Boo! I’m enjoying a Frankenstein triple feature and working on artist trading cards. I’ve had a couple of requests for the Frankenstein monster so what a perfect night to finish these drawings up. Here’s one I finished last night.
More cats for you here. I’ve been making a lot of these lately. I think because I want to make sure that they aren’t flukes or just happy accidents. I’m so amazed by how well these are turning out. For a contrast, here are some cat drawings I drew in 2008:
Instead of filling requests for portraits, I’ve been filling up my sketchbook with ballpoint pen drawings. Here’s one I thought came out quite well. As always, Michael is my ever-patient model. He looks like he’s thinking about something pretty serious, but I think he’s just asleep.
On the first sunny and warm day this spring, Michael and I went to the park. Michael basked, and I sketched. At first I was frustrated. I had chosen an impossible angle and as it was such a glorious, lazy, summery afternoon I just couldn’t bear to get technical and try to do a “proper drawing.”
I had to mentally thumb my nose at my inner critic as she badgered me to consider the proportions or to “slow down and try do some proper hatching for god’s sake!” I just kept marking, smudging and scribbling on pages. I had such a great time.
Looks like I’m finally learning to just give myself a break and enjoy myself.
Here’s a little bulldog drawing for an artist trading card I made by request. I have mixed feelings about this drawing. I think the eyes turned out okay, but it just seems to be missing something. Maybe it’s that the whites are too white. I’m still experimenting with gouache and not quite comfortable with it.
I’ve been trading artist trading cards (ATCs) for about three years now. It’s a great hobby and it’s really helped me with my drawing. The first trade I did was a portrait exchange with Ujwala from Draw the Line. We each drew each other and it was a great experience. I’ve managed to do it a few more times and gathering a nice collection of little portraits of myself.
I met Lindsay (she goies by Lindsaywhimsy)on ATCS for All and fell in love with her whimsical images so I invited her to do a portrait card trade with me. She’s allowed me to feature the card she made for me here.
John Bavarro for Julia Kay’s Portrait Party
Pen, ink, and marker on paper, 5×7 inches
Let’s pretend last year never happened. It was not one of my best. In fact, it sucked. I’m just tucking 2010 away to that that place in my brain that isolates things like songs from the 80’s that I don’t want to remember, and having all my wisdom teeth removed in one go, unpleasant things like that.
The image above is one of the few drawings I did last year that I’m pleased with. I drew it for Julia Kay’s Portrait Party on Flickr. Artists post pictures of themselves and we all draw each other. There are so many amazing artists participating and more are joining all the time. When I joined up around June of last year there were around 200. Now there are over 450.
I’m so glad this is going strong because I only managed to do 17 drawings, and I want to get back to this. There have been so many artists who have drawn pictures of me and I want to return the favor. I hope to have some new drawings to share soon.
Thanks for sticking with me! I’ll be making some updates to the blog pages and generally trying to make things more interesting. But for now, I have some drawing to do.
Oh how I’ve been missing drawing! After starting a new job and succombing to some nasty and persisent sinus funk, I’ve not been able to get much drawing done for the last month –or even this month. The sketching I’ve managed hasn’t been worth sharing.
I did manage to do this sketch in March. It’s from a picture I took of myself in December. Even though it’s a bit rough in places, I like the expression I captured. And yes, my teeth are that crooked. Oh I wish I felt this bright and happy!
But this too shall pass. I’ll feel better. I’ll be drawing again. And then I will be happy.