Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Don Goyo

A good friend reminded me how I should do more life drawings, and how he missed seeing them. Life drawing is the best art school there is. He also reminded me of that last fact. So here we go, endeavoring to slip in some art time, at the airport, waiting for my flight, I noticed this very typical gentleman, patiently waiting to board his flight, with his wife. We'll call him Don Goyo. Puerto Rico has a very rich culture Spanish culture, mixed with all sorts of Latin American influences, and this person embodied the typical older gentleman. He could be from San Juan, the same way he could be from a small town inside the island. His mustache and his hat are typical for folks his age, but not so city as much as country. The hat style harkens to generations even before his. Even in this day and age, in my island, when older folks dress and act more modern, and Americanized, there are folks like this one that walk with the dignity and history of what was our local society 80 to 100 years ago. Folks do stick to their styles, no matter the passage of time.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Flour Sacks

I was waiting to get a haircut, and got my sketchbook out, with practice and exploration in mind. I say exploration because I started following Krishna Sadasivam's Mentor Experiment, and the second assignment included something I'd never drawn before. A flour sack. Not that it was supposed to be the point, drawing a flour sack. But it was to be used as a tool to base cartoon torsos. Great idea.
In any case, I didn't have reference, and I thought I'd start basic, indulging in a little rendering, not thinking about the exercise itself. It turns out time went fairly fast, and I had fun trying to give an imaginary flour sack a little life. I'm thoroughly enjoying Krishna's experiment in mentoring.
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