I’ve been a bad boy. I started a painting a while ago for someone of their dog, and I could never seem to get it finished. It was one of those projects where other things would pop up and delay my completion of it. Of course, that could have just been my excuse for what was really happening. I did finish it once, but it was horrible. I found myself struggling. I was struggling with time management and creative inspiration. I don’t mean that the subject was uninspiring. I, creatively, couldn’t find a vision for how I wanted to paint what was in front of me. In a lot of ways, I was afraid to sit myself in front of the easel, pick up a brush and put paint to canvas. It was as if I didn’t know how. Time seem to get me out of my slump though, and perseverance paid off. I did recently accomplish what I set out to do those many months ago. I can’t really put a finger on why I struggled, or what was blocking me. I chalk it up as all creative people go through similar events. Sometimes, the flood gates are open to allow all the creative irrigation to flow while other times, their closed to enable our bodies to refill.
This morning I worked on a portrait drawing of Jeff Bridges who, like my previous post, is nominated for an Oscar for Male Lead Actor. You can probably see a theme taking place here. I chose to draw the Oscar contenders because I really didn’t want to have to spend time thinking about what to draw but, instead spend the time drawing.
Since I have been focusing so much of my time recently on photography (pardon the pun), I haven’t had much time for drawing. I love photography. I love spending the day in a pasture or barn photographing cattle or horses but, I do miss sitting down and putting pencil to paper and creating. So, I’m trying to take a few minutes here and there just to sketch.
As you can see from my previous posts I’ve been attempting to create caricatures. I think it’s been a way of combining two forms of art that I love which is cartooning and portrait art and, for the most part, I’ve been happy with what I’ve managed to come up with. I started to work on a new caricature, this time of Oscar nominee Javier Bardem, when I decided to change it up and try to create a straight portrait drawing. This is the result.
It has been a busy Summer and Fall for me so, I haven’t had any time to work on a new caricature or my blog. Recently, I’ve been given the opportunity to follow my other passion which is photography. If you’re interested in seeing some of my work you can follow my other blog which is http://mccordimages.wordpress.com or, click on the McCord Photography link under my blogroll.
I did make time today to work on a new caricature. I decided to create one of Conan O’Brien whose new show starts November 8 on TBS. I love expressionist art so, I wanted this caricature to have that feel.