Some sketches done over the last couple nights at The Globe.
First time messing around with gouache. In college, everyone had to take a color theory class. And you were in one of two camps: 1) those who were forced to use acrylic paints and 2) those who were forced to use gouache paints. I was in the former. I heard nothing but heartache from the latter.
But it’s a super interesting medium. Opaque, yet still very malleable with some water (even after drying). What I’m looking to do is start incorporating color into some of the more traditional stuff that I do — but without having to give up graphite / charcoal line work. Hopefully this will let me integrate the two.
While waiting for Nate to arrive, I took a couple hours in the sun, sipping wine and sketching at The Globe. Didn’t have any good reference photos to use, so I just used this old one of me looking like a zombie. Was a couple hours well-spent.
So, what started as an exercise in getting back to doing some larger scale drawing turned into an exercise of learning to rework. I started drawing this thing simply out of a need to draw. Then I got immediately frustrated with where things were going. Then I Just kept pushing it. Getting it somewhere. Then making a mess all over it. Rinse and repeat.
It’s pretty amazing how malleable a drawing can be. I remember when I first started messing about with charcoal — the first time since college, that is — back in November of 2009 (see NaNoDrawMo drawing #7). It felt really rigid and tough. The marks all felt final.
But it doesn’t feel like that anymore. And even though I’ve been off the drawing kick for a few months, I feel like I’ve retained everything I learned along the way since November… and moreover, that it’s even a little bit easier now. Funny how stepping away for a while can do that.
You can see where this drawing was when I stopped last night:
I need to keep doing this (and yes, I realize I say that a lot in these posts) — I need to keep drawing.
Just messing around.
At FITC SF, I was asked to post links to some of the places around the web where I find inspiration. Here are ten places I visit on an almost-daily basis — most of them focused on delivering a compelling image.
- but does it float
- FIELD’s blog and projects
- Fashion Served
- today and tomorrow
- My Vimeo Subscriptions Feed
Probably nothing very surprising in that list, but it keeps things fresh for my eyes.
Firstly, thanks to Shawn Pucknell and the whole gang at FITC for giving me the opportunity to speak at the first FITC in San Francisco. Thanks also goes out to everyone who attended my presentation. I really appreciate the feedback I’ve been given, and it was a pleasure meeting everyone who came up to shake my hand.
I want you guys to watch this space for a few things that were requested by some attendees:
- A Quicktime / PDF of my presentation
- A list of feeds I find inspirational
You can contact me at if you have any questions or any comments about the presentation or my work — or you can just leave a comment on this post.
For all the components related to Flow, you can find them at http://capturingflow.com.
Thanks again, everyone.