Archive for Charcoal

Fragmented Figure Drawing: The First

Posted in Art, Drawing with tags , , , , , , , on April 2, 2010 by katievautour

This is one in a series that happened to come about. I don’t want to get into what it’s about too much, possibly because I can’t articulate it fully. It’s a series of fragmented, headless, wounded women in a mesh of materials, as you can see for yourself because you are perfectly competent viewers.

I’m interested in hearing interpretations of this, as well as the rest which I will post in the near future.

Despite what the title says, this is in fact the latest drawing of the series. It’s only the first I posted. Confused? Me too.

36″ x 24″. Charcoal, acrylic, paper, roof tile, ink and chalk…maybe other things…on chipboard.


Posted in Art, Drawing with tags , , , , , , , , on December 4, 2009 by katievautour

…are fascinating and terrifying and magical!

And they also represent productive procrastination at its best. I’m experimenting with different bird and reptile body parts, then incorporating the best aspects of the sketches into a painting.

The head is rendered similar to a fan lizard, plus a spiky tail. I like the textures at play and the dramatic composition.

This guy has a spiny head and a feathery neck. The horns work well.

Lastly, an odd fellow sporting a toucan bill and an iguana-esque dulap.

Sketch of Wood Turtle

Posted in Art, Drawing with tags , , , , , , , on November 8, 2009 by katievautour

Wood Turtle

After seeing some turtles yesterday, I did this quick drawing of, well, a turtle! Reptiles have piles of personality, accompanied by physically engaging textures. As such, they are a subject matter I plan to study further.


Posted in Art, Drawing, painting with tags , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2009 by katievautour

Pigeon Portrait

This is one section from an assortment of drawings on a large sheet of paper, none of which progressed any further.

But I almost like this one.

Black and White Self Portrait

Posted in Art, Drawing with tags , , , , , , , , on November 1, 2009 by katievautour

Widescreen Self

It’s been a while since I made a self portrait so I thought, what the heck, I’ll give it a shot again. I tried a tight composition to make it interesting, and to keep me from feeling completely self-absorbed while working on the piece. Personally, I think it reflects both the composition of a widescreen film close up and the glamorous comic book panel women of Warhol’s prints.

But take what you will from it. It’s only a drawing.

52″ x 26″. Pencil, oil, charcoal and spray paint on paper.

Pink Pigeon Print (Alliteration Included)

Posted in Art, Drawing with tags , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2009 by katievautour

Pink Pigeon

Pigeons are fascinating counterparts to humans. They inhabit the landscapes we’ve created, building their nests in crooks and holes of architecture.  They ingeniously arrange their routine around our own lunch schedule, perfectly reflecting our own frantic scramble for sustenance. Despite this, pigeons are still regarded as ugly, dimwitted pests. It’s high time we give these shiny intelligent birds the attention they deserve.

36″ x 36″. Ink, charcoal, acrylic, oil and pencil on paper.

Drawing On Cardboard: A Skeleton with Coffee and a Cell Phone

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 11, 2009 by katievautour

Starbucks Skelly

I like putting skeletons in situations which are normal for modern people–in this case, drinking an overrated, overpriced coffee while talking on a cell phone. It draws attention to the actions of the skeleton rather than emphasizing the subject as a figure, as would be the case if  the image of the skeleton were substituted with a depiction of a living body.

Anyway, I dropped this one in front of a Starbucks on a busy street and went and sat inside by the window for a while. After a few hours a person who was walking by looked at the drawing, then grabbed it and carried it away. I almost wish I knew where they took it, a tiny part of me was sad it disappeared, but this was also an experiment in being able to let go of my art. Recently some pieces of my work were wrecked, and to consciously leave this work in a very vulnerable place helped reconcile that issue.

And away it went.

Skeleton on Street

Photo of the drawing on the street. It blended in pretty well, about half the people who walked past didn’t seem to notice it. I am highly amused by the abandoned sheet of cardboard beside my drawing in the photo below.

Skeleton Drawing on Street

Funny enough, directly across the street from this a camera crew was filming a group of students on the corner, who are just slightly out of frame in this photo. I think Skelly here might have managed to get some time in the limelight.