Hi guys, I thought I should keep the blog rolling with a brief update on my do-nothing life. I’ve mentioned my leg problem and associated fatigue and my fight against indifference towards doing much of anything.
I’d linked these two things together in my mind, but I’m beginning to wonder. My leg is no longer the diameter of a telephone pole and my knee is now improving, thanks to physio treatments and time. But my constant feelings of fatigue, sour stomach and a desire to sleep all the time remain and I don’t think it is related to the sorry state of daytime TV.
The fact that I can walk around the house without pain is good but it’s this other problem that is the most sinister. Now that I’m convinced that these problems aren’t because of my leg, maybe the health care system can help me figure out what’s really going on.
Anyways, I haven’t been doing much sketching. I try, I really do. It’s just that my attention span between naps is short. Here’s a typical page from a Stillman & Birn Alpha 9×6 that I’ve been working in though. I chose this one because it represents the sorts of things I’ve been doing.
Not your typical urban sketches, for sure. I don’t think I’ve done a sketch in the last few weeks that has taken more than a few minutes. The one on the right represents a series of experiments I’ve been doing with gouache. Specifically, I’ve been drawing heads and people directly with gouache (from internet photos) and then adding some ink on top. I find this a fun way to draw people but I have no idea how I could operationalize it on the street. The gouache dries quickly but people move too much to allow even gouache to dry before I add the ink.
The cow is, well, just a cow. I saw a picture of a hyper-realistic painting of this cow and I was struck by the asymmetry of its ears. I assume it reflects how the cow had its ears rotated when its image was captured but to me it was humorous so I quickly drew it.
Hopefully I can bounce back from whatever ails me and that it happens soon. I hope all of you are enjoying Inktober. I’m enjoying all the sketches being posted.
I hope you bounce back soon too, Larry. Take care.
Just a bump in the road. Kinda frustrating but so many have it much worse than I do. — Larry