MARC MARON ON TV

Yes you can draw anything while watching (or in my case, more listening to) your favorite TV shows. I remember this old photo of John Lennon when he had first moved to the West Village in NYC -- it was he, playing the guitar while watching TV on his bed. Do I feel a pathetic kind of kinship with Lennon when I sketch in front of the TV? You bet I do. 

WE WERE BOTH USING COLORED PENCILS

Sometimes my daughter gets all caught up in a drawing spree, and I love when she does because it means I can draw by her side. 
I used her colored pencils and drew her over some doodles she had made. Good times.

STUDY


You don't know what to draw? Look at your pants. Or the pants of the person sitting across from you in the subway. Now emulate Michelangelo.
There never seems to be enough practice to nail those drapery folds like the Greats. But we can try. 
Paper app + Pencil by 53 on the iPad.

DRAPERY

I have been eager to use my Cachet Earthbound® sketchbook that I have owned for at least five years, but that I seem to open only rarely. I was drooling over some studies of drapery by Dürer and Da Vinci earlier today, and it gave me permission to think, for a minute, that I was capable of rendering fabric like them. This is from a picture I took of my husband's daughter's arms while she was drawing. The folds on her sweatshirt were perfect.
Pentel 2B graphite and white charcoal.

MEANWHILE...

I have not been able to draw anything since the attacks on Charlie Hebdo this past week, and my next little doodle will most likely not be related to any of it. I thought of drawing something like le Grand Duduche as a tribute to the great Cabu whom I loved, but I couldn't even go past the first strokes. 


But I am posting this. Because this short little documentary shows the spirit of Charlie Hebdo and their ability to piss off everybody in a way that no one else dared to. I was never a big fan of the newspaper -- too lefty, too vulgar, too outrageous in my opinion -- but what I remain a big fan of is the freedom they had to publish their lefty, vulgar and outrageous cartoons. 

I BOUGHT A LARGE JAPANESE MOLESKINE


I bought a large (8x5") Japanese Moleskine, thinking I could intertwine all the drawings I do, from right to left. So far, there hasn't been much contact, much less any coherence, but I had not drawn in a Moleskine in months. The paper is not what it once was but it still is a pretty darn smooth experience. I have been using my Pentel brush pen, which makes me draw even slower than usual, and my Pigma Micron 05.