Sergio Lopez - North SF Bay Area Fine Artist

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Ballpoint Pen - A Humble Medium

This round of drawings started with me forgetting 90% of my tools at home. Oops!

I tried to make do with what I had, but it was getting really annoying having only a blunt pastel tool, charcoal powder, an eraser pencil, and a blending stump. You just can't do much with it.


I went out to my car and dug around for anything else...

 I found a Verithin pencil....
 ...and a ballpoint pen.

 It'd been a really long time since I'd used a pen for life drawing. It's a good exercise to try to not have an eraser to fall back on. Being as direct as you can will make you quicker.

This one was actually a Pilot Fineliner. It's cool but not quite as smooth as a ballpoint pen.


Here are a few more 20-minute drawings.



People seem to enjoy the novelty of a ballpoint pen more than the look of it, but it's definitely one of my favorite drawing tools. Not as much as charcoal(nor as permanent, unfortunately) but worth trying if you are in some sort of rut.

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Sunday, January 08, 2012

Randy Sexton Workshop - Weekend Warrior

This weekend I took advantage of my prize for taking top honors at the 2011 Valona Paintout this year. What was that prize you say? Why, it was a workshop with the extremely fine painter Randy Sexton. It was a lot of fun. Although I didn't need as much instruction as the rest of the class, I really enjoyed the practice time that I got in. I did as many clunkers as those halfway worth showing, as is expected with doing these quick studies. I've been familiar with doing quick studies ever since I took a class with Craig Nelson back in the day, so I think I was ahead of the pack. The other students definitely improved by the end of the class, which is saying something about Randy's teaching skills. (By the way, super super nice guy)

We started with 25-minute studies in the beginning of day one. We then moved on to 1.5 hr studies in   the afternoon.

This is one of the 25-er's that survived:


I did this one in the afternoon in about 1.5 hours.


Day two began with a 25 minute study, then I did this one in about 2.5 hours. This one came out pretty successful. The likeness was decent, and I had a pretty good variety in paint thickness.


This one was about 2 hours long. It was a fun exercise in dramatic lighting. Not quite as solid of a finish as the other one (matter of fact, it's quite unfinished) but I am planning on taking it to a finish cuz ya know what why not?


Here are some shots of what Randy did over the weekend. He spent most of the time helping the students so there's nothing here that's too mind-blowing but he does have a lot of dynamite studies all throughout his studio.



He frequently offers workshops in the Bay Area and other areas throughout the country (and in Europe sometimes, I think.) If he's good enough to teach Pixar employees, you can probably learn something from him.

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