"Sometimes it looks like most of the men around here are older men and I wonder if there'll be enough young ones to carry on when we're gone . . . so many of them going to work in town and all. lt always makes me feel good to see a young man's face on one of there boats."
This drawing as you can already tell is a little different than the others. I decided to experiment with the mediums, using black and white acrylic paint on bristol paper. I was looking for a painting technique that felt closer to a sketch - a painterly sketch. I hoped to achieve this by limiting my pallet to just 4 or so tones, leaving behind plenty of white from the paper, and continuing my use of a ballpoint pen to sketch out the drawing.
I like the ballpoint pen because it leaves itself behind when you make a mistake. You see it's various attempts until coming to the correct or accepted iteration. This I feel gives a drawing a sense of energy, of vitality, of being draw in the moment right here and now. My hope is that these approaches give the drawing that lively, painterly feeling (with actual paint) without feeling stiff.
Douglas E. Draper Jr. is an award-winning artist working out of Philadelphia. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute, College of Art and his work has been exhibited throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Annapolis, Baltimore and various other cities and galleries. His fine art and illustrative work can be seen from such publishers as Moonstone Books, Top Shelf, Desperado, IDW, and many others.
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