Junior Champ. Micron pens on Strathmore 500 Series Bristol Plate Surface paper. 11″x14″
This piece pays homage to Maya Ramirez, winner of the first Project Runway Junior design competition. Maya is a student at the Toledo School for the Arts, where one of my children is also enrolled. Unfortunately for Maya, I’m still experimenting with shading faces (I’m not especially thrilled with how her visage came out.) However, the model to the left is wearing one of her designs from the final episode at New York Fasion Week, and it looks reasonably pleasing to me. There are a number of other aspects of this piece I liked, so I’m calling it a keeper.
Side note: This was the first opportunity I’ve had to work with one of Strathmore’s higher-end papers. It’s impressive how much more readily the ink takes to the page; the flip side is that it’s hard to be patient enough to let it dry (there are a number of smudges that will attest to that.)
Waveriders. Gelly Roll pens on Starthmore Postcard paper, framed in clear and black laser-cut acrylic. 6″ x 8″
This is a piece I did a while ago, and it’s still a favorite. I used the Glaze series of pens from Gelly Roll to make some of the borders really pop, and I had to mix the inks on the paper before they dried to get the colors I wanted. The blending in particular was a huge hassle to get right, and filling in the large areas evenly with relatively small (and somewhat unpredictable) instruments wasn’t exactly easy, but I’m very pleased with the results.
Heart Asunder. Micron pens on Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Artist Tiles. 6″ x 6″
This piece came out of a heartbreaking incident that’s too personal to go into, but caused me a great deal of distress; hence the subject matter. I especially like some aspects that were experiments in form and coverage (such as the flowers and vines.) Though I don’t think it’s my best work, it’s generally pleasing to me. If I were to do it again or come back to it, I might tweak the droplets to give them a bit more depth, and add some details to a few of the patterns.
Floral Arrangement II. Gelly Roll pens on Strathmore 400 Series Black Artist Tiles. 6″x6″
This piece practically flew out of my pens. It was fun to experiment with the black paper, and I haven’t worked in color in quite some time; it was refreshing to do so. I like the variety of colors, and the intermingling of the Stardust and Metallic inks on the petals appeals to me as well, as it makes the flowers glimmer as the angle of reflection changes when the viewer moves. It’s unfortunately hard to capture in digital photos, but it’s very pleasing.
This is a small piece I did in my ‘thinking time’ at work. It was inspired by the holiday season, which coincided with the time I spent on it. I greatly enjoyed how it came out;the density of the presentation … Continue reading →
I worked on this piece over a weekend at my studio in Jerome, which is in a pleasant corner of the woods in the Irish Hills area of Michigan. The woodpecker is a garden-variety redheaded, whom I saw on the … Continue reading →
Heroes and Victims. Micron pens on Strathmore 300 Series Bristol paper. 12″ x 12″
This piece seemed to take forever to produce, but I think the effort was well worth it. It’s very dense with content, which I like a great deal, and the details worked out very well (though there are one or two minor errors.) It pays homage to Adel Termos, who sacrificed his life and undoubtedly saved many others by tackling a suicide bomber who was moving toward a crowd. It also honors the victims of the horrendous attack in Paris, in which 130 people were murdered by thugs from Daesh.
This was a piece I developed during my thinking time at my desk. I’m very happy with how it came out, especially considering the relative sizes of the pen (Micron 02, .25mm) and the paper (4″x4″), which made some of … Continue reading →
Blind Eye Turned. Micron pens on Strathmore 300 Series Bristol paper. 12″x12″
This was the first piece I completed after a seven-week hiatus in which I was coaching a couple of youth soccer teams. (It’s hard to find the time to do art properly when you’re working on it outside of a full-time job and running practices four nights a week.)
I’m still undecided how to feel about this one. I had some unusual technical problems with my pens, which may have to do with the change in humidity as winter comes on, and that affected the quality of the larger dark areas. There are also a few places where the work didn’t come out quite as well as it usually does. However, I’m pleased with the overall effect. The content references the horrendous suffering of the people fleeing Syria, and of the non-European areas of the world largely ignoring the problem – The U.S., for example, has taken in all of around 1,700 people so far.
Lost Lightning. Micron pens on marker paper. 8.5″x11″
I’m very pleased with how most of this came out, though I wish I’d written down the details about the make and model of the paper before I’d left the Art Supply Depo, where it was purchased as an individual sheet. It pays homage to the late great Oliver Sacks, whose brilliant analyses pushed research on the structure and function of the brain to new heights. His insights struck like lightning in the field of psychology, hence the title of this piece.