8 Drawings From My New Sketchbook

14 January 2015

I've managed to draw nearly every day in the new sketchbook, since the first week of January (all in graphite.)

The drawings come naturally, I don't start out with any plan, I just hoved the pencil over the page, and let the lines start, organically. I began the book with a quick study of a glass, and then faeries started to show up...

emerging from the water...

more pics after the cut ... (FYI: one is a nude, so it may be NSFW)

France's National Unity March (Marche Republicaine) du 11 January: JE SUIS CHARLIE

12 January 2015

4 million people marched across France today.
 70,000 marched in my city, Clermont-Ferrand.
This national event was the largest public anti-terrorist march in history.

The streets were a flood of people, all in support for freedom of the press, memorializing the victims of the Charlie Hebdo magazine (2 of the victims were from Clermont-Ferrand, working in Paris,) and making a peaceful, yet powerful, stand against terrorism.

 My sign reads: "Liberty. I am Charlie" ("je suis Charlie" is the popular motto in solidarity
 with the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack, and pro-freedom of the press)

Not only as a supporter of freedom for the press and a voice against religious tyranny, but also as a fellow artist, I felt it was really important to take part in this march.

The trams were overstuffed with people, so I had to walk to the center of town, were it began, and continued for 2 hours, to the half-way point of the march. I had hoped to make it to the end, but my muscles and joints were giving out, sunset was nearing, and I still had a long, cold walk to get home. I'm glad I went though, and stayed as long as I could... it was worth every ache and blistered toe!

Some more pictures from the march .....

The last of 2014, the first of 2015

02 January 2015

The end of the sketchbook has come, just at the threshold of the new year. The last drawing was started on 29 December 2014, and finished on 2 January 2015...

"An Ending, A Beginning"
graphite and contemplation on paper

More pics after the cut . . .