Posted July 11, 2004: the reason there
is SUCH a big gap in the progress charting is that when I
put the fairy wings on her face...I thought I F$#@! it up.
I was very embarrassed. BIGtime. I was just so excited when
I realized that this was the concluding work in the surreal
ink artwork series (begun back in 1996) that it just blew
me away when I put the fairy wings on her face and she turned
into Woody Allen (Gary's remark was much kinder, he said it
looked like Andy Warhol <g>). Ink is very unforgiving,
you only get one chance. A lot of dots have come into being
while I tried to save this piece <lol>. I didn't know
until the last minute whether I was wasting my time or not,
I kept hearing this little voice saying, "Wait a minute,
now try this...and this....and..." I'm glad I listened.
Now all of the stuff from the past is wrapped up. "Denouement"
sets a period to the chapters of this series. "This was,
now is...." Each work in the surreal ink artwork series
is an independent short story, together they make a novel.
Click here to view all four together.
Posted June 20, 2004: I am just blown away
by the way the subconscious works. One minute I'm working
on my chops and putting keywords into the website. The surreal
ink artwork having keywords added? "Midnight."
I look into the face of Anger, Sorrow and Pain (the fiery
headed urchin with fairy wings) and flashback onto my life
then. Man, it was INTENSE. Now, getting back to work (back
in the present), I go to add the hair into this little work.
Somehow the hair turns into flames. I thought the imagery
came from this sci-fi book I'm currently reading "Game
of Thrones." I don't think about it much, just keep working
the flames into the surreal ink artwork. (I try not to question
too much when the subconscious is working. <lol>) Then
I turn around, run into "Midnight" (hanging on the
wall)...and the connection is made. Wow. I get it. The face
in flames has returned. All that pain, sorrow and anger came
from a path that led directly to HERE (and a whole lot of
happiness). This piece isn't done yet. Wait until you see
what happens next (keep your fingers crossed I can pull this
Posted June 01, 2004: it's like getting
back on a bicycle man. There is sooo much to remember: you
have to keep a light vs. dark map in your head (so you don't
get so focused on drawing some dumb detail that your make
the lightest part of the drawing tooo dark <ugh>), you
have to keep double-checking angles allll the way throughout
the process (or things starting skewing out of proportion)
and you have to remember how to look at things DEEP (with
your eyes AND your hand). I'm sloOoOowly remembering how to
juggle all of these things. Actually I've added in a few new
ones while I'm in learning mode. hehehehe. Glad to see a real
person actually beginning to appear in the drawing (instead
of a wooden caricature).
Posted May 24, 2004: with THIS sketch I
decided to jump in and concentrate on those tiny details right
from the beginning. So I enlarged the face, left out the hair
(the whole initial interest) and gave myself enough elbow
room to include EVERYTHING <lol>. While I'm at it, I
thought I'd practice a little stippling (the black and white
pen & ink version of pointillism<g>). At least the
woodeness seems to be disappearing :) Woohoo!
Posted May 24, 2004: Man, this is frustrating!
The longer and deeper you focus on your subject, the more
details you discover...the bigger you tend to draw (to fit
the data into the picture). A bigtime rookie mistake that
gets things out of proportion (see the image in the left corner).
You have to check proportions CONSTANTLY (top right image),
plus you have to look at what's in front of you, not what's
in your head. This sort of focus will keep you from drawing
wooden people (see the bottom right image). Jeez. I grabbed
this photo because I liked the way the hair flowed. The sketch
turned out SO horrible that I've redrawn this one repeatedly.
I KNOW I can do better than this.
Posted May 24, 2004: This is the little
surreal sketch that made me realize how out of practice I
am. Oh boy. I went to draw the mermaid's arm and suddenly
realized I didn't know my angle, the proportions, the shadows,
and didn't even have a guess at the correct anatomy. Wow,
I think I was about five years old the last time THAT happened.
Okay, I exaggerated...I was ten last time that happened. These
pen and ink sketches of surreal ink artwork are the equivalent
of doing scales for a musician. LOTS of practice makes BETTER
art :) ...and I'm way outta practice.
Posted May 24, 2004: I've been trying to
get my head back into the space it used to live in (when a
few extra minutes at ANY time meant that I was drawing SOMETHING
<lol>). So, whenever I have a spare moment...I try to
doodle little pieces of surreal ink artwork <g>. Makes
sense to me :)