Sunday, October 24, 2010



           Last week I made a trip to the Saint Louis Zoo with the rest of the Communication Design class to get inspired for our next project. Ultimately, I have chosen to map out owls and their behaviors.  The project has inspired me to do a 15 to 20 minute penciled sketch of an owl. This is my first attempt, as I have never had any inclination to illustrate any type of bird. Usually with objects with a lot of detail, such as feathers, I tend to avoid them out of fear of failing. To get over one of my fears, and to alleviate the long list of phobias, I dove head first into it. As a first pass, I’m not displeased, but know I have a lot of work ahead of me.  However, with the amount of detail owls have, I am a bit weary of the next few weeks.

            With that being said, I think to what my professors have drilled into our heads. At the beginning of every critique they ask us what the key principles are in order to communicate a message. One of the biggest things is clarity. Because an image is beautifully crafted, does that solidify its message? Maybe, but detail can become irrelevant if it misses the main point of the message. A clear and concise message is one of the things I will think about as I crack open this project.

Better owls to follow.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Sick Day…

           Both Jennifer and I are sick and miserable, but that doesn’t mean I can’t take this moment to post. Really this maybe my only time to post till Sunday, so here it is.

So, it's a cow right? 
           I stole the idea from Kevin Nowlan. He does a really amazing job with the foreshortening, so I took a stab at it. My 15-minute Micron sketch I did over lunch last week is sloppy, and I think very ill of it. I like the left eye somewhat, but overall I know I can do better. Some bad sketches like this make me feel as if I cannot draw at all.
For some reason when I have a limited amount time to produce a drawing, whether it is a live object or from an image, I freeze up and produce flat, sloppy crap. With all the time in the world, it would look the way I want it to, but I don’t have that time.  Who does?

Why do you continue to sketch things you feel are bad? And why are you posting them?
          Well, I enjoy the process of doing it. But, if I stopped working on it because I didn’t understand it, then I would never get better. In the same vein, this blog is not about what amazing things I created; it is to document what is and is not working, so I can learn. I have come to an understanding that I learn more from critiquing my own work than being in denial that it is a masterpiece. Plus, I am a stubborn man. 

Saturday, October 16, 2010


“You need a haircut… You need to shave…” – Jen (the Mrs.)

            This is how I feel on the inside during the most stressful periods of school, but I personally don't think of myself as this. I drew this originally in pencil, and thought I’d try a micron brush to ink it. However, I think I prefer the pencils to the ink, There is something about the way graphite smudges that makes it more appealing.

             Anyway, one of my overall goals is to quit obsessing about making a sketch look perfect, so I did these rather quickly. With that being said, I like some elements of it, but everything is off as you can see from the reflection (rather the optically correct side as I drew it from a mirror).  That is unless my head really that lopsided?

Why a blog?

            In the age of instant gratification it is no wonder why I am so impatient. It has become painfully obvious that art talent isn’t delivered through a push of a button, and it requires time, dedication, and a large bank account. Quoting the cliché Every artist has 10,000 bad drawings to get out of their system”, I am employing this general principle to seek a way of keeping track of my process. Will doing 10,000, 100,000, or even 1 Million drawings magically make my craft and ability better? Maybe, but It could potentially reinforce bad habits. This is where the blog will come in handy. It will give me the opportunity to create more, and organize it in a way to look at my progress. It also allows for the critique from others in the hopes of bettering my work. It doesn’t hurt that I like to talk about myself at great lengths.

            As a starting point to this blog, I am posting a 19X25” ink drawing that I really enjoyed working on from drawing two. This piece was a big achievement for me, not because it is perfect (because its not), but that it was different and difficult. Prior to starting at Washington University for Communication Design, I thought I would be a programmer, which led to Interactive Web design where I learned a lot about digital means of creation (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc). With that being said, I have developed an artistic commit-a-phobia, that causes me trouble when I make a mistake in wet media and attempt to hit cmd+z or Undo as there isn’t such an option. Besides the mistakes I find obvious, I am happy with this piece, which is why it is on my wall in my office.