Friday, July 18, 2008

Before the Weekend

I wanted to get a post in before the weekend so here we go!

Below is a quick sketch I did this morning before work. It's watercolor, pencil, and ink on 70lb paper. You'll have to forgive any flaws you see. I wanted to try something a bit more comic book like. There's something attractive to me about the bold lines and shading. I'm much happier with this method of sketching. The watercolors seem to keep me loose and are faster than the many pencil strokes for a regular sketch.

The other night I watched 'North by Northwest' starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, and James Mason. (Grant and Mason are two of my favorites!) I had never seen it before and now I know why it's a classic. A really great movie! I guess I had beautiful spies on my mind so that must be where this sketch came from. Anyway, see the movie!

Next week I hope to share some cool stuff with you. I've been working steadily on finalizing my portfolio and website before the fall SCBWI conference, and between that and work, there hasn't been much time for blogging.


Julia Denos said...

this is stunning anthony, she is beautiful!

Jennifer said...

Love your style. Excellent!

Amy Sullivan said...

She is beautiful! I like your use of the watercolor.Very 50's.
She reminds me of someone, I can't think who. Very nice . Amy

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Thanks Julia! I didn't have much time to look at it before I posted so I'm glad you like it

Thanks Jennifer! Your artwork is amazing!

Thanks Amy! Hopefully she doesn't remind you of me :)

for the record: someone very near and dear to me made the suggestion this weekend that this was me as a woman. I did not intend that! (laughing) I think if I had left off the glasses it might not look that way... personally I think there's a million differences but oh well :)

Tanja said...

Ah, well -- don't forget that scholars have argued for decades that da Vinci's Mona Lisa painting is a "self-portrait". ;)

It's still a nice sketch.

Eric Orchard said...

Amazing piece Anthony! I laughed and laughed about it being you in drag, I think we often put ourselves in our pictures. Have you checked out yet? Your work would look awesome on a tor book cover...I'm
updating my portfolio for that reason.

Anonymous said...

I can see their point hehe! I think artists tend to draw their own faces quite often without realising what they're doing don't you? ;)

AWells said...

hehehe- I think I can see a resemblance! But thats a good thing- the woman is very beautiful! lol

Excellent as always and I'm excited to see you working in traditional media. I just can't decide what I love more! You seem to have a mastery of both!

Anthony VanArsdale said...

This has been so funny!

Thanks Tanja! I think having the drawing next to that silly picture of me didn't help :)

Hey Eric, thanks! I checked out There's awesome artwork on there and some of the artists I had seen before. I had no idea existed until I saw it on your blog. I was thinking of starting another portfolio separate from the one I'm working on now... I'm going to email you in a bit

Hi Jess! isn't this silly... I think it has a lot to do with the glasses... I'm growing a beard now :)

Thank you so much Aja! I had seen some comic book artists color black and white drawings in the computer and get some really rich effects... I might experiment with that if it works and it's fast

Amy Sullivan said...

Oh Anthony, this is just too funny! Look at my post, "she reminds me of someone...."
I really don't think I was thinking of you , but your manliness is quite safe, especially since you can laugh at this.Tooo Cute !!!
Looking forward to seeing your progress on growing a beard. : )
oh & thanks for popping by my bloggy as often as you do, it means alot to me.

Amy Sullivan said...

Oh and stubborn Irish, I can relate. I am 1st. generation, my Dad's side. He was the only one who came to America.Amy

Kelly Light said...

Anthony- I have nominated you a web log award that is making the rounds- if anyone's art should get more eyes on it -it's yours -Kelly(go to my blog to receive it)

Phyllis Harris said...

Hey Anthony...don't take it personally. I always see a resemblance in artist's work and themselves, even in the animal characters at times. I think we draw our own characteristics without even realizing it.

AWells said...

*poke poke* I also nominated you for a blog award- Consider it a double! Your work is incredible- come to my site to accept it :)

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Thanks for stopping back by Amy! This has been very funny :)

Thank you so much Kelly for featuring me on your blog! I've been pulled away so much it's been difficult to keep up with everything

Hi Phyllis! I agree... especially if one can't afford models... haha! But I still think it's the glasses :)

And many thanks to you Aja for the mention on your blog! I'll make it over as soon as I get a chance :)