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″

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″

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

November 13, 2016

Sunscreen

Filed under: DRAWINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 10:49 pm

A practice sketch from the archives, 1990.

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sunscreen

Color pencil or color paper,

November 7, 2016

Chuck

Filed under: DRAWINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 10:43 am

My first-ever nephew had a birthday recently so I decided to share this pencil sketch from way back in 1998.

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Chuck

Pencil on Bristol board, 9″ x 9″

October 30, 2016

The Flamingo Girl

Filed under: DRAWINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 6:47 pm

On a trip to Disneyland, in the “Alice and Wonderland” section, there were a couple of entertainers who were walking around on stilts made to look like they were riding on giant flamingos. I took a few photos and, years later, decided to create a drawing from them.

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flamingo-girl

Water soluble pencil and wash on paper, 18″ x 24″

October 2, 2016

Teen Boy

Filed under: DRAWINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 3:00 pm

Archives: Another sketch for exercise purposes.

Teen Boy

Pencil on paper, 10″ x 14″

September 18, 2016

A Girl With Blue Eyes (or are they green?)

Filed under: DRAWINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 4:01 pm

These are exercise drawings I did several years ago. I was just practicing.

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Girl With Blue Eyes 2

Color pencil on paper, 14″ x 18″

I rarely (almost never) draw the same subject twice but I decided to draw this again using a more free style with chalk pastels. I never quite finished.

Girl With Blue Eyes 1

Chalk pastels on paper, 14: x 18″

September 4, 2016

Knowing Frida

Filed under: PAINTINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 7:10 pm

This is my tribute to Frida, of the phenomenal Swedish pop group, Abba. It’s from the video for “Knowing Me, Knowing You,” which is on their Arrival album.

Knowing Frida

Watercolor pencils and wash on watercolor paper, 10″ x 14″

August 28, 2016

Giraffe Rider

Filed under: DRAWINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 2:54 pm

Archives: 1970? This is a sketch of my daughter as a toddler. I did not like the drawing because it didn’t capture her as I wished. I stored it away. About three years later when her little brother was about that age the drawing looked more like him than it did her.

Giraffe with Wheels

Pencil on Bristol board, 9″ x 12″