Some Unexpected Guests
Amidst all this mental flotsam and jetsam every now and then you get a gem. A real treasure. In this case I got two. I don’t typically spend a lot of time on faces. I’m more interested in gesture and the figure itself as a general rule. Sometimes though you just find yourself doing something for no apparent reason other than it seemed like the thing to do at the time. In one case I had no intention of doing that drawing when I started working. I just turned around looked at the paper sideways and started drawing. I’d say it’s a step away from my normal fare. I didn’t have any models or photo references so I’m looking to do it again. I’d toyed with this idea a while back and even went as far as taking a few shots with a model (who bears no resemblance to this woman), but it was never right. I hadn’t really thought about it lately until Saturday afternoon while I was working on some cleaning in the studio and picking at some other sketches when I just started drawing. When I stopped I had her…
I’m calling her The Smooth Talker. She’ll join the rest of the miscreants around the table having cocktails w/ the Crimson King and The Numbers Man. I’m still not 100% sure what or who they all are so when they show up I try to be accommodating.
I’m really enjoying the illustrative style that’s coming through with these charcoals.
Did I mention I love charcoals?
The next is a piece I was wanting to do, but wasn’t considering getting started on it until later this month. I was rather taken by a still frame from a video made of my friend, Brent Houzenga while he was working on a piece outside of the Hive Gallery in Los Angeles recently. You can check the video here. See if you can pinpoint the time of the still I was working from. Also if you would, please, take a second and zoom in on the photo. The reduction of the image in this post takes a lot away from the eyes.
In both cases I was a little taken aback by my sudden urges to work on these piece and even more so by the outcomes. Even though I feel a little divergent at times I think there’s a place where these styles of mine will come together… Make something new. I think this is a good place to be right now.