My friend and I met at SOMArts to spend the afternoon drawing. My energy was not high, but there is one drawing I like.
Completed a sketch and then used watercolor. It turned out more saturated than I wished, but all in all I am satisfied.
Today we had four different models and I was especially enamored with both female models, one who had an incredible body and skin, while the other was overweight. I've said many times before, but I really love drawing large women. It makes me very conscious of the effects of gravity.
I jumped out of bed tonight, grabbed a sketchbook and pencil, and drew my hand. This impulsiveness sometimes overcomes me–the intense desire to do something creative.
I woke up especially early today and worked on an exercise in Eric Maisel's book Fearless Creating entitled "Wild Faces". He suggests drawing your wild faces and naming them. He then asks, "How does wildness manifest itself in your life?"
Craving for Drama - I have drama for tortured and suffering, while manifesting this trait as rebelliousness.
OCD - I created 50 rows of 50 pinpricks on top of this drawing while counting each one. During my creative process, I have problems letting go of perfectionism, which can sometimes interfere with experimentation and discovering side projects. Conversely, I sometimes use this trait when the art piece involves repetitive actions or multiple objects.
Anger and Rage - I created this drawing by roughly scraping paint straight from the tube. I then crumbled it up and used the drawing as a stress ball.
Sheer Energy - Late at night, as I settle down to sleep, I will suddenly get a vivid creative vision that I then must sketch or make notes. Although I cherish the trait of imagination and creative energy, it can feel like getting caught in a whirlwind. In my studio, I will sometimes experience this as a tornado of spinning energy, thus the tangled and spiraling thread on the drawing.
The model tonight was Inky and I always love drawing her, especially on her short poses which tend to be more dynamic.
It's been a few months since I've attended the SFAI free drawing group. Tonight the model was Janet who I always love to draw.
It was exciting to get back into the studio and draw. Although the session left me exhausted, I am pleased with a couple of the drawings. The model was Karen again.
I made a card for my Aunt Bonnie. This shows the progression, but I may have overdone the green shadowing. I also enclosed a small mixed media piece made from hand painted wallpaper that has been buried and retrieved.
Last night I started a hand drawing with the model Inky, but didn't get very far. Today, I used my own hand to work on the drawing further. I don't care for the results, but it was an interesting challenge.
Today I challenged myself by grabbing some colored pencils and pastels that I don't like. I drew my foot and it was really enjoyable.
I decide to get into my studio today and start a diptych painting that I've contemplated for several years.
1) I start by preparing my panels using many layers of gesso and power sanding.
2) At the same time I play with some sketches and studies. At first I like using a black background, but since have thought of keeping it white. I'm still vacillating on this. I need to decide this soon, for I want to paint them upside down so that the drips run OVER the background.
3) I scan the photo reference and then remove the black background with Photoshop.
4) Then I resize the finished scans and print them out.
5) Then I lay them out on my panels to get a feel for the placement.
6) Next I cut out the legs and assemble them as one piece.
7) I decide to start another painting as a test. So I start with a drawing.
Tonight's model was Inky, who I've drawn in the past. Her poses are always dynamic and energetic. I really do not like the first drawing because of the uncomfortable frustration I experienced.
Today the sun was coming into my apartment so beautifully and so I grabbed some pencils, pastels, and an oilbar. I drew my own hand and I'm fairly happy with the results.
I decided to tackle this drawing that I previous drew to see if I could integrate the top and bottom. I'm not sure if I improved it or not. Any thoughts?
The model for this session was named Veronique. I really loved the shape of her body, but somewhat struggled to relax tonight.
Terrance Graven is a San Francisco artist whose installations incorporate sculptural elements, performance art, costumes, sound pieces, and theatrical lighting.