and the Female Arts...
I have long been involved in the arts, primarily in illustration and graphics. I was employed right out of high school in the arts making more money than some folks make now - but, the "business" end of the arts seemed to destroy the original intent (Along with myself as an 18yr. old with money!) Now, many years later, on my own, my drawing and graphics have been slowly reborn in study of the female form. Most of the drawings here are done in pencil or ink, and are motivated, or "inspired" by various subjects and/or photographs. My eventual goal, to have an original drawing reproduced in sculpt and possibly creation of a female resin kit. In some examples, versions of these drawings have been digitally "colorized", but originals remain in B&W.
This is actually a view I had in the Bahamas during a port call which was forever etched in memory. I recall watching as the straw hat was almost lost in the wind and this is where the title is revealed in “straw hat”. The only thing to make such a view better was to reproduce it in a pencil sketch as seen here. The simple sketch is pretty small, about a 5x7 or so, sketched out on a piece of plain white printer paper.
This is another of my personal pencil sketches. Can't remember where the idea came from, but was drawn using a standard number two pencil on white pressboard. I maintained no use of contrast between the upper sections of the female figure and the paper - giving the illusion of a bright sunny day. Thus, this piece was titled "Sunshine". If body lines would have surrounded the entire female figure, the presence of intense sunlight, would have most likely been lost. This piece measures 8x10".
If rainy days could be so kind! A drawing done in early 2000 while in a state of boredom. Again I am unsure of the image that created the motivation for me to draw this piece, but results speak for themselves. It is a simple, plain drawing in pencil that lets your mind wonder to the possibilities. Obviously, where ever the motivation originated, I bet it wasn’t in central park. Being prepared for rainy days is important, thus the title. This one is relatively small on simple sketch paper in 8x10 size. It remains in my personal collection. This is the digitally “colorized” version of this piece - the original remains in B&W - why yes, purple is my favorite color! This would make a great resin kit!
This is one of my later drawings which was obviously motivated by the popular men’s magazine “Penthouse”. I have no idea which centerfold it was, but the entire photo wasn’t worthy of a drawing. What did appeal to me was the dramatic contrast in the painted fingernails against her bare skin – the rest is just a bonus. The reproduction of the dark nails against the pale skin in this drawing is very apparent. It came out just as I had intended. For obvious reasons, I have entitled this drawing “Polished”. The original is in 8x10” format and medium of pencil.
Another pencil drawing done on standard 8x10 white pressboard, using a simple #2 pencil. The drawing was inspired by a photograph I ran across in a photo portrait “how to” book. I attempted to maintain high details toward the top of the drawing, while slowly loosing details and contrast as your eyes travel down the page. Maybe it's only me, but it seems you are simply drawn into the details of her face. In the end, I found this drawing to be of greater interest than the original photo. This was completed several years ago and was entitled “Light Above”. This is in the larger 11x17" format.
One of my absolute favorites to date - at least of my own work. This again, is a simple drawing but all rendred in "mechanical pencil" of different sizes. This was either done based on a photo, or another piece of art, but I seem to recall the original having devil horns and maybe a tail? The tall slender lines, sharp edges and points provide a modern “devilish” feel. Although this drawing was done in 2000, it almost mirrors that of the current works of one of my favorite artists, “Armando Huerta”. Drawing is in 11x17 mounted on white board and still within my collection. This one will eventually be digitaly "colorized" to see what type of effects can be created. As it depicts, it has been titled "Spikes". Yet another fabulous resin kit possibility! Any bored sculptors up for the challenge?