Sunday, February 27, 2011

Hot Diggety Dawg!

What could be better than hot dogs and beer? Hot dogs with creative toppings and delicious micro brews at The Red Hot, one of Tacoma's famous "hipster" hotspots. 

On drinking and drawing: I've experimented with this from time to time and obviously it never goes great because alcohol impairs one's coordination. However, it lends a certain reckless abandon to a drawing which can be fun. You just have to begin the drawing before beginning to drink so that you can build up enough good drawing to carry the later goofy drawing. 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Theme & Variation

There's a new hipster coffee shop in Tacoma and it's aaamazing! It doesn't come close to Meshuggah in St. Louis, partly because it's perhaps too clean and yuppie, but they do make a scrumptious, appropriately-priced espresso drink, unlike our friend, The Non-Hipster Coffee Shop. My sister and I went there so she could read in public and I could do some on-location drawing. 

Like every drawing in my sketchbook lately, it was awesome until I ruined it by coloring it. But I can't help it! I love the colors too much! Luckily I had scanned the line drawing because I had a feeling I might ruin it. This allowed me to go back and recolor it digitally, and be smarter about value and limiting/uniting the palette. 

This is a drawing I did at The Non-Hipster Coffee Shop back in November. We went so my sister could work on her NaNoWriMo and I could so some on-location drawing. This one also became unsatisfactory once colored, but I did a little better with the values. 

The idea of the Hipster/Non-Hipster Coffee Shop dichotomy is quoted from my teacher John Hendrix, who also taught me to draw on location. Look, John! I learned something! But I'm still learning.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Lady Times!

I recently had the opportunity to illustrate and design (yes! even graphically design!) a promotional poster for the Claremont School of Theology Arts Council's 2011 production of The Vagina Monologues. 
The images I decided to draw are my brainstorm on femininity—things women use every day, things associated with women, images of women of various races and ages, women's work, women in art(s), milestones in women's lives. And for fun, the color palette is derived from lipstick shades! 

If you're in southern California, try to make it to one of the performances! My friend Ruth has been hard at work on the production, so it should prove thought-provoking, celebratory, etc., and proceeds go to two wonderful charities.