Sunday, August 4, 2013

Back Again to the 18th Century

    Many of my free-time sketches have been of a historical nature - if not a colonial period sketch for Men of Bounty, than usually a medieval one.  It has been an escape of sorts to think of times gone by as I work on other things, and so it comes out in my drawings on the side.


Shannon M. Marrs said...

Hey Anthony!! You might not remember me, but I met you at the 2008 Southern Breeze conference for SCBWI in Alabama. I have always kept your name and website saved because I so admire your work! I was wondering if you were going to the conference this year. I haven't been since the one in 08 so I am so excited to be going to this one. I hope to hear from you!!

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Hi Shannon! Great to hear from you. And yes I remember you! Do you recall that first night how incredibly loud it was with everyone crowded in that one conference room? :) I'm afraid I won't be able to make it this time around. 2008 seems like it was just the other day. It's amazing how time flies!

I hope the event is exciting! I know it was last time and I hate to miss it. Talk to you later!

Christine Piper said...

Wow! Fabulous work as always! I just have to ask, what media did you use for the last two drawings in the list, the one in the picture frame and the one in the colonial dress? My favorite time periods to draw are colonial and medieval as well and that's one of the reasons I so enjoy your art.

Anthony VanArsdale said...

I'm so glad you like them, Christine! The last two were traditionally done. The one in the frame is an oil painting on gessoed matboard. The last one is two shades of brown colored pencil on a piece of inkjet paper I washed with watercolors and then ironed (after laying a t-shirt on top) to smooth out the wrinkles. I did a pinch of digital editing here and there after I scanned them both in. The pencil drawing on the bottom I changed the most, moving her eyes to look a different direction. She's supposed to look shifty.

Yes period stuff is fun. I just got in Masterpiece Theatre's Sense and Sensibility to go with the Pride and Prejudice dvd I have, so I've been sketching spencer jackets and top hats lately as well. It's been difficult (especially drawing for a set time period) to not mix the coolest fashions from 1770's with the early 1800's.

Christine Piper said...

Those are some neat techniques, especially the last one! I don't think I'd be as daring to wash watercolor on inkjet paper with all the bucking and what not, but I can see how being really skilled in photoshop could take care of that problem. They sure are some fun drawings.

I love all the Masterpiece classics. I'm actually reading a children's version of Pride and Prejudice to my little sister right now so she can watch/understand the movie. She's 11.

Jason Peck said...

Hey Anthony,

I love these character sketches. The old guy with the beard reminds me of Bouguereau.

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Cool Christine!
Something else I forgot to mention about that paper. I stuck it to the back of an old cereal box and the wrinkles weren't as bad as I would have thought - just needed a little ironing.

Thanks Jason! Ha ha! He does remind me of Bouguereau now that you mention it! Maybe his character should be more artistically inclined.