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Modeling debut

Now that I’m back in Austin, I started going back to AVAA for Life Drawing. It’s scary how lack of practice affects you. I haven’t posted any of the latest drawings to The MKX® Photo Central in a while, but I will and you will see what I mean. But that’s a different topic.

Last week the model scheduled was running late, so the coordinator asked for volunteers to pose. The idea is that different people would pose for twenty minutes at a time. I went first.

One of the resulting pieces of art were especially impressive, even more so considering it was made in only twenty minutes! Here is my portrait by local artist Melissa Grimes. Feast your eyes:

“He’s a loathsome offensive brute, yet I can’t look away”

Water damage

Today, right before I headed out to my weekly life drawing studio, I opened the trunk of my car in order to throw some stuff in it. That’s when I realized that I had left a cooler full of (now melted) ice in there, together with my sketchpads containing about two years worth of drawings. The cooler fell to its side and everything got soaked. Unlike my digital files, I don’t have hourly + offsite backups of my hand drawings.

I quickly drove home, in order to examine how bad the damage was and to try to rescue as much as possible. I laid most of the drawings flat for them to dry out. Turns out I got lucky: the sketch pad that got most of the water got soaked on the back, where there’s a hard cardboard cover and about 30 blank sheets of paper between the water and the drawings.

Here’s a photo of my floor right now:

Wet drawings

I do take digital photos of the drawings. They are fully backed up and available for your pleasure in The MKX® Photo Central, if you care.

Life Drawing at AVAA

I took these two cellphone photos at AVAA‘s Life Drawing session last Sunday during one of the breaks.

It’s cool to see the different drawings/paintings by different artists using different techniques, all of them from slightly different angles. It’s also impressive: everyone is very, very talented (and better than me).

All of the artwork is unfinished, shown after only 30 minutes or so of work. Click to enlarge and try to guess which one is mine.


So here I am, drawing a portrait of Aarón Kirsch (a.k.a. dad). I’m using photos as reference. I thought it’d be fun to draw (chubby face and really hard hair). I’m almost done sketching with a pencil, so I step back to take a look and to my surprise, it looks just like my brother Moi.

Holy shit. That’s scary.
I’ll keep working at it though. If it comes up ok I will upload a scan. If not, I will pretend it never happened. In the meantime, I uploaded some more sketches from the Life Drawing Programs workshops at AVAA that I’ve made to the Monos section of The MKX® Photo Central.