My piece for this week’s Illustration Friday Challenge is rather timely as there are reports of a newly discovered rock climbing catfish. So once again I pulled out my old and dry brushpen. I need to get some more of those. Not that I dislike dipping my sable brush into a jar of india ink–actually it can be a cathartic experience. Yet having the freedom to do some inking while the kids run around me without the fear of a big mess, now that is just priceless!!
I pulled out my old and dry brush pen to create this pseudo Skrull looking dude. No real purpose here. Just playing with an old brush.
Only in New York. Or perhaps–once again in New York, a potentially catastrophic event occurs as a US Airways Jet makes an emergency landing in the Hudson River. Immediately, though not spoken aloud, most thoughts turn to terrorists. In an intrepid display of spirit the fear of many was kept contained. No terrorist cell here, just a flock of seagulls. That inspired this inspired a quick Terror Bird drawing on my part.
Thankfully just another opportunity to illustrate silliness as conspiracy theories abounded on Twitter, Facebook and the like.
This year I resolve to draw more! I’ve spent lots of time focused on color and painting, but I need to get my chops back. I’m looking forward to working with live models, pencil and paper. There is much to be said for the craft of drawing what you see. Most of my work these days has been ‘constructionist’ type drawing. That’s great and all and it does have its place. However, seeing the shapes and forms amidst the lights and darks puts one out on an artistic tightrope. The end result is always vibrant and full of life. It is the process that I miss so much and need to get back to.