As promised here are images of (some) of the small drawings I have been creating while on the road for my job. They are all ball-point pen drawings on the little notepads that are left in hotel rooms. These small drawings are a nice deviation from the larger, more involved drawings I do in my studio. It is nice to work quickly, experimenting with different compositions and drawing elements. I have put them in chronological order so you can get a sense of evolution Every day I speak with high schools students about their portfolios, always giving them suggestions about "increasing contrast" and "pushing the compositions." These drawings are a good chance for me to take my own advice.
I have framed one of these drawings, floating as is, in a simple wooden frame. I like the idea of preserving these small objects as they are, with the phone number and logo of each hotel. They become artifacts of the time I spent in New Jersey or Vermont or Wisconsin (yes Wisconsin.) I am using the pen and paper that was already in the hotel room, which means that in a sense the drawing was already in the hotel room, I just needed to find it. I'm getting ahead of myself. Enjoy! All are Untitled as part of the series "Hotel Drawings" that I began last year while on the road. They vary in size from 3" x 2" to 3" x 4". Enjoy!
I'd love to hear some feedback about how you see these drawings in relation to my charcoal/pastel drawings. Are they preliminary? Or just as important as the larger, more involved drawings? Also, I would really like to invest in a scanner so that I can scan these little drawings. Any suggestions for a scanner that would pick up the detail and texture of these drawings?