Thursday, May 7, 2015

AZ Press Club Award Winner- Officer Friendly

D7. Statewide illustration, drawn

First Place 
Phoenix New Times: “Officer Friendly”
Illustrator: Graham Smith

Art Director: Peter M. Storch  

“What sets this illustration apart is its impact. The use of red makes this very powerful and plays directly to the most extreme possible perception of police officers readers can have, which is the perception the story explores. It is timely and powerful.”

Friday, April 17, 2015

Sketchbook Sessions - Cosplay drawings

Every other Wednesday night, Eddie Holly and I organize Drawsome! Sketchbook Sessions - a group of talented artists from San Diego that get together to socialize and draw. We hire a model, listen to music, eat donuts, and draw in our sketchbooks. 

Here are a few drawing from this week:

Here is a link to our group on Facebook:  Drawsome! Sketchbook Sessions. You can see photos of our sessions, member's artwork, and get invitations to our events if you join.

Check out the Model's Website, Christa is a super talented photographer. Wow!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Old Man's Story - Drawn from Life

Crazy Nekkid Grandpa from Graham Smith on Vimeo.

Art model, Van worked himself into character, building up, then channeling all his energy into each pose, creating visceral emotion through physicality. And he named each pose as they progressed, "Nekkid Grandpa, Alone in the Dark, Tortured, Feral Man, Cabaret..." 

He tied a strap around the stage and pulled against it with all his strength, that same strap was tied around his hands for his "Tortured" pose, and he cantilevered his balance against a stick, which became a prop in other poses.

Later, looking over the drawings, I began to make sense of the story from the names of his poses, and made this short video.

Crazy Nekkid Grandpa sure can tell a good story! And as for judging books with old covers: look closely or you might miss classics like Ernest Hemingway's "Old Man and the Sea", or Herman Melville's, "Moby Dick".
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