I just finished an eight-week figure drawing class at the Beverley Street Studio School in Staunton, VA. The instructor was noted local artist (and JMU alum) Jeffrey Stockberger. I hadn't taken a "drawing from the live model" class since 1975, so I was a bit nervous at first. Jeff's teaching technique was great, though, and he quickly put me at ease. I usually wouldn't get the best input until the following class, though, when he would say, "I was thinking about your last drawing from the class last week and I think maybe you should..." and of course he was spot-on. Each studio session was two hours, enough to do a few quick gesture drawings with vine charcoal on newsprint to loosen up, then a few blind contour drawings of about five minutes each, and then a settled drawing - one pose in fifteen minute sessions to finish out the class. Here is the last one of those I did with the model Joy just sitting at ease. It is not as finished as some others done previously because, I guess since this was the last class, we all spent more time talking than drawing.
I am about to sign up for a winter Still Life Painting course with Jeff at BSSS starting in late January. I like the way he does indirect painting with oils, and hope to learn this new (for me) technique. Again, the last time I ever did serious oil painting was in the 1970s. All this very linear, tight, water media stuff I tend to do is fine, but I need to stretch a bit. I may be 59 with some professional sales, but there is A LOT still to learn.
This is for an Ed Gorman story called "Flying Solo" that will appear in an upcoming anthology "Turn Down the Lights" from CD Publications. Trade edition in 2013; artist and lettered editions sometime in 2014.
I just signed the contract on a new short story sale to CD Publications. The story is called "The Blue Cat" and will appear in the SHIVERS VIII anthology, scheduled for publication in Autumn 2014.
This is a two-page spread for an upcoming Cemetery Dance magazine, describing a very very short story by Jack Ketchum called, "Gorilla In My Room." Here is the verso page. Buy the magazine and you get to see the facing page, plus the story!