Saturday, December 3, 2016

Working In Light Rain, And With Light

  • $9.50 Singing In Rain
  • Latest Sketch Almost Done
Overworked; Ruined?

I went out this past (Friday) night to play.

There was a very light rain at 10:10 PM, when I left.

When I got into the Quarter, I made a turn towards Canal Street, where David the water jug player usually hangs out.

He was in his usual spot. He asked me if I had any weed after greeting me.

I didn't have any weed, and I only had 61 cents.

In the worst case, I would spend the 61 cents on a can of cat food for Harold and go back home, should I not make a cent, I thought, as I watched the rain continue to fall very lightly.

I tuned David's guitar for him and then headed for the Lilly pad, after turning down his offer of a half pint of vodka. I had had to remind him, yet again, that I have stopped drinking "for about 11 months, now," I updated him.

As soon as I went around the corner and into the alley where "everybody" goes to smoke weed, I started to study the ground and, sure enough, found a small roach from a blunt. Then, when I got to the Quartermaster to pick up a milk crate, there was another even larger roach of some potent stuff laying right by where I usually put my bike as I am grabbing the crate.

Then, I made about $9.50 playing for about an hour and a half until the rain, which was little more than a mist, finally started to accumulate into droplets on the guitar.

I bought a can of cat food for Harold and was given a cup of coffee by Michelle, at the Quartermaster, and I rode back home through the mist.

I got home at about 1:30 AM, thinking that I had just over 46 hours to wait before my food card is charged, and worked upon completing the pencil sketch which I am going to send to my friend Jennifer and her daughter, Jasmine, as a Christmas gift. As soon as I make the money to buy the shipping materials and postage. I'll message her on Facebook, to ask where I can send "a Christmas gift."
Just have to put some kind of shirt on Jennifer...

I have a habit of overworking a drawing.

I stare at them from across the room, getting up every 5 minutes to modify them.

If I could get some fine powdered graphite and some Q-tips, I think I could shade a lot better. Who knows; when I eventually Google "pencil sketching supplies," I'm sure there will be something like that available. It would save having to press super hard with a pencil in order to super darken an area.

OK, I just went to a pencil drawing website and learned that I could be using charcoal, in addition to, or instead of, graphite, or using something called "conté." That is good news.

Also, there are things called "blending stumps," which I should have thought about making my own of. These are for spreading the graphite in order to make smoother transitions between light and dark, and are much more precise than using a finger, due to their pointed tips. There are similar tools called "tortillions." This was good news.

They also, though, had several examples of fine pencil art, as well as a video demonstrating the use of the blending stump. This was almost bad as, just when you think you have done a pretty good drawing, you see the amazing stuff that the guys who draw every day are producing, and you understand that these guys probably took whole semester courses with names like: "Drawing the human eye 201," and this could almost discourage you from sending your amateurish picture as a gift.

In looking at the above, I think if I can blur the background so it becomes more ambiguous, then it won't distract from the subjects as much. Boy, would a tortillion come in handy for that!

Does The Background Ruin Drawing By Making It Too "Busy?"

I ruined my first attempt by using a decrepit eraser, which marred things instead of erasing them.

This latest drawing (above) I had not overworked and ruined until I decided to add a background. The background is kind of a composite of the backgrounds seen among the set of photos from the particular outing that I chose to draw off of.

For the first time, I looked at more than one picture to see the subject from different angles, and in different lighting.

I had more than one picture to study, where Jennifer and Jasmine are sitting next to each other in the pose, but I took Jasmine from one, and Jennifer from a different one. It will be interesting to see if they notice such a small detail as Jennifer posing in front of a fountain, but wearing the sweatshirt that she had only put on later for their pose at the skating rink..


alex carter said...

That drawing is amazing.

I feel impelled to send you a bunch of ... art stuff ... so stay tuned for a large Priority Mail box 'o' stuff, the kind I can pretty much stuff full and ship for one not-so-low price. I'll let you know when it's been mailed, give me a couple of days.

Daniel McKenna said...

Wow, thanks, I thought the response might be "Eh.."
If I stay in tonight, I might try the Q-tip out as a "blender"
At first they had no background as if there was just bright sky behind them and it made it look like they were the only thing in the world; which is kind of the "you and me against the world" idea that a single mother is into, usually.
But now I have put them out in the elements...maybe that's a more realistic depiction of their reality; but, I don't know; I picture them hanging on to their purses with their shopping bag in between them; don't look now, but, at 12 o'clock here comes a skeezer!!

alex carter said...

I need to get one of those "Medium" priority mail boxes and just stuff it with stuff, pens, pencils, some paper, a good eraser, might as well cram in stuff from around here like zipties, because it's one price to mail it all in that box. I'll let you know when it ships.

Daniel McKenna said...

I've got some very high grade art paper that is labeled in French, about 15 sheets left, acid free -all that; of course, I found it in the trash outside some studio that was being moved out of. Pencils in just a few different gauges would be helpful, I guess, now I just a dull one to outline and shade the background, and then sharpen it to different degrees to add more fine detail.
I am a totally undeveloped artist. When I was in 3rd grade, I did a drawing, and I remember that I instinctively knew to put the light on one side and shade accordingly. The teacher suggested to my parents that I might benefit from art classes, but my (chemistry, computers or engineering) dad just kind of swept the idea under the rug. I know he was looking out for my best interests as, my biological mom and dad were art types, without a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of unless they drew one on the wall...hell, they gave me up for adoption rather than try to raise me on what they foresaw making selling caricatures in Jackson Square...
I forgot my point...oh, yeah, I think if I watch a few Youtube videos on pencil drawing, I could get a lot of mileage out of them; they would be my first formal art training...
I might even learn how to best use stuff like erasers...and will be using zipties like a pro in no time LOL
Maybe getting actual art materials would be like the kid who can play a K-Mart guitar pretty good getting his hands on a 1958 Les Paul Standard...or not...
P.S. Please send a cigarette.

alex carter said...

Meanwhile my dad was a computer programmer which apparently is a guarantee of sinking into poverty, and the guys drawing caricatures on Jackson Square are making bank.

I'm not gonna send cigarettes, and I doubt the "ducks" I could pick up for you would be any fresher than the ones you get.

A tortillion or stump can be make out of paper, it's just rolled-up paper. A small one can be made from the stick from a Q-tip.