These photos are of my sketches I made while sitting in on a recording of a new Jazz album by Christopher Burnett Quartet. I spent the day in studio sketching and painting the musicians while listening to exceptional music (and selfishly one of my favorite music forms). Indeed a treat for all the senses.
These sketches are drawn directly on to Arches 140# Hot Press Watercolor paper with a Noodler’s Ink Ahab flex nib fountain pen, loaded with Noodler’s Black Bulletproof Ink. (Nerd moment.)
I don’t work a drawing out with a pencil as I don’t want to inhibit the searching lines of the ink, living with the marks that are made, the lines creating the energy. This process allows me to stay in the moment as the subjects move and change positions, without getting caught up in making “perfect” lines.
These initial sketches will inform the creation of the LP album cover and interior design/illustration. I will be using hand lettering with the drawings to enhance the design.
I enjoy traveling with my family recording our adventures in my sketchbook. Our most recent experience took us to China where we swam in the South China Sea, hiked the Great Wall of China (slept in an ancient watchtower), traveled 1,400 miles by train along the Chinese countryside, and resided in a Beijing Hutong. The following images are a few pages from my travel sketchbook.
Herein lies fifty-six “raw spirits” that have been haunting my personal sketchbooks for some time. Each spirit, having no particular purpose upon its conception, has finally found a repository in this
visual collection. Each image was created with an immediacy that captures the natural, unrefined, and sometimes crude state that expresses the moment of inception. A short narrative tale accompanies each illustration bringing with it a new interpretation.
What makes KC such a creative town? This was the prompt when creating the Call For Entries Poster for the 2013 AAF-KC Addy Awards. The antlers represent regeneration and growth. The idea went over so well, the awards committee had an actor on stage dressed as the character from the poster with his antlers mapped to the large screen behind him. In between the award categories, the antlers would digitally grow, and move with the actor. It’s great to see one’s idea
live beyond the original intent.
I worked with the American Jazz Museum for ten years creating the promotional and visual materials for the Rhythm & Ribs 18th & Vine Jazz & Blues Festival that later became Kansas City’s 18th & Vine Jazz & Blues Festival.
Drawing from death and from life.