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Ben's Sketchbook (with comics!)

Posted: Mon Feb 26, 2007 10:34 am
by househatke
aaron and Rad have inspired me to post some of my own figurative work from this past summer and fall. Working from the figure and from life was a tremendous help to me. There's no substitute for drawing from life.

to start off, here's a more finished figure in oils:

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these are mostly from evening figure drawing sessions:

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This one is actually our neighbor, Guiseppe, mixing a batch of concrete.

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This is a preperatory sketch for a painting of St. Zita that I never got around to. It would have been a fun piece because St. Z. is known for breadmaking...

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and here is a very recent quick sketch of my wife.

thanks for looking. I've been meaning to scan/photo these for a long time.

Posted: Mon Feb 26, 2007 11:07 am
by Swizec
You ... you draw too well

When the hell is Zita updating, I want more Zita!

Posted: Mon Feb 26, 2007 3:59 pm
by Muffin
oh wow, - i love that oil painting. And the two drawings of your wife. And the rest.

Posted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 8:43 am
by househatke
Swizec wrote:When the hell is Zita updating, I want more Zita!
I'm working hard on that. I promise!!

Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 2:49 pm
by mr cow
these are wonderful, ben. that first oil paint is fantastic. i like the portraits of your wide too.

what a great benefit that must have been! i'm really wishing i could find a decent class here in in tampa. my figure drawing skills have flown out a 32 story window and made their way to the antarctic or something. it's definitely something you have to keep up with.

Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 8:46 am
by househatke
Thanks Mike. Yeah, it was a fantastic experience and so very helpful. Unfortunately, I can't find anything like it around my area either, so we're in the same boat.

I used to be naive enough to think that I could use my family for this kind of thing. But kids... they NEVER sit still. I occasionally get to sketch them while they're asleep. I also tried to do a portrait of Anna over the summer and that was just a mess. Mom's can't sit still either. We would have had to find a babysitter for 2-3 hour sessions.

Anyway, I've decided to turn this into a sort of sketchbook thread that I'll update for a while. Here's some recent sketchbook action:

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Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 9:11 am
by mr cow
yay! a ben hatke sketchbook thread! this should be fun. :)

these are all really great. i don't have a favorite. what's with the little circle guys though?

Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 2:14 pm
by Muffin
i love these last ones aswell!
beautiful drawings of the women. (:

Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 6:58 pm
by ChadTHX1138
Nice! I am overwhelmed...so much to look at. Thanks for sharing.

Posted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 3:03 am
by gau dog
Very nice! Love the oil painting.

Posted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 1:05 pm
by househatke
Thanks everyone.

Mike: Those little circle guy shapes have been cropping up here and there. The Graphic Novel I'm fiddling with has me fiddling with the imagery and iconography for a wierd little alien culture.

I'm glad whem people appreciate the oil painting stuff. I worked hard on that over the summer and since I haven't been painting for a few months I was starting to get discouraged. But this month I'll be starting on a new picture! Here's the basic concept:

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And here's a sad, sad little boy:

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Posted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 1:08 pm
by Hyptosis
Gorgeous work man. As expected. =]

Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 7:08 am
by Sebastian Agresti
Im jalous

Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 7:52 am
by Og
I knew when you went to Europe that you were going to get a first-class result for your art. It's nice to see the results here. It really shows.

Love seeing this stuff.

Also hungry for more Zita... any plans?

Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 8:33 am
by househatke
Thanks Steve! I still have a long way to go... By the way, though, i stopped by your website and read your "Waves" story. I really enjoyed it. You put your finger on the way I'm sometimes tempted to think.

And there will be more Zita! Very soon too. I've gotten a good start on a long Zita story that I'll be posting online. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks. It's so cool that people still want to see the Zita comics.