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Discussion in 'Tilted Art, Photography, Music & Literature' started by kramus, Sep 30, 2015.

  1. kramus

    kramus Moral Fiber = Regular Fellow Donor

    I see I don't have a sketch/ doodle corral. Hence this new thread that will get populated with this and that - some old, some new. Even the most reticent and reclusive artists want to share their work. Being a bit of a meat-space recluse I count myself amongst folk like that.

    A visual artist's basic visual language is strengthened through observation and practice. It is nice to have innate talent and imagination. Creativity helps too. But if I plan to elevate my game I'll need to spend time filling pages in my sketchbooks. If I don't develop a basic skill set in putting marks on paper then I'm doing a poor job of being an artist.

    These sketches and drawings are from many sources. It is both a pleasure and an exercise to draw a tree, sketch the family dog on the front porch or clarify my inner vision through a process of laying pen and pencil down on paper. Marks on paper convey information – continuous drawing eventually moves beyond simple information and begins the process of inquiry. That process is what I am engaged in with this work. On a less serious note, it's fun to play around. Whimsy, don't you know.

    Let's get on with it.

    Deep Dancers
    8.5" x 11" black hardcover sketchbook

    The Tree Dancer
    Pencil, pen, graphite powder
    8.5" x 11" black hardcover sketchbook
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2015
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  2. CinnamonGirl

    CinnamonGirl Rounding third and heading for home Donor

    I always enjoy seeing your artwork, kramus.
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  3. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & don't criticize.

    Large City, TX

    Plus one.

    I can't even draw a semi-decent stick figure.
  4. redravin

    redravin Cynical Optimist Donor

    Add myself to the list of those who enjoy your work very much but can't draw worth a darn.
  5. ralphie250

    ralphie250 Fully Erect Donor

    me too
  6. kramus

    kramus Moral Fiber = Regular Fellow Donor

    Thanks for taking the time to look and comment, folks :) We have our knacks. I couldn't begin to find my way around a transmission @ralphie250 !

    I draw trees rather regularly. Anyone who has seen much of my posted work here at TFP could figure that out from looking at my Tree Dancers. Here are a few sketches I've done of trees in the last few years - different sizes, different methods, one done in the comfort of my parents old cottage while looking through a window, another sitting in a courtyard in a lovely home in Bordeaux, yet another couple while at different campsites here in Ontario.

    tree in bordeaux 800 size.jpg trees awenda 800 size.jpg window view 800 size.jpg tamarack trees 800 size.jpg
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  7. CinnamonGirl

    CinnamonGirl Rounding third and heading for home Donor

    ha! So, I saw the first sketch before I read the description, and I spent a good minute trying to find the Tree Dancer. Then I read, and felt silly. :)

    Third one is my favorite. Love, love.
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  8. kramus

    kramus Moral Fiber = Regular Fellow Donor

    Concept drawing has a very important place in a sketchbook. Blocking out ideas and playing with layout is part of the concept. So is learning how to represent things (for instance water, depth, clouds, sky) in a well executed or interesting way to support the drawing.
    A lot of my work is mental. A concept drawing that carries me along tells me a sustained drawing of possibly a couple of hundred hours can support my thinking about it for that long. It's a bad thing if you are going along and you lose focus. I wind up with inferior work, or I simply abandon it - possibly forever.

    8.5" x 11" and 10" x 10" sketches of a concept I may try to really follow for a while.


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  9. kramus

    kramus Moral Fiber = Regular Fellow Donor

    Some thought being put into a Whale Dance piece(s). My current 8.5" X 11" black hardcover sketchbook.




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  10. kramus

    kramus Moral Fiber = Regular Fellow Donor

    In part thinking of Whale Dance. In part pure pleasure in drawing from a lovely reference. In part "clearing my palate" after too much time in proximity w an aesthetic challenge of a PSW who is part of the team helping out w my parents.



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    Last edited: Oct 26, 2015
  11. kramus

    kramus Moral Fiber = Regular Fellow Donor

    Many a time there are sketches that seem like they have some hidden potency. By that I mean there is a sense that if I look around just the right corner, or pick up the proper piece, something special will say "Check this out!" I have that impression when it comes to this trio of sketches. And, I haven't gotten back to them. Funny how that happens.

    colour dancer 1 800 size.jpg colour dancer 2 800 size.jpg colour dancer 3 800 size.jpg
  12. kramus

    kramus Moral Fiber = Regular Fellow Donor

    A Whale Dance concept sketch from today - 8" x 10" black sketchbook

    whale dance concept May 2015 800.jpg
  13. kramus

    kramus Moral Fiber = Regular Fellow Donor

    Variation on a theme. Being a sketch, I can work on what I want or ignore it.

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