Monday, January 29, 2007

ranch fridge

This is the fridge at my cousin's ranch.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

first tree of the new semester

Drawing trees is like figure drawing, you have to remember that the tree is alive and that this is indeed a dynamic pose where limbs are thrust out and trunks twisting with the stress. Some limbs must be tired, some flexed. In the life of a tree there is a lot of motion. They are fountains after all.

Unfortunately, I've never taken a figure drawing class. The trunk seems wrong on this one. I think I need to do gestural drawings of the tree first.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Jonathan Hardesty: A Young Master

(drawings by Jonathan Hardesty in 2002)
Though I had forgotten, the story of Jonathan Hardesty was definitely one of the main things that has kept me (and undoubtedly many people online) drawing over the past few years.

In 2002 Jonathan Hardy started this thread at saying "I am starting from rock bottom and I am going to paint at least one painting and do at least one sketch every day...probably two on the weekends. The order you see them in is the order that I am painting and/or sketching them...every day starting on 9/15/02. I am bearing my soul to everyone. I will post everything I do...whether it is awful or not. Most of the paintings and sketches, in the beginning, are going to look like crap but hopefully over the days/weeks/months/years they will start to get better."

And indeed he did:

(drawings by Jonathan Hardesty in 2004)
These just after a few years. (and yes the one on the left is a drawing)
You can see how, through persistence and diligent courage, he got there in his thread
(which he still updates:)
Journey of an Absolute Rookie: Paintings and Sketches

He now teaches in Richardson, Tx

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Old man sleeping at Starbucks

This guy's head was about 20 degrees higher when I was ordering my express0 brownie, so I knew I didn't have much time.

I stopped when he woke up.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Trip to D.C. part one

Library of Congress

I wanted to follow this old man around the library of congress to draw him, and for a little while, I did.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Les Mis

I did these for a Project in a Theater Design class.

Thursday, January 04, 2007


A paint sketch in OpenCanvas, which is a great, nearly free painting program that combines the best of painter and photoshop.
...Kristin watching Sabrina (in the same chair) a few days after the wedding...
...painted in my new favorite OpenCanvas...
...Dandan, my grandfather, waiting for lunch on the wedding day...

Monday, January 01, 2007

Susanna and Michael on the way home from church....
...bowl of grapefuit and palm trees while getting gas...

... Dad about to pray...

...window of David's Bridal waiting for my sisters to pick up bride's maid dresses...