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.
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 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