This was a really fun work of one of my 8th grade students at work. I've been learning how to get in some of my own drawing and painting while they are working. I've found that not only does it help me but it also adds to the energy of the class. They really enjoy seeing me at work and they study how I work. I wonder what that experience is like for them because most of my instructors of the past (except my mentor) hardly ever worked in class, not sure if this was because they didn't know how to do it or because they were not confident in they're work.
Student At Work
Ballpoint Pen & Acrylic on paper
This is a really quick digital paint-over of a pencil drawing I did last week. Took about 30 minutes. I will be releasing releasing digital painting instructional videos soon showing how I paint in Photoshop and how to work with photoshop in general.
The latest installment of the "Drawing On Public Transit Series" is released featuring my latest acapella song "Metrophyzix" at the end of the film. I'm getting so many great ideas right now. Everyone who has been visiting the blog make sure you click on the "follow this site" button in the left column because if you like what you see on this site, this is only the beginning. You will also want to subscribe to my youtube channel as I have a tornado of creative inspiration coming down the pike and I want you to be in on it.
This is a very raw film with the environmental sounds of the transit bus hitting bumps and making stops as the driver announces the streets. I wanted the sound of this film to really bring you into the ride as I drew a man that was sitting across from me. I don't show a photo of the passenger because I didn't get a chance to connect with him before he exited the bus. With the sound, the shakes of the camera and the shafts of light & shadow periodically washing across page I this was an adventurous and gritty change from my other, more steady films.
Enjoy and let me know your thoughts.
Here are some frames from one of my next drawing videos. I really like the colors and composition in this project so I couldn't wait to share some images. In this video I took a train ride and drew two men who game me permission to post they're photos along with the artwork. Feel free to leave questions or comments.
This is one of the exercises from my video course I am putting together. The download version will have instructional audio that explains how to achieve this level of confidence in your line drawing.
By the way, about a month ago I clicked something in the settings section of this blog and it disabled comments. Not sure what I did but after I tried to undo it by clicking "enable comments," the comments still seem to be disabled. If anyone knows what I could do to fix this I would appreciate it if you emailed me with your input. Thanks and sorry about that.
I haven't been posting drawings regularly lately and I will start back doing so. I've been working hard on video drawing courses that will be available soon on this site where you can get the same instruction that I've offered in my live courses and workshops. I'm really excited about getting this off the ground because I've received lots of emails and comments over the years from fans of my art who weren't able to attend my courses and workshops because they were out of state or in another country. Very soon this won't be a hinderance any longer. I also plan to mentor students who download the courses as well. Not only will you learn from the videos, you will also be able to contact me via skype or some other platform where I can personally help you develop your abilities.
This is one of the drawings I've been doing recently on the train. I've been breaking all of my rules lately by drawing with pencils (I'm notorious for telling my students to either donate their pencils to charity or throw them away) and even more drastic, I've been using a mechanical pencil (a super Mr. D no no as my 8th graders would say). I've been using pencils to break up the monotony. I really love the way this drawing developed... it's favorite of the 2013 so far. Thanks for viewing and reading this blog post and if you are interested in the upcoming video courses, send me an email and I will add you to the growing list of people who will be notified once videos are available for download. Thanks again for your interest.
By the way check out my 8th grade students work here at the Oakland School For The Arts - Visual Art Blog I've created for them: http://osavisualart.blogspot.com/
I've been working on lots of videos lately, this is a shot from one of them. Lots of cool things happening right now. I will have my first DRAWING TOOLBOX tutorial video available for download on this site very soon.
You can download this song free by clicking the download button below to the right (under the share button). enjoy:)
- He is also passionate about his work as an instructor and artist. He brings the highest level of artistic standard to the classroom, and seeks to introduce students to a wide breadth and depth of techniques and tools. Most importantly, he is a skillful artist himself, inspired and inspiring and this affection for art making is translated to his teaching.
- He knows his stuff and is effective in his demonstration of techniques.
- He genuinely cares for his students and despite his mastery of drawing, he still his able to pass along his knowledge and instill self-confidence in his students. I would not know how to improve it (his class).
- Engaging teacher.
- Was very open with his techniques and tips.
Inspired by illustrator Barron Storey I am now adding drawn text into my work. This is in my new leather bound sketchbook that I made a couple months ago (there is a post below where you can see photos of the sketchbook I created).
In this video I was at a figure drawing workshop when quite often I get bored with drawing the model and start drawing other attendees. This drawing was created using Adobe Photoshop and a Wacom digital pen tablet. I've been using the Wacom a lot lately to switch things up a bit. It's very fun however I would strongly recommend to those who are still trying to gain confidence in their drawing to work in traditional mediums predominately. While working in digital media is fun and appears to be easier since you can simply undo unwanted strokes, I've found that traditional practices like using pen and paper and drawing from life are the best for enhancing drawing ability.
So!! I am happy to say that I sang the acapella soundtrack in this video. I've been doing this for years though I hadn't made them public till now. I will be releasing an album of my songs in the near future.
This is a quick sketch I did of the director of the school I teach at. I have been working in Photoshop CS6 and a Wacom tablet a lot lately as I have been getting bored with drawing with pen. Funny that happened (getting bored with traditional media) right after I made my beautiful leather sketchbook. I love drawing with the Wacom, I remember when I bought my first one and it sat in my closet for months because it was so awkward to work with but now its a breeze. Digital painting is a great exercise however it may be best to sharpen you drawing ability on paper before hand, the computer is only a tool and won't, I repeat won't create any of the picture for you. The Wacom won't make your drawings or paintings look good regardless how much you hit undo. Actually I hardly ever use undo, I like to draw and paint in Photoshop just as if it were on paper, using no eraser. I also have a digital drawing video I will upload soon, the topic will be " Excellence vs. Mediocrity."
I had a great afternoon/evening drawing with Ruth Smith and Bola Thompson. We drew flower in a jar while Bola painted her grand daughter.
Inspired by Barron Storey, I've been drawing type lately. I like the way the letters came out in this drawings. I'm gonna practice and practice until I create a unique style of drawing type.
Here are "some" of the supplies I used to create this book. Not showing is the wax, protective leather polish, ruler and paper roll... wait, I guess you can slightly see the paper roll in the back.
Studying the human figure
Very fun stuff! Looking at Leonardo di Vinci for information and inspiration with drawing anatomy. I will be posting more of these studies in the future.
Damn it was fun drawing this bike tonight on the train!!!
I drew this listening to '84 Pontiac Dream
by: Boards of Canada
I had the volume up VERY VERY LOUD!!
The music hypnotized me and I was carried through the drawing. These experiences are some of my best anti drug moments - when creativity produces the euphoria that many seek from drugs and alcohol.
Recommended Music Download:
84 pontiac dream by Boards of Canada
Been deeply invested in teaching 8th graders at Oakland School For The Arts so I haven't posted in about 3 weeks - whooooosh!! But I think I'm back on track now, just have to plan in drawing and posting time into my busy schedule. This is a drawing I did while out with the highschool students at Frank Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland.
Reportage drawing done with ballpoint pen.
Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland