Wednesday, October 1, 2014

30 in 30 Challenge collage

http://youtu.be/UO2UozqsKEc
Click the image above to view video.

As with the end of previous 30 in 30 challenges, it is customary to post a collage of all the paintings (drawings) that you did for the challenge. The past couple of times I've posted YouTube videos of my efforts and I didn't see any reason to change that this time. So, without further ado, here is the video link. As this video does contain some nudity you will have to view it at YouTube because of their age restrictions. Rest assured that there is no pornography in the video.

140930 - Day 30b - 30 in 30 Challenge - Graphite on toned paper - Dave Casey - TheDailyPainter

140930 - Day 30b - 30 in 30 Challenge - Graphite on toned paper -  Dave Casey - TheDailyPainter.jpg
©2014 Dave Casey
12x9" - Graphite on toned paper

Well, here we are at the end of another one of Leslie's Torture Fests and I think I achieved a good portion of my goal from the start. I started this challenge with the thought that I would devote the month to working on something that I sorely needed improvement in, and that was figure drawing.

Now obviously one month isn't enough time to become a master draftsman, but I did see some marked improvement in my work. I saw that my sight drawing has become better, as long as I pay attention to landmarks and proportions. That is easier said than done. I still have problems with getting carried away with the actual drawing of the model and sometimes find that I haven't been paying as close attention as I should have. When that happens I find that the drawing has gone off the tracks and there is no hope of saving it. The only thing to do at that point is to ditch the attempt and start anew.

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I have found a new life drawing group here in Vegas that I intend to attend regularly and work on my live drawing skills. I think I need about another month or two of practice before I decide to translate these drawing skills into a painting on canvas. We'll see how that goes.

Monday, September 29, 2014

140928 - Day 28a - 30 in 30 Challenge - Graphite on newsprint - Dave Casey - TheDailyPainter

140928 - Day 28a - 30 in 30 Challenge - Graphite on newsprint -  Dave Casey - TheDailyPainter.jpg
©2014 Dave Casey
10x8" - Graphite on newsprint

We're coming down to the end here. I do have to say that I am seeing quite a bit of improvement in most of my figure drawings. I know there have been a few challenging drawings that didn't come out. Like yesterday's effort. But, today things just seemed to flow a little better.

Two more to go and then I can devote some more time to my still lifes and with the weather starting to head into the fall it is time to pull out the plein air backpack and get it ready for a few excursions.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

140928 - Day 27b - 30 in 30 Challenge - Graphite on newsprint - Dave Casey - TheDailyPainter

140928 - Day 27b - 30 in 30 Challenge - Graphite on newsprint -  Dave Casey - TheDailyPainter.jpg
©2014 Dave Casey
12x12" - Graphite on newsprint

This was just one of those days where nothing seemed to come out right. I started with a different pose altogether and it was fighting me so much I abandoned it completely. Then I went for this pose and just could not get it right. Oh well, tomorrow is another day.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

140926 - Day 25a - 30 in 30 Challenge - Graphite & Charcoal on toned paper - Dave Casey - TheDailyPainter

140926 - Day 25a - 30 in 30 Challenge - Graphite & Charcoal on toned paper -  Dave Casey - TheDailyPainter.jpg
©2014 Dave Casey
9x12" - Graphite & charcoal on toned paper

There is a saying when it comes to drawing, "Draw what you see, not what you think you see." Well, I submit that there are times when just because you see something doesn't mean you have to draw it. Just because the model is sitting in a pitch black background doesn't mean you have to draw a black background. Especially when it's a pose that's going to test your patience to the limit.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

140924 - Day 24a - 30 in 30 Challenge - White charcoal on toned paper - Dave Casey - TheDailyPainter

140924 - Day 24a - 30 in 30 Challenge - White charcoal on toned paper -  Dave Casey - TheDailyPainter.jpg
©2014 Dave Casey
12x9" - White charcoal on toned paper

Was sorting through unused art materials again and came across a pad of Strathmore Artagain drawing pad that I bought sometime in the past and I don't think I've ever even used it. So today was the day. I pulled out a couple of white charcoal pencils and went to town and I am generally quite pleased with the results.

What I found to be very interesting is what happened after I took the photo of the drawing, put it in my computer and in my graphics program I switched it to a negative image. Just to see what it would look like. It was amazing. It looked like I had drawn the picture with black graphite on white paper.

140924 - Day 23a - 30 in 30 Challenge - Graphite on toned paper - Dave Casey - TheDailyPainter

140924 - Day 23a - 30 in 30 Challenge - Graphite on toned paper -  Dave Casey - TheDailyPainter.jpg
©2014 Dave Casey
12x9" - Graphite on toned paper

Wanted to try the toned paper again today and it seemed to work out better than the first couple of times I've used it. I've also been using some different pencils that I found at Michael's. I hate to say it, but this is one of those times where you get what you pay for. These pencils were a good bargain on price, but the "lead" in them is very gritty. At times it feels like I'm drawing with sandpaper. I guess if you want good pencils you have to pay for them.

Monday, September 22, 2014

140922 - Day 22a - 30 in 30 Challenge - Charcoal on newsprint - Dave Casey - TheDailyPainter

140922 - Day 22a - 30 in 30 Challenge - Charcoal on newsprint -  Dave Casey - TheDailyPainter.jpg
©2014 Dave Casey
approx. 12x14" - Charcoal on newsprint

Here is another, and the last one from the life drawing workshop. As with the other one, this was a five minute pose and I just start slinging charcoal around and somehow it came out looking like the model. It's amazing to me when that happens.