This is a small 3″ x 4″ 20 page sketchbook that has been kicking around. I put it in my pocket and tried to finish it in a week. I did it! Saturday to Saturday and during the week I lost/misplaced two of the three pens. I started with a fountain pen, orange marker and a grey felt brush pen. You will see that the drawings lose variation as you go.
Sheets of blank paper taller than your thumb and to big for my backpack all screaming at me to get to work. For some reason the tooth and feel of this book is more attractive to me than the super thick and slick Bristol board book, or the 140lb cold press watercolor paper book. I’ve figured it out… it’s the same paper (but way bigger) as my first sketchbooks back when I was at DASH (design and architect senior high) in Miami. Mr. Milanez would hand them out like candy. I would burn through them in a few weeks, chewing them up. Nothing great but I couldn’t get over the fact that they just handed you another one.
What’s in the bag?
A bag full of markers and this book that reeks of high school made it easier to let go and have fun. I brought this bag with me thinking that I was going to do rock some ill outlines, pieces and fill-in, but I couldn’t get that started. Here are some bikes, dogs and other things that did come out.
Why using crappie materials could be a good thing.
Drawing on kinda crappie and large paper changes something. I think it’s the need to ‘finish’ that usually comes with larger formats. That feeling is gone. Another weird thing, the markers which are great for filling in large areas felt limited on this large format. I would fill the whole page with color in my 8×10 black book (ask me to show you). So line work became super important. I tried incorporating washes but the cheap paper didn’t like that. So line work is king!
I’m still learning that I have lots of hang-up. Getting free and removing myself from the work is going to take a minute, it was easier with this book. The more I work, the more I understand (maybe). I need to practice F$#king up stretched canvases. Media surface shouldn’t hinder the work, but stretched canvas vs found cardboard influences my work in profound ways. Similar to working on post-it notes.
This is a doodle from my IPhone’s digital sketch book called, ‘Tiny Pink Sketchbook’, made with Paper 53. I doodle anytime I get a minute, most sketches are connected to the part of my brain that I can’t always talk too, until it draws me a picture. Lots of artist have verbalized this in different ways… enjoy.
The witch makes me wonder what makes them frightening? She has no claws, teeth, fur, muscles, or slim which makes her the most interesting monster. Drawn as ugly green women to make us shrink in our theater chair but looking closer she is now my favorite classic monsters depicted reading books. Smart girls make folks run in fear?
Tonight the house is quiet, dishes clean, and the kids asleep. In that stillness I blow the dust from a large 11″x14″ sketchbook.
goofing around with Windsor Newton watercolor pens. I have been sitting on these things for a while. The foam brush is nice.Really liking the marker ‘brush’ on this watercolor maker. When you are super fresh, show and prove.
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 on a large black cushion, Painting with shapes using the roller tool in Paper 53 in pink and mauve tones. Destiny, ten minute pose.
This painting of Destiny resting on one hand, using orange tones, last ten minute pose.
Painting with purple tones, while Destiny sits in a large chair.
Painting with red pillow, a twenty minute pose while Destiny naps.
Last Pose of the night, a purple toned painting of destiny while she rests with her feet up.
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 iPad, new media is always funny at first.
Scott is throwing down great one min poses.
Legs, one minute drawing.
Nope, jump to a new page.
Better, this is the last one minute figure drawing.
Ok five minute figure drawing are flowing better. I and able to break out shapes and show some structure.
More of Scott as captured by Alex Feliciano and his magic tablet.
Getting a bit easier now. More colors added to the pallet.
Nice hands in this one.
Hard pose, I was really trying to capture tention might go back and rework this at a later time.
More great hands, thanks Scott
working on the iPad is tuff but the ease of switching colors makes up for it, I’m using Paper53 on an iPad Pro and Apple pencil,
Now we venture into the 10 minute poses. Hello Detail, can this thing do it?
Yes it can, Another 10 minute figure draw by Alex Feliciano with Paper 53.
10 minutes adding yellow to the pallet.
Fingers, nope, next page please.
Fingers, Better, figure drawing of Scott with pole extension.
P.S. Scott has a light beard and because I don’t get many dudes modeling for me and none with beards I’m like WTF.
20 Minutes, I’m switching to a pencil tool on the iPad.
And the last figure drawing of the night, 20 minutes, Thank you Scott.
Working and getting excited about this new, in-progress, body of work (5×7 collage drawings, done with paper, paint and ink.) will be shown at the Hive Gallery in May for “The Lines Attack” show.
I have been attempting to illustrate a narrative that until now only lived in my sketchbooks, it’s a fractured series of vignettes that record my musings as I commute around the planet. Some of which, “A study on animal development in responds to auto injuries (in fast forward)”, and A rumination on advances in facial hair despite contrary marketing.
16, 5×7 inch paper drawings, Alex Feliciano 2014, for “The Lines Attack” show in May .
Natural responds to trauma, as seen in fast forward (less bones).
Some of my paintings feature a dog. I like to use “Cow“, he was a big Black, white and tan dog. You can see him in the painting (BlueRoom, left, 2009). He is in the background and he is in the painting on the wall, laying down between the red chairs.
I did a piece dedicated to the dreams he might have had, he was a very active sleeper. I thought about it and tried to imagine what smells would look like. Below is a detail (Cow’s Dreamscape, 3of3, 2008) of Cow.
The triptych has changed over time and givin me chances to re-imagine what it is like to see with your nose. Below is the triptych as it is now..
The first panel was purchased by a collector in 2008 from the “Hive” gallery in LA. I loved the idea of the piece i created a new first panel. Below is the set as it was originally.
This drawing is part of a larger group show “Line Attack 2” at the Hive Gallery, for more info about the show visit the Hive Gallery’s website and for more pieces like this, visit my archives page.
From the Hive’s website…..
The Hive Gallery is proud to present:
May 2013 Line Attack 2!!!
Opening: May 4th 8-11:30PM $5 Suggested Donation for opening show Show Runs: May 4- June 1
*A portion of the proceeds for our opening show will go to non-profit Fighting for Fitness, helping train “at risk youth” and obese children in fitness and martial arts
Featured Artist 1: Adam Roth- “Adam Roth and the Archive of Discoveries proudly present The Age of Astramid, the first of our ongoing exhibitions from the Argyle Excavation.” Featured Artist 2: ShaqJizz Tall Wall Artist: Lisette Pastor Aranda Installation Artist: Paul Arden
Line Attack Artists:
Michelle Andrade David Bow Kristina Collantes Rusty Jordan Carlos A. Etcheverry Andy Michelsen Dustin Garcia Hamo Bahnam JT Steiny Keenan Kellar Alex Chiu Juliette Bensimon Marchina Josh Crampton Champoy
Alex Feliciano A’Misa Chiu Annie Terrazzo Ashford Harrison Brandon Sopinsky Brendan Waegner Carol Powell Daisuke Okamoto David Bow Emily Wong Ivan Godinez Ivan Vega Jango Jim Jeff Stratford Jeska Lee Keith Wong Kelsey Short Laura Cosner Mariya Suzuki Mary Delousina Megan Elizabeth Ford Monica Martinez Nathan Cartwright Nicanor Evan Nikki Garcia Poling Pascal Cormier Preston Craig Rick Strieck Rob Sussman Roxy Morataya Scarecrowoven Simon Sotelo Shannon Pollak Walt Gorecki Yumiko Awae Zea Zoso
Front Room DJ’s: DJ PR Koolskull Mafv Gamma
Back Room Dj’s: TBA
LIVE DOODLE DRAWING BY: Line Attack Artists
The Hive Gallery Resident Artists:
Alyssa Beasley /Annie Terrazzo / Arlou Somo / Artrates.com / Ave Rose / David Reyes / Diana Levin / Doug Meyer/ / Dulcinea Circelli / Ellen Schinderman / Glenn Fox / Graphation / Greg Gould / Gretchen Ingram / Hollis Hart / Ink Pen Mutations / Jennifer Korsen / Jinx / John Dang / J.Salvador / Keith Wong / Lisa Levy / Luciano Martinez / Marcel DeJure / Marigrace Alebelda / Mark Posey / Meirav Haber / Michelle Hall / Mike Street / Nathan Cartwright / Patrick Haemmerlein / Randy Kono / Rob Sussman / Sara Hedstrom /Sarah Ockuly / Sarah Winkle / Shrine / Sonik / Stephan Canthal / Stephen Holman / Superpao / Teod Tomlinson / Walt Hall
BATHROOM INSTALLATIONS BY: Alex Chiu http://alexdoodles.com/ Champoy www.champoyhate.tumblr.com Daniella Batsheva http://daniellabatsheva.com/ John Haley III