Friday, June 28, 2013

Sophia on Brown Paper

Sophia: Graham Smith
I've been having a great time drawing on brown paper bags from the grocery store. The paper is "free" and turning them into little artworks, is my contribution to the recycling effort. To prepare the surface, I gesso the center roughly, leaving a bit of a border surrounding the page.

These are quick studies of the model Sophia, done in 20, 10, and 2 minutes each, drawn at the Life Drawing Workshop I teach at Sony. 

I use conté crayon, and or black and red colored pencils to capture the model's expressive poses quickly.

2 minute warm up drawings

- G

Thursday, June 20, 2013


Zombies invaded the art studio at Sony's Life Drawing Workshop this week, complete with fresh dripping (theatrical) blood, horrifying silicone prosthetic masks, and a chopped off leg.

We sharpened every pencil we had, and drew quickly. This drawing series was done on brown paper bags dry brushed with gesso. I used colored pencils and charcoal to create these 20 minute drawings.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Get Lucky!

Get Lucky from Graham Smith on Vimeo.

I filmed my friend, artist Eddie Holly, drawing a Daft Punk tribute in his sketchbook at Sketchbook Sessions last week, and walking around the suburbs wearing the Daft Punk helmet. Good times.

This is him, and his artwork in the video.

(1 minute video)

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Pen doodle video

Sketchbook 35 - ink sketch from Graham Smith on Vimeo.

Here's a quick pen doodle from Sketchbook 35.

I drew it with a Lamy Safari fountain pen in a small homemade sketchbook at our Wednesday night hangout, Sketchbook Sessions. I prepare the Strathmore 50 pound sketch paper by washing it with a thin mixture of acrylic paint and water, which gives it a nice textural tone, and a crisp surface to ink on.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

20 Minutes or Less: Life Drawings

Bridget Rose

I like drawing people from life the best. There is something about the short time limitation that forces me to solve graphic problems in the drawing immediately, instead of incrementally, like I would do in an assignment illustration.

Immediacy brings life and vitality to a drawing. Colored pencil and chalk over acrylic washed paper.

Bridget Rose


- G

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