Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Sasha Warms Up (9-16-15)

"Sasha," Ink & Marker on 8 1/2" x 11" Bristol
Ebay Item # 221888352259

Suddenly it's been getting chilly here in the evenings, so I guess it's time for Sasha to get out her traditional outfit again.  I know this piece may not look any different to anyone but me, but my methods are changing quite a bit.  The basic tools and techniques are the same, but I'm trying to improve my thinking about what I draw during the different stages of the work.  We'll see if anything comes of it!


  1. And last night I shoot you an e-mail asking if you're still alive and kicking sine there's been no new art. Need to shoot you more e-mails like that! ;-)

  2. Hmmm, seems to me Sasha is pretty hot already, if this drawing is any indication!

    I can see what you mean about your thinking concerning what you choose to draw. Looking at the other side of the coin, what are you choosing not to draw? Or what are you not putting in that you previously would have? Interesting stuff; anybody else have any ideas along these lines out there about how our friend's work is evolving?

    One thing I can say though, is that I think most of what I see that is coming from different drawing decisions is wrapped up in her pose. It's a great pose describing her evident pleasure, at least in my eyes, all communicated visually.

    Supporting this are the restrained (pun intended) use of the black outlines, used very thoughtfully here. A great example is only having outlines around the outside of the rope, with only the various gray values describing the details. This, for some reason, actually seems to make the rope work look tighter, which Sasha apparently does not mind. Allowing the values to carry more of the weight throughout the piece with less outlining allows the play of light more freedom to describe Sasha's form, creating a more painterly, and realistic/3-D look to the piece. The shadow along her right hip and torso is wonderful in that regard. All in all, it's all part and parcel here, tough to describe in bits where all your decisions are adding up to one quite nicely unified whole.