Monday, April 9, 2012

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Safta's Painting

My 20 min. copy
Hanging on the wall in my apartment is an unfinished painting, Chassidim Dancing, which my Safta (grandmother) made for us. It is also the last painting she made. I had a quick go at it, watercolor on 90 lb. velum finish paper.
Safta's original

Friday, April 1, 2011

Some watercolor sketches

Keys to Drawing projects

 Self portrait of my eyes. Great, other than looking thirty years older.
After Degas...

...and the original Degas 

and then trying to copy his "handwriting" in my own drawing

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Been a while...

Let's see if we can do this more regularly.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Playing around

The images are not the best quality as I am taking them with a digital camera. Right now, though, I have no intention of buying a scanner.
Watercolor. Playing with a new brush and attempting to get multiple values from one color.
#2 pencil in sketchbook. Drawn while on conference call. Used a web photo for reference.

My parent's home

Image courtesy of Google Street View. In my homemade rubber-band pocket sketchbook.

770 take 2

Crayola watercolor & Micron Pigma on watercolor paper (I got some better brushes since last time).
Made this a few weeks ago but never got around to posting.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Palm tree - just watercolor

Here is a watercolor drawing I made based on the sketches below. I liked the sketches, below, better, but everyone seems to like this one, especially because of it's minimalistic quality. The photo does not do it justice, but I had no patience to patchkeh.   Crayola watercolor on 300 lb. watercolor paper.

Palm Trees, below + watercolor

Here are my quick palm tree sketches below with a bit of added watercolor.


Sunday, February 7, 2010

Palm trees - quick sketches

two quick sketches of "palm trees" (fake plants). Ballpoint on the scrap in my pocket.
what's cool is this was a spontaneous sketch, 1st I made in a public place.

Friday, January 29, 2010

770 - Mendel's and mine

Here is Mendel's  go at it. notice he did not stick to the colors it is "supposed to" be, or try to copy mine.
Here's mine. Both watercolor on scrap

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Yosef Mokir Shabbos - Ink & Watercolor

Here it is before the paint:

My kids were listening to the story on a tape so I decided to make a drawing of a scene from the story. This is my first real go at ink and watercolor. need to get the right brush and paper.
Sakura Micron .08 and Identipen, Crayola watercolors w/ lousy (understatement) brushes, on 45 lb. sketch paper.

Here is a photo I used for reference:

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Ink & Watercolor - 1st attempt

Mendel was watercoloring, and Chaim'ke (my kids) drawing, so I decided to give it a go. Chaimke was helping me as you can see the large water stain.
Micron .08 & el-cheapo watercolor on premium scrap paper.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Based on a true pepper

Exercise 1-C from Keys to drawing. Two drawings of a pepper. First from memory, second looking at the subject. In the first I ran out of details quite fast as that is about as well as I know peppers. Gotta honestly say I impressed myself, I like that second pepper! (and then it went back in the fridge).
Pigma Micron .08

"Fruit Punch Tea"

Pronounced "Fwoot punts tea", AKA herbal. didn't even plan this one. Drew the left side of the mug, the handle, top and bottom and spoon, just to explain my son the concept of shading and light and dark. He insisted I finish the mug so I did. then he wanted herbal tea, so I put some in (if we're already doing this made to order. He's still not over why I don't color everything). I do like the finished effect with the bit of color.
Pigma Micron .08 and red art marker.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Still life - orange

#4B pencil, touch ups with a kneaded eraser and shield, to make some of the whites stick out, Also to remove Chaim'ke's "corrections", you can still see a trace of it, the diagonal line coming up from the bottom left.
Thanks Mordy for the eraser shield and all the other goodies!


Black fine ballpoint. 7 min. - having fun with the kids 

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Stroller wheel

A quick sketch of  my child's stroller wheel while outside waiting for the menorah parade.
8 min. Sakura Identipen & Pilot Razor II

Benefits of being an 'arteest'

One of the benefits of being an 'arteest' is you can respectably dress like a homeless. 
Here's Yakov Agam, the artist, at the lighting of "worlds largest menorah" which he designed, that is displayed in Manhattan.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

More what I see

more practice, what I see, not think I see.

Mendel's Menorah

bit of a change, my son's art instead of mine.
Mendel's menorah made in school. pretty high tech from the bolts and soda caps we used to use.

What you see

Sketch of a hair brush. Was not careful with the bristles. Was done sideways, but can not figure out how to rotate the photo on the blog.
All the other marks are doodles showing through from the other side. that's what you get for 45 lb. paper.

Surrounded by Holiness

based on farbrengen 19 Kislev 5747, 2nd sicha, about the importance of shir lamalos for yoledes and surrounding a baby with holiness from birth.
This may qualify as a preliminary drawing (assuming they get more advanced)

Blind Contour Drawing

As in you don't look at the drawing at all while drawing. This is drawing of my left hand, looking at my palm.

more upside downdrawings

both Pigma Micron on scrap paper. Turned them upside down for you.

upside down drawing

This is a drawing of the older guy who sat next to the candyman in the 'Gerrer Shtiebel' on Melrose many a year ago. Guess i sorta forgot what his face looks like. OK, it's just a copy of a Hispanic fellow's doodle...
Pigma Micron .08 on good ole scrap paper