I am not a big fan of drawing celebrities, actors, singers... because frankly, my results are usually always tacky. I did my share of drawing Mick Jaggers and Keith Richards in high school, but that was then, and I, the dork that I am, thought it was cool.
One day I ran into a picture of the disturbingly handsome Javier Bardem, and decided to indulge.
If you have not seen Woody Allen's brilliant Vicky Christina Barcelona, *sigh*, you must -- if anything else, hearing Javier Bardem speak in his original language (I am a sucker for anything en español) is worth it.
I found an old scan I had done of some doodles. I was sitting in my classroom at the time, proctoring the HSPA exams. There was a book of poems by Pablo Neruda lying around, and I wanted to remember a few verses that I read, so they also ended up on the page.
This Moleskine is gradually turning into a pencil drawing Moleskine. I didn't intend it to be that way at first, but this is where it seems to be heading. Tonight I was drawing a bit aimlessly from a picture by Leroy Skalstad.
I wish I didn't have to buy a DP to VGA adapter for my MacBook but I did. Four years ago, when I bought my (now defunct) iBook, it came with the cord which allowed me to hook it up to an LCD projector. Now, Apple is scaling back the amount of goodies that come with their MacBooks, including a (much needed in my case) Firewire port and the aforementioned DP to VGA cord. I am just a tad disappointed in Apple these days, despite my loyalty to the brand.
While I was at it (i.e. in the dreaded mall area), I went to Target and got a discounted dress. And a couple of sweaters. And a few more things -- because I don't believe I've ever left Target empty-handed.
I started doodling on this page about a week ago, and came back to it over the course of the week, with different pens. I am nearing the end of this sketchbook, and I don't believe my friend Keith has any more like this in store to give me :-). I have already found its replacement anyway, though I am dubious about a spiral bound sketchbook.
When I got to the art room today at lunch, I realized I had left my sketchbook in my classroom, despite my firm intention to doodle. But I had a Moleskine journal, one that I have dedicated to notes about teaching, in my bag. There was a pair of scissors on the table, and I thought they would look neat on the cover of my Moleskine journal.
N.C. Mallory is probably one of the most prolific artists around. His photostream on Flickr grows by a couple of paintings/sketches a day, if not more. He is great at self-portraits, among other things. Tonight, i wanted to give his portrait a shot. B pencil on Canson paper.
Danny Gregory's new book, An Illustrated Life, just came out! When Danny first asked me to be part of this project over a year and a half ago, I thought it was a joke. But sure enough, my drawings are in it! I cannot wait to hold it in my hands. My eyes will be glued to the pages for days, and I will be too intimidated to draw anything after seeing the amazing spreads of some of these artists.