Both Darwin and Cameron were pioneers. I assume everyone knows of Darwin. Cameron (1815-1879) was a British aristocrat who took up photography the last 11 years of her life. She did portraits of many luminaries of her day, and her pictures influenced modern photography.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
.05 Micron pen on Bienfang Graphics 360 100% Rag Translucent Marker Paper, with a touch of pink Prismacolor pencil. I love the paper--there is absolutely no bleeding.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Just finished reading Sketch Book: Conceptual Drawings from the World's Most Influential Designers by Timothy O'Donnell. The book profiles a number of different designers and shows pages from their sketch books. The focus is on graphic design, not illustration or fine art. The book is interesting in that the subjects use their sketch books as a thinking tool, not as objects of art. No pretty pictures here. I got the book from the library. I wouldn't buy it, but it is worth checking out from the library. It provides food for thought on how to make good use of a sketch book.
Monday, November 30, 2009
When I saw the prompt entangled, I immediately thought of a thicket of bushes in my backyard. The tangles have long fascinated me, and I have been wanting to draw them for some time now. This prompt was a good excuse. I drew from life for about an hour and then switched to imagination. I developed the drawing in pencil and at the end added some colored pencil, colored pen, and pastel pencil. I left part of the drawing undone, because I think it looks more interesting that way.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I am working on my silhouettes. I think the key to a good silhouette is (1) gesture and (2) details such as hair, ribbons, profile, and clothing. Arthur Rackham was a master at silhouette.
I drew the figures from imagination. I have been practicing figures and am finding practice pays off for imaginative work. The figures are drawn in Chartpack AD Marker on printer paper. The marker bled a little; next time I need to remember to use paper specifically made for markers.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
On Wednesday evening of last week, Mrs. Thea Gilberston from the town of Franklin was ajudged insane by Judge J.D. Perry and was taken to Mendota State Asylum on the Thursday afternoon train by Sherriff Buckley (Badger State Banner, April 13, 1893).
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
I did this for last week's Illustration Friday prompt flying, but didn't submit it. It is based on a Vanity Fair photo from the 1950's. Except the model in the photo is not wearing an aviator's cap and goggles. The drawing fits right in with the gorgeous but silly advertisements in magazines like Vanity Fair. Beautiful people in really, really expensive clothing in interesting scenes that are far, far removed from reality. I get my Vanity Fairs at the local library's used book table for a quarter each and dream about the good life.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
A strong padlock will keep your possessions safe. To render this drawing, I used techniques I learned in the book Drawing Realistic Textures in Pencil by J.D. Hillberry. The drawing is on hot-pressed watercolor paper. I used pencil, charcoal, and frisket film to render the image.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
She was born on September 12th, 1929 in Kitchener, Ontario to Henry and Susan Riediger. She grew up with two older siblings, Eric and Ella, and she had two additional siblings that died at birth. She grew up speaking English and German and was fluent in both languages. She worked as a bank teller before she was married, a job she enjoyed.
John and Esther met in 1949, when John, who was from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was visiting relatives in Kitchener, Ontario. They met ice skating in Victoria Park. Although Esther was an excellent ice skater, she made a point to fall down frequently so John could help her up.
After John returned home to Lancaster, John and Esther wrote to each other. John returned to Kitchener for Esther’s sister Ella’s wedding, and John proposed marriage to Esther at Ella’s wedding. John and Esther were married on October 14th, 1950 in the Mennonite Brethren Church in Kitchener, Ontario.
After they were married, John and Esther moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where they purchased a 64 acre farm. Esther’s first child, Tom, was born on January 19th, 1952. In later years, Esther would fondly remember her farm dog Penny, a Saint Bernard, and would recall the tornado that took the roof off of their barn.
In 1952, John and Esther sold their farm and moved to Jamestown, New York, about 60 miles from Niagara Falls. John bred cows for the Curtiss Breeding Company and Esther was a homemaker. Esther’s second child, Laurel, was born on March 9th, 1959.
In 1961, John and Esther moved to Vernon, New York. Once her youngest child was in middle school, Esther started working as a book keeper at a local feed store. She first worked for Don Mower in Vernon Center, and when he went out of business, she went to work as a book keeper for Pohl’s Feedway in Vernon. She worked at Pohl’s until she retired. She enjoyed book keeping and excelled at it.
In November, 2008, Esther and John moved to Dallas, Texas, in order to be closer to their children.
Although she lived in the United States for almost 59 years, Esther remained a Canadian citizen and never became a citizen of the United States.
Esther grew up in the Mennonite faith. In Vernon, she attended the Vernon Baptist church and later became a member of the Oneida United Methodist church.
Esther enjoyed reading mysteries and liked to visit used book stores to look for books. She loved dogs and had a pet dog for most of her married life. While her children were still at home, she enjoyed playing pitch (a card game) with other women once a month. Later, she enjoyed participating in social activities at the Utica Maennerchor Club, a German singing club. Other members always liked to sit at her table, because she was fun to be with and would make sure everyone had a good time. She and John traveled to Germany to visit John’s relatives in the Heidelberg area.
Her favorite holiday was Christmas. She loved buying and wrapping presents. Her children did not understand German, so she and John discussed all Christmas plans in German, in order to keep everything secret until Christmas morning. Christmas morning was always highly anticipated.
Esther’s greatest joy was her home and family. She liked being a homemaker and took pride in a clean and neat house, full of good food. While her children were growing up, vacations were visits to Kitchener or Lancaster to visit relatives. Once her children were grown, she frequently traveled to California and Texas to visit her children and grandchildren. She was happiest when she was with her family.
Here is my Mom and Dad's wedding picture. On October 14th, 2009, they would have been married 59 years.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Here is double trouble:
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
The problem with winning the rat race is you're still a rat. - Lily Tomlin
Although being in a hurry and impatience are not exactly the same thing, I think they are closely related. After all, if you are not in a hurry, what is there to be impatient about? Last Friday, as I was driving home from work, I saw a runner dash past me. Later, my husband told me he thought an illustration about impatience should include a clock. Voila! I had a concept for my illustration.
I used Edward Muybridge's photograph sequence of a running man as the models for my runners. Here is the sequence I used:
Friday, August 7, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
I have been itching to make a drawing that combines human features with animal ones. The prompt modify was a perfect opportunity. I combined two photo references into one graphite drawing and then tinted the drawing with color in Photoshop Elements.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Last Friday, NPR aired a piece called Artists Make Money By Forgoing Traditional Galleries. The piece profiles 3 visual artists, exploring how each makes a living. None make a living selling their art, but each nevertheless is able to create art and survive. Check it out.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
I did some consulting on Wall Street about 5 years ago and had an apartment in Battery Park, half a block from the Hudson and a view of the Statue of Liberty. The statue is beautiful. If I could afford to live in that area of New York City, I would move there in a minute.
I used a variety of Micron pen colors and experimented with blending colors.