Sunday, February 14, 2016

Marker Demo Drawings




















Here are some marker sketches I did for the demo at Blick Art Materials in Fullerton.The purpose of this demo was to show how to layer bright colors over a value marker sketch.
I used the Blick Studio Markers set of twelve which are mostly bright colors over the warm grays set of twelve (9 values + 3 black markers in the set) for a 10 value scale as well as the Blick Studio Brush Markers set of 24 which has the same colors as the bright set plus some non-bright colors.
I had several papers to demo. These here were done on the Canson Pro-Marker Layout Paper.

Markers are similar to watercolor in their transparency so are easily layered. The benefit with starting with the value sketch first is you focus on the design then add color.
The sketches with color are all value underneath. I started with a page of the value sketches then added color for the demo leaving some to show the difference.
It is fairly easy to knock down the saturation of most colors by coming back in and adding more of the value marker on top. If you compare the yellow in the bottom page middle sketch to the untouched bright yellow of the top page bottom sketch you can see what I mean.

I like working with markers for preliminary sketches and thumbnails for their immediacy to get right into it with any mixing of paint colors and sometimes you need to strike while the iron is hot.
Another aspect I like is as you really wet the paper with the marker over and over it will take on the look of watercolor somewhat with that characteristic blotty puddle we associate with watercolor.
See bottom page middle sketch.

Markers are not just for tight advertising and design renderings. They can also be used in a more painterly organic manner.129,130


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Marker Demo at Blick Art Materials Fullerton




















I am excited to announce I will be down at the Blick Art Materials in Fullerton tomorrow, Thursday February 11th from 2:00-4:00 pm doing a marker demonstration with Blick Studio Markers on Canson Pro-Layout Marker Paper and Canson Artist Series Illustration Pad.
If you are in the area stop in, say hello and take advantage of the big sale too.

Thanks to Jan Godachy of NWS for her support and recommending me for the demo.
Additional thanks to Ed of HAMELIN Brands, Blick Art Materials Retail Events Co-ordinator Todd and Fullerton store manager Buffy for their help and support in arranging the demo and supplying the materials.



Thursday, February 4, 2016

NWS Show at The Muckenthaler Cultural Center



















The NWS Invitational Plein Air Painting Exhibition opens tonight in Fullerton California.
I have six watercolors hanging in the upcoming exhibition and sale.

With special thanks to Penny Hill of National Watercolor Society and Matthew Leslie of the Muckenthaler Cultural Center for curating and putting the show together.

I am among some great NWS artists for this show so I know it will be top notch talent and I am  anxious to see it myself.
Mine were painted on location, plein air, primarily in and around my home town and The Port of LA.

They are quick studies done on location, much like a journalistic approach, and allow me to get familiar with the subject and often inform my studio work.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Marker Drawings 25






















































Sketchbook drawings
Sharpie markers bullet and fine point, Prismacolor Premier dual tip warm grey 40% marker, 2015
sketchbook 6" x 8" (15.24cm x 20.32cm)

The final post from this series of black and white and tonal marker drawings.

I started doing these down at Art-A-Fair while sitting in my booth and just kept going.

In total there are 25 posts (25 is such a nice number, ¼ of a hundred but ½ a year for me, see below) , 116 pages (based on my Pinterest pins) x 2 per page - 6 + 1 = 227 individual sketches, representing 4 sketchbooks worth and done over a period of roughly 6 months (180 days) which comes out to 1.26 sketches per day, or 1 ¼ sketch per day.
Hmmmm, just slightly ahead of Aussie blogger friend Wendy Barrett's 30/30 challenge of (only) one painting a day for 30 days or 1.0 per day. ; )
Oh wait... paintings... yeah, she probably spent more time.
Well, then let's call it a draw (pun intended), we're even. 

I had a lot of fun experimenting with very different approaches.

Some were more abstract, some graphic (notan), some tonal using value markers, some tonal through a linear-tonal approach and/or hatching crosshatching and various combinations.
Some I did from life, a small handful from photos, but most were from my imagination, especially the more recent ones.
Most often I went directly into the drawing with marker, no lay-in, other times I did a light pencil or ballpoint pen construction lines of the big shapes.

I preferred the marker directly to the page, have no fear and just start laying it in.
On that note I often worked faster and more intuitively when going direct and would get more fluid results and better shape design. That is about trusting yourself. We usually know more than we think and if we just let it flow we see it on the page in black and white, pun intended.

But my temperament was not always suited to that approach so I also did some more thoughtfully and carefully and was still happy with those too.
All in all it was about sketching for its own sake, no pressure to produce finished work and that is what made it enjoyable, as it should be. If some did not work out it was okay.

Been fun, hope you enjoyed them too. I'm sure I will do and post more but for now that's it.

If you want to see them all on one page visit my Pinterest page and the Markers Sketches board.123,124,125,126,127,128





Friday, January 22, 2016

Marker Drawings 24




























Sketchbook drawings
Sharpie markers bullet and fine pointPrismacolor Premier dual tip warm grey 40% marker, 2015
sketchbook 6" x 8" (15.24cm x 20.32cm)

Nearing the end for now... of these marker drawings.  But there will be more later. Four here plus 4 or 5 others in the next post.
On to posting other shows, projects and ventures... and of course you will be seeing color again.
No, there were no problems with the blog like it reverted back to some old black and white TV show.

Although there was that movie?
Pleasantville.119,120,121,122





Saturday, January 16, 2016

Marker Drawings 23




























Sketchbook drawings
Sharpie markers bullet and fine point, 2015
sketchbook 6" x 8" (15.24cm x 20.32cm)

If you have been following these series of marker posts you know I have been bouncing back and forth between tonal and flatter graphic approaches.
Not all are great but that is part of experimenting and direct mediums like marker force you to think ahead since changes are nearly impossible.
Even when they are abstract or ambiguous I often like the dark/light pattern as in second page down bottom image.

A tonal approach is usually best done using value markers however I also like to use markers that are near used up or dried out as I did in the bottom two pages. The advantage with doing that is the half-tone created is more textural or organic and thus more painterly. The disadvantage is they don't last very long in that state and can sometimes be unpredictable.
But used for quick sketches, thumbnails and experimental drawings I get those happy accidents.115,116,117,118


Friday, January 8, 2016

Marker Drawings 22






























Sketchbook drawings
Sharpie markers bullet and fine point, Prismacolor Premier dual tip warm grey 40% marker, 2015
sketchbook 6" x 8" (15.24cm x 20.32cm)

Four more for the new year. I have a bunch done to post still so even with an upcoming show announcement and some other posts you will be seeing a few more of these.
I'm still digging them out of my imagination.411, 412,413,114

Friday, January 1, 2016

Marker Drawings 21




























Sketchbook drawings
Sharpie markers bullet and fine point, Prismacolor Premier dual tip warm grey 40% marker, 2015
sketchbook 6" x 8" (15.24cm x 20.32cm)

Happy New Year!

I am starting 2016 the same way I finished 2015 by posting some more of the recent marker sketches. I usually post some new work (although these are new as well) , often one I did near the end of December or literally the first day of the new year but this year I felt like trying something different by letting one year roll into the next.
I have several watercolors in progress for an upcoming show as well as various oils. The oils in the manner I work that is very layered and time consuming.
Anyway, it won't be long before I am back to posting paintings again. I hope you have enjoyed all these black and white sketches as much as I have enjoyed making them.407,408,409,410


Sunday, December 20, 2015

Marker Drawings 20



























Sketchbook drawings
Sharpie markers bullet and fine point, Letraset Promarker Twin Tip Neutral Tone markers (cool grey 1-5 plus black), 2015
sketchbook 6" x 8" (15.24cm x 20.32cm)

Things are about to get real busy as the new year approaches! I have enjoyed the simple and immediate pleasure of drawing for its own sake but show deadlines are quickly approaching. More on that later. For now, a few more sketches.402,403,404,405,406


Sunday, December 13, 2015

Marker Drawings 19



























Sketchbook drawings
Sharpie markers bullet and fine point, Letraset Promarker Twin Tip Neutral Tone markers (cool grey 1-5 plus black), 2015
sketchbook 6" x 8" (15.24cm x 20.32cm)

Working on stuff... a few more marker sketches. Light and dark and hazy.397,398,399,400,401

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Marker Drawings 18


























Sketchbook drawings
ballpoint pen, Sharpie markers bullet and fine point, Letraset Promarker Twin Tip Neutral Tone markers (cool grey 1-5 plus black), 2015
sketchbook 6" x 8" (15.24cm x 20.32cm)

Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving!
Back to a more black and white graphic approach. Still some tonal application but simplified.394,395,396


Friday, November 20, 2015

Marker Drawings 17


























Sketchbook drawings
ballpoint pen, Sharpie markers bullet and fine point, Prismacolor Premier dual tip warm grey 40% marker, Letraset Promarker Twin Tip Neutral Tone markers (cool grey 1-5 plus black), 2015
sketchbook 6" x 8" (15.24cm x 20.32cm)

More... still enjoying it.390,391,392,393


Saturday, November 14, 2015

Marker Drawings 16


























Sketchbook drawings
ballpoint pen, Sharpie markers bullet and fine point, Prismacolor Premier dual tip warm grey 40% marker, Letraset Promarker Twin Tip Neutral Tone markers (cool grey 1-5 plus black), 2015
sketchbook 6" x 8" (15.24cm x 20.32cm)

A few more... 386,387,388,389