No Man Is An Island

A sonnet by John Donne.
 No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent,    a part of the main;  if a clod be washed away by the Sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as any manor of thy friends or of thine own were;  any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for    whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.,  said.(John Donne, 1624),  said.


Newer entries in Art

I'm working in this big sketchbook I started 5 years ago. I tend to jump from sketchbook to sketchbook and I have several unfinished ones. This one is big and therefore perfect as a studio sketchbook.

As I looked at the first few pages, I thought I could see a distinct improvement over the past five years. So I decided to redo one of the drawings, a Jan Steen Study, drawing it as I would now, to compare it with what I did back then.

I've been trying to kind of "design" the outline so that it is extra thick, adding black that gives punch to the image, so I don't have to use blacks inside the shapes to suggest shade. The goal being trying to make it easier on the eye. In the 2012 image, you can see I was trying to smooth the outside of the outlines. I now think that was a mistake. The lines are thick and bold, but they have a relation to the inside of the outlines. I wonder how far I could go with making these outlines thicker.

I thought I'd post this, more as a note to self. It is encouraging to see progress in one's art.

Some more art. These were originally sketches in a sketchbook, which I traced, inked and colored into these finished pieces.

A tylically Dutch windmill:

Some finished drawings based off warm-up sketches. I just love Mike Mignola's art and keep being inspired by it.

Older entries in Art

A sonnet by Percy Bysshe Shelley

A sonnet by Thomas Wyatt

Some figurative work done in pen and ink.