I have kept this cover of the New York Times Magazine for two and a half years in my school bag, and stumbled upon it tonight, folded in an envelope. It's a black and white photo of Ahmad Chalabi. I had held on to it thinking I would get around to drawing it one day.
I opened the old Moleskine (the one I started in November '07!) and drew/distorted him with a Pigma Micron 08.
My friends Megan, Todd and I decided to start our respective new Moleskines with a blind contour drawing of one another. This is my version of Todd, who was sitting in front of me. I was laughing so hard as I was drawing, I had tears in my eyes.
I am sure Danny Gregory would say it much better, but drawing in blind contour -- looking only at the subject, not at the paper, and not lifting the pen off the paper -- is a great way to let go of control, and let the right side of the brain flex its muscle a bit. My results are pathetically crass, but isn't it the point :-)
I have had a bit of a fascination with Rick Danko over the past few years, so when I was doodling Tom's coffee cup yesterday, I had this tune -- which, I gather can only be a metaphor for other illegal substances -- spinning in my head.
I have drawn dogs in the past, but not too often have I tackled them directly in pen, as I do with cars or people's faces. I wanted to know what this one would look like with my Pigma Micron. Canson sketchbook.