a few new drawings.

Jackie's Rose © 2011 Jeff Thomann
Jackie’s Rose © August, 2011 Jeff Thomann

Palm © 2011 Jeff ThomannPalm © June, 2011 Jeff Thomann

Palm 2 © 2011 Jeff ThomannPalm 2 © June, 2011 Jeff Thomann

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Self Portait © 2011 Jeff Thomann

Self Portait © 2011 Jeff Thomann
Self Portait © 2011 Jeff Thomann

This was created using an old car rearview mirror so I could only see half of the face without shifting location so it was a bit of a challenge. As you can probably tell, I was focusing primarily on the lower nose/chin/neck area more than the rest of the face.

It took me 29 minutes overall, and time flew by because I was so intently focused. Getting good greyscale gradation levels with a small drawing surface like a ball point pen is challenging, especially when on a timeline like I was with this. I did complete it in under a half hour though.

I can see some improvements already in the self portrait drawing skill vs the last self portrait like this I did. I use self portraits as sort of a checkup on my skills since the human face is a good indicator of art skills on a lot of levels. Drawing faces with glasses on is always a bit of a challenge too since it changes the lighting a lot and gives areas that need new details.

I did the glasses on though because I’m working on a color pencil drawing in the mornings that has Tekla with glasses on, and I wanted to study a little in these ballpoint pen drawings how the glasses affect the light and shadow on the face so I can do better in that and future drawings with glasses. The color pencil drawings are very tricky since I’m using a lot of different colors, layering techniques, and a lot of erasing and actual burnishing techniques – actually in some areas on those I’m using real print making etching tools to do scratcherboard type techniques in limited areas since I’m using gessoed hardboard. That is definitely something I would not be able to do if I was using paper for the color pencils. The color pencils are almost like mini-oil paintings. Now it’s after 6 Am so I better start on the color pencil as the time allocated to it is before 6:30 AM, lol.

(118) 512×512 pixel seamless rock texture pics

I uploaded (118) 512 x 512 pixel seamless textures of various rocks and rock groupings to Tubosquid. These images were extracted from photos of rocks that I shot with a digital camera, and were made seamless in Gimp. They are 512 pixels wide and high so that the image size is a power of 2, a prerequisite for some 3d render engines and game engines.

Here’s a small summary image that shows what part of the bundle looks like:
seamless rock texture photos

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Mall Small #88 Drawing

Copyright Jeff Thomann, 1999
Media: Ink on Paper
Original Status: Not for Sale at this time
Print Status: Prints of this image on various items is available at http://www.cafepress.com/mallsmall88
Original Size: 3 1/2″ x 5″
Primary Themes: sketch, Drawing, Line, Head, Study, Figure, Face, Doodle, Anatomy, Sitting, composition, ink, illustration, print, prints, cartoon, 1999, art, artfolio, blogging, college, composition, doodle, Face, hobbies, ink, jeff, lines, sitting, sketch, stick, study, human, thomann, arts, shadow, shading, dark, sketchbook, portrait, mallsmall, mall small, line, hair

Mall Small #82 Drawing

Copyright Jeff Thomann, 1999
Media: Ink on Paper
Original Status: Not for Sale at this time
Print Status: Prints of this image on various items is available at http://www.cafepress.com/mallsmall82
Original Size: 3 1/2″ x 5″
Primary Themes: woman, girl, female, gesture, drawing, youth, aged, innocent, little, small, mall, sketchbook, Body, Face, neutral, pose, posing, Sitting, Portrait, Sketch, Drawing, Line, Head, Study, Figure, Face, Doodle, Anatomy, Sitting, composition, ink, illustration, print, prints, cartoon, 1999, art, artfolio, blogging, college, composition, doodle, Face, hobbies, ink, jeff, lines, sitting, sketch, stick, study, human, thomann, arts, shadow, shading, dark, sketchbook, portrait, mallsmall, mall small, line, hair

Mall Small #81 Drawing

Copyright Jeff Thomann, 1999
Media: Ink on Paper
Original Status: Not for Sale at this time
Print Status: Prints of this image on various items is available at http://www.cafepress.com/mallsmall81
Original Size: 3 1/2″ x 5″
Primary Themes: woman, girl, female, gesture, drawing, youth, aged, innocent, little, small, mall, sketchbook, Body, Face, neutral, pose, posing, Sitting, Portrait, Sketch, Drawing, Line, Head, Study, Figure, Face, Doodle, Anatomy, Sitting, composition, ink, illustration, print, prints, cartoon, 1999, art, artfolio, blogging, college, composition, doodle, Face, hobbies, ink, jeff, lines, sitting, sketch, stick, study, human, thomann, arts, shadow, shading, dark, sketchbook, portrait, mallsmall, mall small, line