The great thing about Sktchy is how it has encouraged me to draw more often. Even if it's a quick little sketch or unfinished little painting, it is still enough to share. It feels good to maintain some momentum even if I don't have time for a fully finished piece.
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Here are some more portraits I did for Sktchy. The first one is acrylic, the pink ones are in colored pencil on the left, paint pens on the right, the last one was done with pastels. It's been fun experimenting with different mediums. Its less daunting when you're doing quick little drawings and paintings.
Saturday, February 28, 2015
I feel like I'm always making excuses for not posting more often. But frankly, life is hard and it is an everyday struggle to find balance and happiness. Then, when you think you might be on to something, life comes along and knocks you over.
In the midst of the draining last few months, I still managed to create a few Sktchy drawings. Here are some of them.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Friday, October 10, 2014
Here's another house "portrait". This one is in the pico-union neighborhood of Los Angeles. I work downtown at LA Live pretty often and just over the 110 freeway are all these wonderful old homes. Many have been pretty run-down but occasionally you'll find a jewel like this one.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
While I've been very happy to get back into drawing and painting, I've been struggling with how to make art that is relevant today. I've always loved drawing and painting portraits but I am admittedly a little shy when it comes to approaching people to use them as subjects. I also feel strange about using other people's photos for references. This is why I was drawing the daguerreotypes from the library of congress, but I didn't really have any connection with the people in the pictures. I started thinking about portraits in today's terms. Selfies. I did a quick google search on drawing selfies and found the app Sktchy. It is a social media app where people post selfies of themselves and other people draw or paint them. I've drawn just a few so far but I'm hooked! The response from the other members has been so positive and its a great way to find inspiration. Here are a couple I've done, unfortunately I haven't figured out a way to download the inspiration photos yet.
Friday, September 19, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
This painting was based on a photograph of a house that once stood somewhere downtown on Broadway during the late 1800s. I found the photo in the Los Angeles Public Library Photo database. Between that fence, the side paneling and this heat wave, it took me a while to finally finish!
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Well, August has now come and gone. I've been enjoying some much needed time off and now I'm focusing on my art and some self reflection.
Here is the completed painting of my grandpa and mom in front of the market my grandparents owned here in Los Angeles back in the 1950s. I gave it to my mom for her birthday last month and made prints for my grandmother and sister who also celebrated birthdays last month. It was several years in the making but I finally finished it!
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Yes, I know, I haven't been posting everyday but it is for a good reason. I've been working on finishing a painting that I started years ago. I drew this guy today though, another Daguerreotype from the Library of Congress. I obviously didn't have patience for that mop of his but I can definitely tell that it is coming easier to me now that I've been drawing or painting almost everyday for over a month. Feels good.