Posted 4 days ago
Those architectural watercolors you've been doing lately are killer. Can you talk a little about your process for those?
I’d be glad to! Here are some process shots of a recent drawing with descriptions of how it came together.
Once I have a spark of an idea I usually draw the whole thing out with a mechanical, blue lead pencil, followed by a loose overall wash of subtle color.
Then comes the middle phase. This is by far the longest process. This involves hours and days of slightly moderating lights and darks in very slow and seemingly random ways, while adding little bits of subtle and transparent colors. Although the drawing barely seems to change for long stretches of time, there are thousand of decisions to be made in this phase and you just have to use your best judgment as you blindly navigate towards a finished drawing.
The final stage is mostly just adding the darkest darks and the lightest lights that really make the drawing pop. Then tightening up any loose details and bits of color.
(Artists note: this final phase, as well as the very first spark of an idea are the only true satisfying moments. The middle bits can be highly tedious and aggravating. *It is often best during this phase to deaden the senses with consistent doses of marijuana and podcasts or any other audio stimulation. Otherwise, one’s mind is apt to heavily contemplate why they are sitting alone in a room for days at a time, working on a relatively meaningless task, when there are, in reality, so few precious days that we are alive on this earth. )
The final piece
*Just kidding. Stay away from drugs.
Posted 1 week ago
This is a popular story, but I was influenced in doing this by Oscar Wilde’s play Salome, which is lovely. The premise of it, for those that don’t know, is that John the Baptist is a prophet and crazy person, just kind of famously being very outside the norm and freaking people out. He’s talking shit about King Herod and gets himself arrested, but Herod doesn’t want to kill him because he’s a holy man and Herod is superstitious. Salome in the play has the hots for John the Baptist, and everybody wants Salome because she’s gorgeous, and John the Baptist is like, “You’re a sinner, fuck your whole family.” And she’s like, “I hate you, John the Baptist, I’m going to get you for this.”
Her stepfather, Herod, has the hots for her, and he’s like, “Salome, do your special dance,” and she’s like, “No, I don’t really feel like it.” And he’s like, “Please, please do your special dance. I will give you anything you want to do this dance. I will give you up to half of my kingdom to do this dance,” and she says, “I’ll do it if you give me anything I ask.” So she does this dance, and it’s a really, really sexy dance, and he’s like, “I love this dance, I’ll give you whatever you want.” And she asks for the head of John the Baptist. So, they cut off John the Baptist’s head, they bring it to her on a platter, and she takes it and says, “When you were alive you wouldn’t kiss me, and now I can do whatever I want with you,” and she bites his lips and she touches his face and talks about how beautiful he is and everyone is like wow, Salome has really lost it. And then they kill her in the end of this play. Spoiler.