These warm-up drawings are becoming there own entities. Maybe ideas for big paintings.
Here is a group portrait I made in honor of our gifted babysitter, Falisha who has watched over our many families for years and made a bigger family.
I did this painting many years ago. And it's dumb, but I think of it when I need to say YES.
Today's Warm-up is a portrait of my generous, brilliant poetess fellow Maplewoodian mom friend, Cate Marvin.
More warm up drawings here. As I go into the narrative trenches, there's always this itch I have to scratch. The pen to the paper, no pencils first, no edits, the finish is the finish. These drawings seem to scratch that itch. I will be putting them all up for sale on Monday. Stay tuned. All in the $60 to $75 range.
I continue to immerse myself in laying out my book. The process seems daunting and sometimes I feel like I can't find a way in. Then I found an old nib that I love, and started to do warm up drawings every day, as the days heat up. Here are a bunch. I'm going to sell them.
A work in progress....
Last night at the Society of Illustrators I saw two of my heroes, Carol Tyler and Tom Hart talk about their books, Soldier's Heart and Rosalie Lightning, respectively. They gave such intimate presentations of their practice, showing the ways they worked during moments of profound grief. Both are such generous spirits. Both are bearing witness to and making art that transcends pain. Thank you.
Just dug up this sketch.
Here's a piece from my sketchbook about seeing my friends before getting neck surgery. I took it down because I felt like I was focusing on the superficial aspects of my privileged social circle. But then I guess the point is that we're so lucky.