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Current Project

4/19/2014:

I have just completed the pencil drawing "Matthew" and will now begin the search for my next new piece.
I am leaning toward doing a pen and ink garden scene that I have been thinking about for the last two years.
I will try to publish more frequent progress postings as I go along.

Media Studies
"Study 1"
Black Claybord
Erasers, Needles, Solvent,
and Steel Wool


The pencil-style typewrite eraser is one of the best tools to use on black claybord. It can be used over a wide area to bring forward varying shades of grey in a controlled way. To use a needle, just remove the lead from a 0.5mm mechanical pencil (which you can buy at Walmart's) and insert the butt of the needle into the tip of the pencil and push it into the pencil until it stops. Then just use it as you would a technical pen and use your pen & ink techniques.
"Study 2"
Black Claybord
Erasers, Needles,
and Steel Wool


I've purchased some black claybord that had an excessive amount of ink on it which made it difficult to scratch without sufficient force. I've found it best to purchase white claybord and spray it with india ink to a more workable thickness.
"Study 3"
Black Claybord
Erasers, Needles,
and Steel Wool


 
"Study 4"
Black Claybord
Erasers, Needles,
and Steel Wool


 
"Study 5"
Staedtler Fineliner Markers and Prismacolor 005 nib Markers


I love the colors of the Staedtler pens but the nib is 0.3mm. I wish they made a pen that was half that size. I can compensate by also using the Prismacolor pens that are nearly 0.15 where needed but there are only eight colors.
"Study 6"
Staedtler Fineliner Markers and Prismacolor 005 nib Markers


 
"Study 7"
Acrylic Ink
Technical Pen with 00 nib
Bristol Board, Vellum Finish


After purchasing Koh-I-Noor's line of Acrylic Ink for use in their Rapidograph pen, I wanted to see what range of saturation I could achieve with cross-hatching. I'm very pleased with the results although the pens clogged more than I cared for. No matter; I just clean the pens more frequently.
"Study 7"
Acrylic Ink
Technical Pen with 00 nib
Bristol Board, Vellum Finish


"Study 8"
Pencil & Crayola Markers
Drafting Vellum


Crayola markers are inexpensive and convenient but their colors are fugitive over time.
"Study 9"
Pencil


 
"Studies 10"
Pencil


 
"Studies 11"
Pastel
sand paper & pastel paper


 
"Study 12"
Pen & India Ink
slick surface paper


 
"Dreaming Mask 4"
Acrylic Ink on White Claybord
Airbrush, Sable Brush, and
Technical Pen


12-31-2007:
I put this aside in order to draw
" Water Lillies" The airbrush was being difficult and I ended up over-spraying the background clouds and blue sky. The substrate is claybord, so I can grit blast these two areas and shift their values back. The black shadow on the bottom of the thunderhead will blend into an image of the cosmos with a spiral galaxy on the right, planets and comets at left, and a nebula between. The spheres emanating from the figure trail in a spiral downward that terminates where each sphere has ignited into a blazing star.

2-28-2010: My interest in this piece has waned completely. Years from now I may revisit it, but not in its current form. It will be redone entirely, if at all.
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