5 Drawing based videos completed!

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5 drawing videos completes and loaded and 4 more to go for my basics in graphite. Search the web, go to my website (videos) or click the image above to get to my YouTube channel. Check them out and subscribe! To have a custom channel name I need 100 subscribers, help me out with that.

I have in the mean time to go along with the videos a materials list. I have links to amazon, but shop local if you can. Amazon is just easy….. Maybe to easy.

My Materials list you are interested, buy local if you can!:

Rapesco 64 Manual Desktop Pencil Sharpener – 6mm Pencils- https://amzn.to/2NqP2TK (sometimes you can find them prime but click around to shop for the best deal)

Susan Rubin and Susan DiMarchi turned me on to the Vanish Eraser, and the pencil sharpenercheck them out. http://www.susanrubinstudio.com http://susand-bidbg.blogspot.com

Koh-I-Noor RED 2.0 mm drafting pencil: https://amzn.to/3aakEXH

Staedtler Mars 2.0 mm drafting pencil: https://amzn.to/2FUrIJY Staedtler Mars 4H 2.0mm Graphite inserts: https://amzn.to/2ss6Q9J

Staedtler Mars 2H 2.0mm Graphite inserts: https://amzn.to/2uVRiMB Staedtler Mars HB 2.0mm Graphite inserts: https://amzn.to/2NuLjEK Staedtler Mars 2B 2.0mm Graphite inserts: https://amzn.to/2QWGUwh Staedtler Mars Pencil set: https://amzn.to/2QYcs4Z

PALOMINO BLACKWING, equal to 3B, I would see if you can find one individually local or you can buy a set of 12: https://amzn.to/363rkne

Caran d’Ache Graphite Pencil set: https://amzn.to/2RyxxCr Pentel 0.3mm holder: https://amzn.to/2u8dwKz

Pentel 4H 0.3mm Thin Leads, Tube of 12: https://amzn.to/2TrT4yZ Pentel 0.5mm holder: https://amzn.to/2R16Yqp

Pentel 2b 0.5mm Thin Leads, Tube of 12: https://amzn.to/30vBz2j

Vanish Eraser- Jerrys is the best Deal if you buy a box of 30 (split them with your art buddies). https://www.jerrysartarama.com/vanish… or Amazon:https://amzn.to/2toaFx7

Gray kneed Eraser: Super cheap anywhere- or Amazon: https://amzn.to/2TrrZMp

Tombow MONO Zero Eraser Value Pack, Rectangle 2.5 mm. Precision Tip Eraser with Refills- https://amzn.to/3agndao

Faber Castell Perfection Eraser Pencil with Brush 7058B: https://amzn.to/2Tr1g2D

Sakura EE-3000 SumoGrip Electric Eraser: https://amzn.to/2QXC8ie

Tombow Mono Dust Catch Eraser: https://amzn.to/3adRCWS

Eraser Shield: https://amzn.to/2TruRc9

Scalpel Set (great for all botanical artist and illustrators): https://amzn.to/2FVvS4o

Staedtler Mars Rotary Sharpener: https://amzn.to/2RmxLfv

Uni 2mm sharpener: https://amzn.to/370or7N

PanPastel Sofft Covers: https://amzn.to/35TBE0Z

7 video projects in 1!

Single Point Lighting Example

I am currently working on 7 video projects in one. 1. “Single Point Lighting” video, 2. My “One, Two, GO!, sketch to transfer perfection”, 3. “An Apple Time Lapse”, 4. “An Apple Drawing Walk through”, 5. “Value Application with the Land and Take Off Method (working title) 6. “Value Scale for Graphite, Black it not Black” and 7. “How to Make your own Transfer Paper”.

Single Point Lighting “What the Light is Doing!”

It has been slow going it seems. One simple project rapped into many concepts. They are important concepts to me and I want to be able to deliver them precisely. I really want to give these wonderful ideas to the universe. Most of these concepts, I wish I knew 20 years ago and some I have been refining for 20 years.

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Picking up a piece I haven't worked on in over a year video.

A fun quick little video. I am struggling a bit to finish a piece I haven’t work on in a while. I have changed up my technique with graphite since I started this piece. It will be interesting to get it done.

New Camera (to me) from Santa (aka my wife)

Canon T3i with Magic Lantern Installed

I know the T3i is not the newest Camera on the market, but it fits my need. Being able to shoot video with two cameras, not to mention the flip out screen (my other camera is a T2i with no flip out screen) will help so much and save a bunch of time. The first thing I did was install the Magic Lantern build for it. It works like a charm. Also, I was generously given a nice lightning kit. Something I should have looked into a long time ago I can wait to get started on my next project. I was thinking that I never really have given my full gusto to drawing something simple like an apple. Plus it will be great for a few tutorial videos I have been thinking of doing. Let me know what you think or if you want to see me make a specific video. In the mean time check out my YouTube Channel “Get Your Phil of Art” , I just finished uploading an Almost 12Hour Video.

12 Hour (almost) Real Time (almost) video of White Tara Graphite Drawing

I am super happy to have this video done and uploaded finally. It took about three days to export it, and gladly there were no errors in the process! Check it out and let me know what you think. 12 Hour White Tara Drawing.

47 hours to go on 12 hour video export

I have this crazy idea about posting an almost in real time of me working on my White Tara Statue drawing. So I edited a video that is about 12 hours. As you can see the export is taking quite a bit of time, currently 47 hours and some change. I also installed “Magic Lantern” on my canon camera to help out with my work flow and to be able to shoot better. I should have installed this a long long time ago. Once I get the video loaded to YouTube I will post again about it. Cross your fingers that all goes well and I don’t run into any issues. Also, please Subscribe to my Youtube Channel! More and more videos to come.

The stages of attachment, building canvas stretchers and stretching canvas.

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48″ x 72″ canvas stretcher. Oil painting work in progress in back.

I wish I could make the idea of building canvas stretchers sexy, but it is just some milled lumber. There is something special about building things yourself though. In this case building the skeleton of the skin that is the canvas that is almost never seen or thought of. Eight 45 degree cuts attached to make perfect 90 degree angles. A few pieces of strait lumber to keep the rectangle from flexing, so when the canvas is attached it will always be flush when hung. Simple ideas but sometimes not easy to complete.

I have been building variations of painting surfaces for 20 years or so now.  The first semester at school, A painting instructor of mine at The School of the Art Institute approached me while in a painting studio and I think he asked why I was working so small. As an art student I was pretty broke and working larger at that time was not in my budget. He suggested I go down to the wood shop at the school and start making my own canvas stretchers and stretch my own, as it would be more cost effective and I could start working larger. A semester later I was asked to apply for the advanced painting program by the head of the painting department. The rest is history as they say.

More that being cost effective, it became this integral part of how I make work. It makes the painting process deeper for me. I am not just slapping some paint on something I picked up at the art store. I was part of the birth of the surface that I will then lovingly apply paint, building composition and having a connection with the end result.

Dried Maple Leaf Time Lapse

Here is a fun little project I did and made a time lapse of it. I will be making a tutorial on drawing with graphite with this footage as well soon. Check back in in a week or so and I should have it ready. Please go to my YouTube page and follow me if you have a YouTube account. Or if you have anything you would like to see me make or have a tutorial idea leave a comment. Thanks again!!!

Plein Air Painting on a Trip to Hillside Colorado

Hillside Colorado is one of my favorite places to visit. Located just east of the northern edge of the Sangre De Cristo mountain range and west of the Wet Mountains in a sublime valley. It almost pains me to give away the location of this magical spot, but it is too good to keep to myself. If you would like to stay there you can find information here.

Sangre de Cristo Range from Hillside Coloroado
Sangre de Cristo Range from Hillside Colorado, 16″x 28″ Water and Drawing media on Paper.

So why would a non-representational / abstract painter like myself be drawn to doing a landscape. Well, it was there and it was transcendental. I love making all types of work outside of my primary work. It makes my abstract work so much better. Having other forms of visual communication makes for more informed abstract work. It helps to experience the work and be able to reflect on it, and use that energy to drive my primary mode of expression.

Just before a storm, Sangre de Cristo Range from Hillside Coloroado
Just Before a Storm, Sangre de Cristo Range from Hillside Colorado, 16″x 28″ Water and Drawing Media on Paper

I love to work where ever I go. I took up way too many supplies to work while I was in Hillside and on the great driving trip from Denver to Hillside via 285 though Salida Colorado. But I was glad to have all that I needed to make some Plein Air works on paper that came out pretty nice. I have not done much Plein Air works in the past, not thinking much of it. I made a great discovery that working in the environment is far superior than working from an image. Just like working on a real subject, it becomes more tangible, I felt that I could gather the experience of being there.

On the way to Hillside I stopped in Browns Canyon National Monument for a great hike up with my art gear to do a Plein Air work of the Collegiate Peaks that are just to the west across a valley from Browns Canyon.

On the way back I took a drive to St. Elmo to the west of Browns Canyon down a road that cuts in between to mighty peaks of the Collegiate Range, the same I was painting a few days earlier. It was a super drive cutting between mountain streams, groves of aspens and a ghost town.

Collegiate Peaks seen from Browns Canyon
Collegiate Peaks seen from Browns Canyon, 16″ x 28″ Water and Drawing Media on Paper.

It has always been a great joy of mine to have grown up in Colorado and live in Denver. There are so many places to see and experience in the state.

Catching up the Homare Ikeda

I posted last week about an inspirational moment eighteen years ago that has influenced the way I make my paintings. In another serendipitous moment, I got an email Friday for an artist presentation img_2691by none other than Homare Ikeda, the same artist I had just reminisced about. And the presentation was going to happen the following day, Saturday, at Meininger Art Materials.

The event was part of a series called Demo & Dialogue, organized by the Art Students League of Denver. The Art Students League was there for me in my youth when I had limited access to art and art instruction.

The idea behind demo and dialogue is open up the artist’s process to the audience by having the art work on a piece. Ikeda gave us an open invitation to interrimg_2664upt with questions as he worked on two large (and several small) works.

On the island I am from they had no sense of what art was. I’m lucky I didn’t have a preconceived notion of what art was.  Before I came to the US, I studied traditional painting so I’m aware of how I use my brush. I will hold with my left hand or use two brushes, that creates negative space.” -Ikeda

I was struck by how similar his thoughts about process and his approach to making resonated with my own. Ikeda approaches his art with openness and flexibilty, focusing on the process with little interest in the product. He is able to speak about his process and work with depth and humbleness.

“I’m not trying to make a painting therefore finishing is not my goal, the process is something that excites me. I have many paintings that come down from one show and I keep painting it. I know what color theory is but at the same time I just grab whatever I can grab. I’m looking for surprises. In my mind I ask, ‘Should I keep this or do I change it.’  I have options.”

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“Painting is honesty. If the artist is honest it’s a good painting. Getting honesty is very hard to deal with. Painting is making me more than I am making a painting. ”

The demo wrapped up after close to 2 hours and Ikeda stayed answering questions and greeting the crowd. I waited to approach him and thank him for sharing his craft and thoughts. Last week I had shared my  blog post with him and his response in person was as gracious as his email had been. It may not surprise many these days as Denver emerges onto the national scene, but we have long had a vibrant art scene including artists like Ikeda.