur. I’ve never built a bear head before. but i have always wanted to build a large animal costume. Alex Feliciano, ” I might make it in time for halloween”.  We will see. I really …

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Doodling the next few ideas for the ‘Clem Head’

More ‘Clem Head’ doodles this weekend. I’m using lots of pink, coral and magenta it just keeps happening. I went to 1shot‘s web site (below) they have all the colors I need. I was worried… “How I’m gonna mix that color”.  I don’t know if i can go full plaid, maybe if I had this machine. I might try to replicate this ‘water transfer printing technique’ with one of the Clem heads, thin paint and a bucket. Stole this off 1shot.com‘s site. I think I can find the colors I need. 130L Primrose Yellow 132L Lemon Yellow 134L Chrome Yellow …

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Doodling for the ‘Clem Head’

More doodles, more ideas, more fun There are four more pages with this stamp of clem’s head, I will start rocking out the real thing after this weekend… Stay tuned and have a great weekend. Yellow on green with purple and red detail. I’m going to find my old 3D glasses when i get home and see what happens. I will be working on this over the weekend, If you have any suggestions please leave them in the comments below.

More heads and cardboard

Making costumes for Halloween! We have started early this year. All cardboard and maybe some paint this year. Yes it’s a giant animal head. This is where I’m at, as of last night. Tonight will be a coin flip sleep or ears. Starting with some basic shapes i’m worked the muzzle and eyes in, I built some shoulder pads (not pictured) and plan on mounting this to them.   Here is Gio modeling it, ears and paws are next… stay tuned.

Preparing to design more ‘Clem Heads’

Preparing for NEW Clem Dog Head paintings. Lots of ideas (Mexican wrestler, circulatory system, plaids, patterns, and or scale style masks). I though lots of sketches would be a good idea. So I cut a stamp out of this block. I need to get myself a press, Does anyone have a press they would like to trade for art work? Drawing now starting to cut a new linoleum block, this is going to be fun.   It took too long to find my knives. Everything came back to me once I had them in my hand. I think that will …

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‘Can’t wait till I have a full dog sled team!’

Murph stopped by yesterday He added the red one to his collection, then set me this picture. He now owns three dog heads, more info about them here. Seven heads were cast in the first run, Five have been painted, one is in LA, one is in my living room and Murph has the rest. Congratulations! From Murph’s instagram: mowsecafe Drooling over the latest addition to my art collection. Here we have sculptures of the wee doggie Clem (red version is the new one). Was lucky enough to spend some time with the artist and found we had some real parallels in …

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Painting number two, “Findings”, digging into the archives for new painting.

The act of discovery is something that set the senses a tingle. While I was digging through old sketchbooks for inspiration, and came across this ink drawing it’s 3.5″x5″.  I’m going to use it for painting number two, working title: Findings. I hope I can keep the spirit of the drawing in the new painting.  I used the attitude in a quick sketch for the painting, The canvas is oriented in portrait and slightly larger. I’m trimming some of the negative space, I hope this doesn’t kill the mood that makes the ink sketch special.Digging the toes on the left. This sketch has a lot …

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Painting, it begins..again

I have been spending a lot of time this year sketching, in ‘@FiftyThree‘ s Paper53 app on the ipad or at the live drawing events held by #Alpharetta Figure Drawing/Painting Group. I think it’s time to start painting now. Working with brushes is flowing like it should. I start to paint after the kids go to bed then I lookup… and the sun is peeking in. Feels great to lose that much time. Three 40″x30″ canvases, and I have a 40″x70″ that i need to sand and surface. These pieces are still in progress, the one in the center is close to being done. Working on some, …

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Maggie on Yellow is now in the FaceBook shop.

Little Paintings of Maggie available now in the shop, only on Facebook. They are 5x7ish acrylic, ink and pencil on paper $40. (These are signed originals.) Maggie on yellow 1 of 6, acrylic on paper 5×6 inches. Maggie on yellow 2 of 6, acrylic on paper 5×6 inches.   Maggie on yellow 3 of 6, acrylic on paper 5×6 inches. Maggie on yellow 4 of 6, acrylic on paper 5×6 inches.   Maggie on yellow 5 of 6, acrylic on paper 5×6 inches. Maggie waiting for dinner. She’s hungry but patiently waits for the house to settle down before she …

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Getting sun in the pool

By the pool

List of things done and todo: Farmers market, Read cooking magazine by pool, Plan health meal for family and friends, Finish project with kids, Work emails, Send tax extension form. This is one of  the “sketches of spring” I will be attempting to make one a day, enjoy and share.

An AC malfunction, or a reason to get naked

It was hot

I came home early it was hot. Flicked controls on the thermostat. Nothing worked, which way is on? Heat cause it’s hot, that doesn’t sound wrong. Open a window, fiddled with the lock, left or right, it would not pop. Sweat, just a drop. That was it for me. I did care who might see. Flung coat and sweater over my head, shed skirt and tights passed my feet, now lounge bare to enjoyed the heat. This is one of  the “sketches of spring” I will be attempting to make one a day, enjoy and share.

By the Pool in a new suit

New Suit

New Suit The first warm day, the air is clean. I was to long curled within, sun nibbles willing skin. I dip my toe, that’s as far as I will go. Nothing is getting wet. The suit I bought to match the lot, will wait till it is hot. I smile as the children play, enticing me to join the fray. From chattering teeth they shout ‘COME IN’, but it’s a bit too cold to swim.   This is one of  the “sketches of spring” I will be attempting to make one a day, enjoy and share.

woman sitting on a sandy landscape

Early

Fifteen minutes that’s all I get. Just time enough, time to sit. It’s just three take-five’s rolled in one. Early is on time for some.  Just me, my time to breath. I see a spot and feel the breeze. The sun warm on my skin, feet in sand the cool below. Alone but soon they’ll show, In my head I’ll greet them all, “Hello, and welcome y’all”. This is one of  the “sketches of spring” I will be attempting to make one a day, enjoy and share.

Figure drawing event, Sketchbook look.

More figure drawing. I skipped into the figure drawing event today, like a kid going to get ice cream. The model was super and the lighting was challenging (in a good way). The short 3 and 5 minute poses came first, then a cookie break and then back to drawing with some longer poses. This time I didn’t forget to note the times for each drawing. A three minute pose. Getting into the 3 Minute thing, But I miss my blue pencil. This one was super awesome, the model was doing a scary ‘ROAR’ pose but kept laughing. Looking at again …

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woman flinging her top like a rubber band

Fly go by

Fly go by Buzz buzz a nasty thing woke me from a sun filled dream. I saw a Fly go by, so I took my top off and sent it high. I pulled and pulled till the strings went twang then I launched at that tiny thing. It took a sec I used my eye aiming carefully down the line. The Fly saw me cocking back and almost had a heart attack. With a bit of a huff the fly began to fuss. “Me!” it said, “Oh no, why would you go semi-nude, just to swat this awesome dude”. This is one …

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Fields of Flowers

 Fields of flowers Fields of flowers first pink and blue, I bought a suit that will sneak me through. Then today purple and yellow. I have been waiting all week things are on schedule. I bought this suit weeks ago to match a landscape, I’m not allowed to go. The bunnies will be playing ball, I will creep softly among them all. They will not see me. ‘Shh’, is what I think as one comes near. I hold my breath with hope and fear. It’s little nose sniffs the air. I feel so happy then I see… they are all staring at me. All at once they charge my way. I jump but …

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Street art… Class!

Great working coming out of class this week. Jack pounded out character after character, so fast I didn’t get a picture of them all, “I’m just going to paint over this”.   Nicole nailed it with a 4 panel piece “Life”. The effort she’s putting into sketching is coming though in her can control and line work. Nicole rocking a “LIFE” piece. Finishing or starting? Done, SAT-16. Done, ‘LIFE’, Nicole.  

Figure drawing event, Sketchbook look.

Lots of figure drawing lately. It is good to draw like this again. I went to a class in Alpharetta, the ‘Alpharetta Figure Drawing/Painting Group’. They have a nice academic format, ten to twenty one minute warm ups, then some five and ten minute drawings. Oh and did I mention the cookies, lots of cookies. Then after a cookie break we do some longer poses. On this day, my first time at the event I forgot to note the times for each drawing… fear not I will fix that in the future. This was a short pose, I felt like warming up with hands. …

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Late Night Monster

This is an old piece I found hiding in a friends room, it was never finished. I thought about re-working the canvas but decided to digitally work it instead. This is my first attempt. I’m using Paper53 on the iPad with a digital stylus ‘Pencil’, all very strange and fun. #madewithpaper / fiftythree.com

Class notes and homework

Hola class… Homework Practice letter forms, pick words  containing two vowels (like: seam, hoaps, lazer, or denim, feel free to make up words). Examples This intersecting style below shows the construction of the letter, when using this alphabet erase overlapping/intersecting lines as needed to make the letter whole. This Alphabet adds a bit more style to the ‘straight letter’ style above. You can use this out for that to experiment with style. Remember the better you understand the construction of a letter the easier it will be to style it. For review, how to make a letter… and, drop shadows…  

Class notes and homework W1

Hola class… Homework Find examples of patterns, bring 3-5 in for use in next piece (They can be anything… digital, printed, downloaded or photos). Materials Sketch book 11″ × 8½”, a black book with smooth pages. Like this available where ever you like to by supplies. Markers, Pick a few 4-8 colors to start, as we move forward you can add more. You find them at DickBlick or you can shop/Google for ‘touch’ markers on line (something like this). FYI: Things shipped from china and can take WEEKS. Pencil and eraser Videos and more for reference… ‘Style Wars‘ by Henry  Chalfant. ‘Exit Thought The Gift Shop‘ …

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Portfolio advice

I was poking around looking for some website inspiration and came across ‘design portfolio packs punch‘. I just wanted to add a few things… Like in the ‘Select your projects’ and ‘Look to the future’ part it talks about picking Items to show in your portfolio. I would encourage you to focus on picking projects you enjoyed working on. Most likely will want to work on more of them in the future. If you offer up the one’s that match your prospective clients, or that seem to be the shiniest you might find yourself doing work, rather than enjoying your work. That could lead …

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Miguel!

I have an artist I would like to tell you about Miguel Ovalle, the website is Dizmology.com. We have been friends his since 1993 when I met him in miami. In 1994 he showed up to school in a homemade mask. It was made out of matte board, tape and glue and styled like a  power rangers helmet. I could not fathom at that time how he did it and found myself unable to think of anything else, I was making masks that weekend. He is still sculpting, painting and making amazing things. This is a solo project he is working on called ‘Encryption‘ and …

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