Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Cock and Balls

This was based on a sketch I made about 15 years ago. It's okay. I might like it better hand colored.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Sunday, June 26, 2016

"Frau Mit Katze" by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Sharp nails reach out, black hairs, shiny and straight as a poker. A connection about to be made, lunge and seize. What is this relationship? Are we friends or foes? Equals or master and captive? And if the latter, which is which?

Saturday, June 25, 2016

"Flaisch Macht Flaisch" German woodcut

There once was a horndog remiss
In prudent care of his penis
The cat thought it a dish
Even tastier than fish
Now his junk is forever amiss

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Two Linocuts by Alfie

For the last two days of my 2D Mixed Media after school class at the University City Arts League I decided to let the students pick whatever medium we'd used in class that they wanted to explore more. (It was a very small class, so I could give them a lot of freedom and individual attention.) This one 4th grader, Alfie, really loves to draw from his imagination, so he decided to do a couple more black and white linocuts. I thought these were pretty wonderful, especially for having executed in under 3 hours total.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

"Katzen" by Otto Dix

It didn't take much for the moon to lure them out of the shadows. Being bred as pets, they have no place, and so feel the world is completely their own. These structures are their junglegym. The night air is their scratching post. The stars, their catnip chew toys. Listen to the caterwaul of these furry phantoms. The cries will be familiar; echoed in our own courage and cowardice.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Highlights from [Baren] Exchange #68 (Part 4 of 4)

This the last of four posts highlighting prints from  Baren Forum's #68 Exchange. The theme was "Nudes", and the paper size was 8" x 8". The first post can be found here and the second can be found here

Fourth: simple lines 
Featuring Study by Joseph Taylor (above) and 
 mons Veneris by Andrew Stone  (below.) 

In both of these prints I greatly appreciate the economy with which the artists describe parts of the human figure. Both border on the abstract, and yet convincingly capture the curved, organic contours of human bodies. 

The first describes a man's torso in stark, bold, almost uniform white lines. Black squares counterbalance the figure's weight. In the colophon Taylor describes it almost apologetically as a "quick study," but often it is the work done most swiftly and spontaneously that is also the most free and natural.

The second print describes a woman's pubic hair, labia, and thighs. There is a subtle sensitivity of line that achieves balance without perfect symmetry. Stone offers some noteworthy thoughts about this print and subject on his own blog both here and here