Sunday, February 5, 2012

Carpe Diem



A sunny day, a sandwich, a sketchbook, and a stool. Carpe diem! Time to head out in search of a sketch.
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....later....

Tom, since you asked, we went hiking and then did some shape-note singing. I sketched my friend Alan with a Stabilo 8008 graphite pencil.
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8 comments:

Tom Hart said...

Good one! Can't wait to see what you come up with - both of you!

Greg Newbold said...

What's powering that wagon? Did you Photoshop out the goat ropes?

James Gurney said...

Greg, if you really want to know, we were sitting still. The speed blur in the background was shopped.

Kelly Toon said...

Oooh, I love Shape Note/ Sacred Harp singings. Was this your first time? I get to do it once a month, at a baptist church about a block from my house. Might have to miss this month, sadly :( It's always an uplifting and very enjoyable experience. It reminds me of my community and humanity.

Tom Hart said...

Thanks for sharing that sketch James! That color scheme (black and the orange-ish shade)always brings back nice memories of the "old" two color printing process. I associate that with happy, younger days...Plus the simplicity alone is pleasing.

Malleus said...

And what is so special about the pencil you used?

James Gurney said...

Malleus, I should have explained. That kind of pencil is water soluble, so it can be used to make a smooth wash with a little water from a water brush. Then it can make rich, dark blacks. The paper is watercolor paper.

Malleus said...

Thanks. Now I have a good reason to get one and try it out.