April 9, 2017

Luther Rose

Filed under: DRAWINGS,Religious — Colby @ 4:40 pm

Our choir gave a Lenten concert at the Dallas Museum of Biblical Arts. The theme was “Following Jesus to the Cross.” The music also acknowledged Martin Luther and the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Christian Reformation. For the brochure I placed the Luther Rose on a wooden cross.

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Digital illustration

March 19, 2017

Scherzo Left Handed

Filed under: DRAWINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 2:44 pm

Back when I was in the ER I had to sign my name a few dozen times – left handed! I pondered on the difficulties. Writing a loop for example. To write exactly the same way requires a completely opposite effort. Pulling the pen instead of pushing it. Writing in a mirror image creates a backward character. Hmmm….

I decided to attempt a drawing using only my left hand. I had to chose something that was pretty basic and a medium that was forgiving. I used chalk and charcoal. It was fun while at the same time tedious and frustrating. The first things I noticed were my light source was over the wrong shoulder and I kept wanting to draw on the wrong half of the paper. I also was amused that my left hand got tired quickly.

My source material was a sculpture by Harriet Frishmuth (1880-1980). I first noticed her work in a lovely statue “Playdays” at the Dallas Arboretum. This is not that. This is “Scherzo.”

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Chalk and charcoal on gray charcoal paper, 12″ x 8″

March 12, 2017

Hair in Face

Filed under: DRAWINGS — Colby @ 4:16 pm

I went back and forth on this image. Couldn’t decide whether to paint or draw. I finally chose water soluble color pencils. I injured my hand and this was the first drawing since the injury. I had to stop occasionally to ice my hand.

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Water soluble color pencil on paper, 11″ x 17″

February 26, 2017

Looking At You

Filed under: DRAWINGS — Colby @ 4:25 pm

Here’s a really, really old drawing I did with a Marks-a-Lot (felt tip marker). You may have to actually get up out of your chair, and look at this from a distance to recognize it. I did it while looking through a magnifying glass. You can now easily do the same thing on a computer.

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Felt tip marker on poster board, 22″ x 28″

January 29, 2017

On the Phone

Filed under: DRAWINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 8:48 pm

Many years ago I caught my wife off guard by taking a random photo while she was minding her own business talking on the phone. I loved her smile and decided to do a drawing. I post this now because January 27 would have been our 49th anniversary.

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BeverlyOnPhone

Pencil on paper, 9″ x 11″

January 15, 2017

LaMonte

Filed under: DRAWINGS — Colby @ 4:34 pm

A home in the Garden Oaks area of Houston, Texas.

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lamonte

Pen and ink on bristol board, 11″ x 14″

January 2, 2017

8 Days 9 Flames

Filed under: DRAWINGS — Colby @ 12:55 am

My first idea for doing a Hanukkah image was to try something a little different; something I hadn’t done in many years: paint with bleach onto construction paper. It sounded intriguing to create the flames as the bleach bled into the soft paper. Then I wondered what it would look like on black mat board. After I was all set up to paint I discovered I had no bleach!

But I found a very old bleach pen. The liquid came out rather bubbly and just sat there. Not what I had hoped for. While it was drying (it took a long time) I painted the Menorah flames using acrylic on another piece of mat board (Happy Hanukkah!).

Even though I think real bleach on actual construction paper would have been more fun I think this came out nicely unusual.

8-days-9-flames

Bleach pen on black mat board, 8 ½” X 11 ½”

December 18, 2016

Advent Journey

Filed under: DRAWINGS,Religious — Colby @ 11:45 pm

I rarely repeat any art that I do. This is an exception. Last year about this time I did an Advent illustration for my church. Just to be different I did it in a mosaic/stained glass technique. I immediately decided I would do a different, more realistic version. I used it for my 2016 Christmas Card.

Click this link to see the earlier version. Las Posadas

advent

Pen and Ink, Color Pencil on paper, 10″ x 10″

December 11, 2016

Jazz Angels

Filed under: CARTOONS,DRAWINGS — Colby @ 7:32 pm

I actually thought I had posted this last Spring after the Lovers Lane Jazz Band performed at Central Lutheran Church but I couldn’t find it. Since they backed up our little choir for our Advent concert at the Dallas Museum of Biblical Arts it seemed appropriate to post it now. The concert was also a good opportunity for me to “unveil” a painting that will be on display at Central Lutheran Church. I’ll post an image of it later.

I was asked to come up with “angels playing jazz.” I did several sketches of musicians on a variety of instruments until I decided, OK, enough already. I’m, sorry if I left out your favorite instrument. I scanned the sketches into the computer and started working on the composition. With that done I did the “inking.” But something was wrong. I stared at the drawing for awhile until I realized a couple of musicians were missing. I knew I had drawn them. I couldn’t leave it as-is and searched for the missing musicians. Finally found the sketches between my desk and the wall! Back to the scanner. I had to completely redo the composition.

Jazz Angles

December 5, 2016

Christmas Parents

Filed under: DRAWINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 12:22 am

Here are a couple of Christmas drawings from the past, each celebrating the joy of becoming a new parent.

mary-joseph-jesus

Joseph and Baby Jesus: December, 2014

Mary and Baby Jesus: December, 2012