|Oh Girl 2|
I finished the latest entry into my series of O magazine inspired drawings. When I was looking through the September 2010 issue I found this picture and you may find this surprising but I selected it for inspiration before I realized who it was. I sketched out my basic draft on my illustration board, then I read the ad and much to my surprise it turned out to be Beyoncé. As usual after I started to really draw I have not looked at the image since 10/30/2010 when I started the drawing.
Now that I have taken snap shot of my completed drawing you can see how much fun I have making stuff up. I always have fun drawing and making colors flow into shapes that are curvy and organic.
I titled this drawing Snake Farm Bones Girl because I was watching a lot of Bones episodes on NetFlix and I realized that I was drawing the main character, Bones. The Snake Farm reference comes from a Ray Wiley Hubbard some of the same name. Check out the skull streaming across the bottom left corner of the drawing. I also threw in a ball and claw on the bottom right of the drawing. Sometimes I cannot resist drawing wacky stuff in my drawings. I love the ability that I have to mix color into fluid shapes that are fun to look at.
|Oh My Snake Farm Bones Girl|
You will notice a little hint of diamond back cobra in this portrait. You will be happy to know that there is a Snake Farm just off I-35 south of Austin Texas in New Braunfels.
There are always a lot of zones in my drawings. For example there is the hair zone. I put a lot of blue in the hair and I wanted it to be an extension of the robot looking probes that are coming out of her head. The probes, or horns are sweeping architectural shapes that I always include in my work. Sometimes I get lost in what I am drawing but I can always pull back and see the overall shape of the portrait that I am drawing.
If you look at my artwork you will soon notice that I am really into drawing eyes with big eyelashes. I do not know why I am fascinated with eyes but I like to exaggerate the shape of the eyelashes and eyebrows. I always keep the iris looking pretty realistic.
Creating objects of fine art from the wild visions in my mind.
This is an age old question. I have asked this of myself several times in my life. I do not believe that I have ever written about this aspect of my life before. I have discussed it with my friends and family a lot. I just finished a drawing that took a month to draw.
I started it on September 10, 2010 and I finished it on October 10, 2010. My Landmark Education training confirmed my belief that life is a game. I like creating games to motivate my life. I had not drawn a picture in about two years so I wanted to kick start my artistic brain with some inspiration. I said that I was going to draw a picture in one month. Now I needed something to draw.
Usually I do not have a problem coming up with ideas for a drawing. I am one of those artist that creates art with an improvisational style. I call my type of art Colored Acid Jazz. My brain has always run amuck when I stare up at clouds in the sky or get lost in a marble tile floor. My imagination makes images out of random patterns based on what is going through my mind at the moment. My artistic motto is 'I can not draw a straight line'. Even when I use a ruler to draw I eventually deviate so far away from the original goal that it even amazes me. Sometimes getting side tracked is not a good thing, but when I am drawing it is when I have the most fun and freedom.
So for this drawing I was inspired by my friend and former co-worker Mario Leal. Mario posted a link on Facebook to a video of a person drawing a portrait of an anime character. I was intrigued by the time lapse technique of the video. I got entranced by the way the artist drew the eyes on the portrait. I like drawing eyes and I draw portraits, but not like this artist. So this drawing game needed a challenge. My wife Sylvia had the September 2010 edition of O Magazine lying around. I picked it up and started flipping through the pages and I found an ad with a face that I wanted to draw. As you can see from the images in this posting the original inspiration for my drawing is quite plain compared to my rendering of the model. This is a prime example of how I as an artist getting side tracked by the images that I see when the pencil meets the art board and the colors start telling the me as an artist where to put them.
I have been drawing with this style for over 30 years. I will not go into the details of how I started drawing like this but I will say that screaming yellow canaries in San Diego had a lot to do with it. I really like drawing as it involves no computer, no electricity except when I draw inside at night, and I only have to listen to the quality control voice in my head to tell me when I am done.