Drawing

Sketchbook: They Live by J. Logan Carey

They Live by John Carpenter is one of my favorite movies of all time. I’m a HUGE fan of Carpenter’s films and the movie scores he composed and performed himself. Here’s a few They Live themed bits I’ve done recently.

An abstract profile of a Ghoul.

An abstract profile of a Ghoul.

“I said, you got a problem?”

“I said, you got a problem?”

A sketch I did a while ago of the Ghoul watching TV in the bar.

A sketch I did a while ago of the Ghoul watching TV in the bar.

My take on Jeff Bezos and Amazon in the They Live universe.

My take on Jeff Bezos and Amazon in the They Live universe.

An unfinished sketch of the president and his wife using the baby of mass shooting victims as a photo op prop. True story.

An unfinished sketch of the president and his wife using the baby of mass shooting victims as a photo op prop. True story.

SketchDaily Prompt “Arachnid” by J. Logan Carey

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I think my favorite medium will always be a simple ballpoint pen and some plain printer paper. It’s how I always got back into drawing when I hadn’t for a long time. Something is so pleasing about using materials you’re “supposed to” be doing your job with and creating something just for the sake of it..

Sketchbook: The Twilight Zone, The Comedian by J. Logan Carey

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The original Twilight Zone series influence on my discovery and love of sci-fi and horror cannot be overstated. It had a HUGE impact on me. I’ve rewatched the original series many, many times. I’ve longed for a true heir to the show to appear and never had the high hopes that CBS would bring back the true Twilight Zone with Jordan Peele at the helm. I couldn’t imagine of a better inheritor of Serling’s legendary mantle than Peele.

We watched the first episode of the new season and it was fantastically done. The quality of the cinematography looks like a movie, the frequency of somewhat distorted close-up shots is wonderful and unnerving, it’s just really damn well done. The added bonus of it being on CBS All Access is a much freer creative reign to add more adult references and my absolute favorite…SWEARING. It makes me feel like I’m watching a real show made for adults, not dumbed down for the family fun time crowd. Kumail Nanjiani as the lead in the series opener was perfect and demanded a quick fan art sketch.

I already love the show so much I’m sure there will be more fan art in the future.

Scene from the Suburban Wasteland by J. Logan Carey

Sketched in Procreate

Sketched in Procreate

A sight that could be out of a post-apocalyptic story, is actually just something I saw while waiting in my car for my walmart grocery order. A minimum wage employee will bring a weeks worth of food to my car while thirty yards away two people ride up on bicycles and rummage through the trash of a nearby little caesars. Nothing separates the four of us but circumstance and a few choices.

Sketchbook: Empty City by J. Logan Carey

I used a reference photo for this one. I love concept art drawings of large landscapes or cityscapes with small figures in the foreground. I envy the quiet. Probably why I enjoy so many post-apocalyptic stories. This was a simple perspective study done in Procreate.

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The Dreaded Still Life by J. Logan Carey

I’ve been sketching quite a few still lifes (lives? lifes?) over the past few weeks for practice and I can say that for some simple shapes you’d think shouldn’t be an issue to draw they can be frustrating as hell. It’s hard to stay engaged with a still life and it’s hard to find any energy or meaning in them, at least for me. I think that’s why most art students tend to hate doing them. I personally wasn’t looking forward to doing them, but I’m going through an art instructional book and I don’t want to skip anything.

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This was an assignment from a book. I wasn’t into the idea of it. Too plain. I think that’s why it’s fairly obvious I didn’t put much effort into it. It helps to choose the objects or composition of what you’re drawing for a still life that engages you on some level or your piece is truly uninteresting and lacking.

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This is a small cross-stitched pillow my wife made and wooden bird. I liked the end result here a lot more than many other still lifes I think in part because I like this little pillow and am always impressed by my wife’s stitching talent.

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A great resource for potential subjects for still lifes is Pinterest. This was an “artist’s desk”. I think it was really just some pieces staged, but it worked. Done in Procreate.

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This was a still life I drew on my lunch break at work at what was on my desk. Still life subjects are everywhere and anywhere you look, I think that’s part of why they make good subjects and help you build your skill, you start to see potential subjects anywhere. Anything can be a still life and a pleasing arrangement can make ordinary objects engaging to look at. Objects that look as though they were just put down and not posed are inherently more interesting to the viewer.

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This was from a photograph. Again, since the objects were photographed just as they were and not posed, the resulting composition was very engaging to me and I, in turn, took my time with the sketch. Yes, I know the perspective is totally wrecked.

This is a YouTube video that’s a great introduction to how to draw still lifes and why they may be important to developing your drawing skill. Plus there’s a Pusheen coffee cup.

Sketchbook: The Haunted Mansion by J. Logan Carey

This was a drawing I posted not too long ago that I created to commemorate getting married and our Disney honeymoon.  Jacque  was the one who came up with the brilliant idea of the  Hitchhiking Ghosts  tagging along. If you look you can see I made the license plate read, “ GRNLNTN ”, in honor of Jacque’s grandfather,  Mart Nodell .

This was a drawing I posted not too long ago that I created to commemorate getting married and our Disney honeymoon. Jacque was the one who came up with the brilliant idea of the Hitchhiking Ghosts tagging along. If you look you can see I made the license plate read, “GRNLNTN”, in honor of Jacque’s grandfather, Mart Nodell.

I decided to recreate the Haunted Mansion wallpaper just for fun and used Procreate to do it. Here’s a quick timelapse video showing how I did it. I used the excellent symmetry ability within Procreate to make the design.

Some random ghost sketches

Some random ghost sketches

Who doesn’t love the Hatbox Ghost?

Who doesn’t love the Hatbox Ghost?