Thank you for the input on how to keep these pencils going for a little while longer! Pen + colored pencils.
I almost miss the school year, the busyness it entails and the doodles it produces. Here's something i would have done during the school year, except it was at/around home today. Pen + watercolor.
I had a frustrating time sketching anything at the Bruce concert yesterday. I went early, with grand ideas of multiple page spreads, documenting the tailgating activities on the parking lot of Giants Stadium... only to face my own incapacity to draw anything in the sticky heat. I closed my sketchbook after a few unfortunate attempts.
So, when all else fails, draw your pencils. I've had a handful of retired pencils lying around. Pencils that are too short to draw with -- at least for me. What do you do with your little pencil ends? Do you throw them away and move on? I have a hard time getting rid of them, as i still have a tendency to think they did my drawings more than i did. But they're too small to be of any use in a mug or a pencil case. Maybe i should have a pencil box specially labeled for them. A little hall of fame of sorts.
I had apparently never posted this old drawing of Bruce Springsteen i did one evening in September 1999, while waiting for parents to show up for parent-teacher conferences in my classroom. It was two days after i had seen him for the first time in concert, at the First Union Center in Philadelphia. I was still all brucified, listening to my Born To Run CD, doodling away with whatever i had at hand -- a #2 pencil and Xerox paper.
I am seeing him again tonight at the Meadowlands with the E Street Band (sadly minus Danny Federici).
Original Born To Run photo by Eric Meola.
When i saw Stephen Gardner's drawing of a cork screw the other day, i immediately thought of the many times i had meant to draw mine but had dismissed the idea as too difficult. So tonight, before heading out to my friends' house for dinner, i started drawing my cork screw on the back of an envelope, and it was, indeed, difficult. No pleasure there -- my left brain just took over. And i didn't sharpen my #2 pencil enough.
I drew Tom's Canon EOS Rebel a while back, and since it has a tendency to lie around the house, i ran into it the other night and drew it again in my little Moleskine. Andrea Joseph had suggested, after she did an incredible version of her camera, that we draw a front view. Here it is, months later!
Pigma Micron 05 -- what a great pen.
It took me far too long to muster the courage to make my mark next to Andrea's extremely fine sepia strokes. One night, sitting at the dining room table, i emptied the side pocket of my purse -- tickets, cards, tags, receipts i had kept, some for years. Then there was my computer cord, my pencil sharpener, my Pigma Micron pen, the chain for the tag of my new Harveys purse. I unabashedly emulated Andrea's style, and it was like pushing a new door open. I had so much fun doing this.
I am not much of a pack rat, but my pocketbook contains a retentive pile of nostalgia -- kind of like me.
Little Moly is now in the possession of Gabi in the Seattle area. Large view is available on Flickr.
I found amazing portraits by Rui Palha on Flickr and have been wanting to practice drawing portraits based on his photographs. I keep struggling with the idea of drawing from other people's photographs, as the pictures are dictated by somebody else's eyes/lens/vision -- which often makes me feel like a complete fraud when i draw them. But it's good practice, and that's all it is.
I should finish it tonight.
2B "fat" graphite lead on Canson sketch paper.