Saturday saw non-stop rain in Portland. I think the rain may have paused for 2 seconds, possibly 3. Jake staunchly refused to share my umbrella, until the drizzle turned torrential at points. Despite the rain, we ventured over to Utrecht to pick up some paint supplies.
Afterwards, I created the following scrawls in my sketchbook:
If, at first, I am at a public location and cannot think of something to draw, I often victimize whatever poor soul crosses my field of vision. This isn’t an exact portrait – I’m not one for intently staring at strangers – but this drawing was certainly inspired by one particular woman.
I like flowers. And skulls. Why not combine the two?
Last week I received a back ordered issue of Communication Arts magazine. This issue features the 2010 Illustration Annual. Inside there is informative commentary on the current state of publishing and illustration, and the pages are replete with artists that both inspire me and make me want to cry.
Just a few examples:
These are only a few snippets from just one publication. It all can be so overwhelming, but my task is to simply soak up a bit of the inspiration, then head to the drawing board and create works that are truly my own style.