Fresh art

mitchum done

HARRISONBURG, Va. — This is fresh art, drawn yesterday (Oct. 3, 2013) on my balcony overlooking downtown Harrisonburg, which, if you look the right way and in the right direction, can sometimes, if the light is correct and you’re imagination is full-go humming, seem like parts of lower Manhattan. The dead-celebrity inspiration for this charcoal drawing is Robert Mitchum.

I masking-taped paper to the outside of my balcony window and moved charcoal dust around for about an hour while listening to Eddie Cochran to make this very stylized and not very Robert Mitchumy picture of Robert Mitchum.

Of late, I’ve just done quick, gestural-ish sketches that take 30 seconds to a few minutes, but yesterday I felt more involved. It was my off day and I had been drinking. The art started with three 8.5 x 11 sketches.

mitchum gesturals

Then I used the nice paper. It’s 11 x 17-sized.

mitchum in progress

And a pencil sketch.

more mitchum


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