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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Day 10: How do you say Banana in Spanish?

Only ninety days left!

Last night was another difficult night. I was not happy with anything I was doing. I actually did three separate drawings. One still remains unfinished. Maybe Mary will get all three? Anyway, in talking with a friend, I mentioned that every drawing isn't successful but that the bad needs to be made and you move on. Well, the third drawing I was pleased with but I went back and finished the second one I started. Not very pleased with it but I thought I would post it. And tonight I will go back and finish the first of the three.

When I told my friends I would make them something, I didn't guarantee it to be good...

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Day 9: Mi Coche Es Su Coche

My friend Morgan is a wonderful artist who does fantastic textural and somewhat minimalist work that packs a punch. Check out her website.

As I was thinking of Morgan for some reason a wagon came to mind. As I go back to look at her website this morning, I now know why. Thanks for the inspiration Morgan, now and always!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Day 8: Ataque de Autómata

I love zombie movies. I love shooting zombies in video games. One of my friends whom I believe shares this love of mine is Mandy in Portland, Oregon.

I also have a secret love of watercolors. I'm not a huge fan of most watercolor paintings and I have never been any good using watercolors. However, there is something there that I am waiting to find that I expect will bring me much joy when I do. Maybe I need the earth to pass through the tail of a comet to aid me in my quest.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Day 7: Y despues de tomar...

This drawing is for my friend and in a previous life my art history professor, Laura. What do you do for your art history professor, especially when her expertise is in Latin American Art?! Aye, aye, aye!
Well, my weekend was cut short when I had to work on a Saturday, A SATURDAY! Yesterday's drawing was a quickie. And I thought to myself, what would Laura do after a night of drinking, working the next day and another night of lo se.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Day 6: Go Haya, Go!

I don't know if you have caught on but I am selecting a word en Espanol to serve as the impetus for each drawing. That is until yesterday. No, Haya is not a word in Spanish. She is Japanese/German and maybe some other stuff in there, too. A wonderful friend from college.

Weekends are proving harder than the weekday. Summer is approaching and I have a ton of weeding and house fix-its I want and need to do. I thought I would have more time to focus on the drawing of the day but it turns out it is less.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Day 5: Estoy Nublado

For my friend Niki, whom I've reconnected with recently after a number of years, I tried to do something very different. Normally, when I get a notion I go all out. If it works great, if it doesn't well then, it doesn't. This time I actually used a piece of scrap paper to work out my notions before applying to the drawing. In all honesty, I like the scrap paper better. I suppose that is part of my process. I let them be what they are going to be, somewhat random and instantaneous. A bit raw and hopefully with some emotion.

By the way Niki is far from being cloudy. She if full of sunshine. But then again...
Nublado puede ser bueno!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Day 4: Breaking Out of la Caja

Alright, I purposefully didn't put any portraiture in this drawing. Sorry, Molly. I'm sure you could convince me to make it up to you.
What have I done!? What was I thinking!? 100 drawings in a 100 days! Aye Dios Mio!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Day 3: "Las Abejas" Ocupadas

This challenge to myself is definitely realizing itself as a challenge. In doing a drawing everyday, one of my goals is to explore different processes as well as different concepts. I do a lot of portraiture in my work and it is very hard to not do it. I typically don't use a lot of color and trying to add color is difficult as well. Trying to do things I normally don't do is easier said than done.

In this drawing for my favorite cousin-in-law, Connie. I had wanted to mix a more cartoon style with a somewhat realistic style. My concept was to have a cartoon world dreaming of a world that was realistic. Well, I couldn't make it work in one evening. But here, is the drawing and the concept drawing for the cartoon character.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Day 2: Laurelita, Mas Juguetes Por Favor!

My friend Laurel has the most amazing and fun little person in her life. We always have a fun time when we hang out. His father, Jason, took this great photo of him waking up after a nap, un pelo loco. I hope they enjoy this as much as much I enjoy tossing him around like una pelota.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Day 1: NEVER Cross the Bridge

As I mentioned, the 100 artworks in 100 days stemmed from a facebook pyramid scheme. So, the first few drawings are going to friends. However, not all of my 100 plus friends from facebook wanted free artwork so who knows what the remaining drawings will be of...

First up is my wonderful friend, Bridget, who swims in the swamps of Florida in search of the Fountain of Mis-Given Youth. We met in Seattle years ago on the metro bus commuting to work. Though she has moved away we remain in touch but she has made up for it by bringing into my world another amazing friend and great camera man, Jonathan.
Bridget and Jonathan some how, mistakenly did not receive their Valentine Card this year. How embarrassing! Sorry, it must have been lost in the mail. However, to make it up to Bridget, she gets two drawings. Here is day one of 100 artworks in 100 days...

Monday, April 20, 2009

100 Artworks in 100 Days

Inspiration, does it exist or not. Do I have a muse that will whisper in my ear or visit me in my slumber. Maybe, maybe not. I can't say and maybe I don't really care. The jury of 12 little men in my head are still out to lunch on that one. However, I have arrived at points in my life where I do not know what to do next. Lately, there has been some sort of project but nothing to satisfy my desire to let myself do what I do. I have plenty of thoughts swirling in my head but none that I can nail down to paper. Well, I do I handle that?

In college, my professor had an exercise where you had to make 10 drawings in one week. The next week he would have you make ten more but tell you to take it a step further. My version of this to make a 100 drawings in a 100 days. The idea stemmed from a silly notion from facebook where you post a note saying that you will make the first five people that respond something but in return they had to do the same, creating some pyramid like scheme. I decided that my friends don't need to do anything in return. If they wanted something, they could have it.

En todo caso, friends will start getting things sometime this week. Each day, starting tomorrow, I will post that days drawing.

Let the drawing commence.

Monday, April 6, 2009

For Myself: Sketches of Blues

Mindless sketching is one thing I don't do enough of even though it is one of my favorite things to do. A few weeks ago, abandoned by my wife for the weekend, I had an opportunity to go see a friend perform at the Highway 99 Blues Club. Since I did not want to seem like a pathetic soul sitting in a corner drinking by myself, I thought I would play the part of the tortured soul sitting in a corner drinking by myself and sketching. The sketches aren't wonderful or all that exciting but it's fun to not think about the marks I am making and just scratch on paper. I found it very rejuvenating. Thank you John Nemeth!