FIGURE PAINTINGS
April 13, 2008

> Acrylic Ink and Pastel on Rives BFK, 22 x 22".

Last week, I sat in Jeff Smith's drawing class again at Art Center. The class took place next to the La Brea Tar Pits. We found refuge under the shade of some trees and painted the model. As the morning wore on, a litany of school buses unloaded a hoard of children upon the park. The kids started rolling down the hill behind us, head over heels, colliding with each other, close to disaster, squealing like piglets.



The model had great form to his face -- I started the painting at his mouth and worked my way out. Luckily, I was able to fit his hands into the picture.


> Acrylic Ink and Pastel on Rives BFK, 15 x 22".

This was drawing was from 3 weeks ago -- again, from Jeff Smith's class. We drew in a tattoo studio.



Though the models face was in shadow, there were some interesting colors materializing in the penumbra. I particularly liked how the reclining pose turned out, how you can feel the pressure of her body against the chair.

In other news, my friend, Esao, has been put in a very unfortunate situation by Paypal. It's infuriating, and an indication of how screwed up our society is, not to mention the awful treatment and injustice perpetrated by Paypal, a "service" provider.

A bit last minute, but I will be at the New York Comicon this weekend, signing from 1-2pm at the DC/Vertigo Booth on Sunday. Right after, I'll also be signing at the Totally Nerdcore booth from 2 - 3pm. See you there!