Film III Yellow to be exact, but that is not story. I found myself drawing alongside my father the other day, oddly enough 2 years to the day I started documenting him. I pulled up to the shop a “little while” after he did. I couldn’t hear the presses running so I knew I was still on time. I found him prepping for the morning work and I set up my stuff at the end of his press. He told me it was a light day beforehand, so I knew there wouldn’t be any plates being mounted, no cleaning of plates, and for that matter very little color. Other than yellow of course. Flexo ink is not the easiest material to paint and draw with, but I splattered it on and carved in with crayons and pencils. There is a a lot of process in his day, but when you take away the plates and the ink and the dies, you find yourself watching a lot of watching. To date I have found myself reaching for things that I am familiar with, “knowing” his process so well from years of working alongside him. Subtle head movements, the body stance as he is inspecting and looking for errors (he doesn’t make any) and the waving of his arms when the press refuses to cooperate with him. But, while watching, today I thought about what I might be missing. What someone not so familiar with this work, or this man for that matter, might draw. I did some thumbnails as he labored on and thought about the next trip as the day came to a close. We watched a video of newer presses that made set up quick and efficient—kind of like what we used to do before there were youtube videos and we would look at brochures around the lunchroom table. Somethings will always feel like yesterday. —Dominick
As I was sitting and painting a koi pond in Bali, this little guy hopped up out of the water to keep me company.
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I love to check out the Gandhi statue in Union Square. I was there the other day and decided it had been awhile since I drew Mr. Gandhi, so I decided to draw him, Sunflowers and all!
A few weeks ago I spent a night in Paris. Here is a drawing of the very French waitress that served me dinner.
In a few weeks I’ll be flying down to Florida to join in on an adventurous, rigorous, wonderous and valuable reportage workshop with the Dalvero Academy. In preparation for the trip I’ve pulled out some older drawings to make some plans before my arrival on site. Without a plan (trust me panic sets in real quick!) Above is a little gem I found that incorporates a range of things I need to be reminded of… Ode to the elements of picture making! Have a great Sunday!
Art by Michele Bedigian
I found myself sitting around a table, in the aftermath of seven 8-year olds, with palettes full of paint and an empty canvas. In the five minutes before the skies broke and a storm rained down I drew the closest model sitting on the ground unaware of my actions.—Dominick
This is a drawing of one of many temples of many different religions that co-exist in Singapore, the Sri Krishna Hindu temple. The old man sitting in front of the temple ran over to see the drawing I made of him. He let me know that my drawing did NOT look like him. Guess what, it does, lol.
I so enjoyed my time in Singapore, and was so happy to teach a workshop at the 6th annual Urban Sketchers Symposium there. Thank you Singapore!
While on the trip to Cuba we drove into the countryside west of Havana. This gentleman was sitting on his bull while his friends were talking on the bench. The tree was huge with its beautiful large green leaves. A beautiful day in Vinales!
Watching kids play with Legos is pretty funny. And very interesting too. Pen on paper. ~Despina
I’ve just returned from a trip to Belgium. While enjoying a beer one afternoon I spotted this gentleman sipping a beer too. He deserved it after all of the work it must have take to get that mustache just right!
Until this day I had never had the desire to ride in a basket (bread goes in a basket, not people), but as the mass of balloons floated over my head at the Dutchess County Balloon Festival and the last one appeared above the heads of the crowds as it was inflated, I found myself trying to figure out how I could get a different view come next year.—Dominick
Canson has placed the artwork of four Dalvero Academy artists on the covers of their Artboard pads. I am honored to be one of those artists along with Veronica Lawlor, Julia Sverchuk and Evan Turk! This is my artwork which is on the cover of the Canson Canva Artboards cover. Veronica Lawlor’s artwork is on the Watercolor Artboards cover, Julia Sverchuk’s artwork is on the Mixed Media Artboards cover and Evan Turk’s artwork is on the cover of the Illustration Artboards cover!