Friday, June 20, 2008


I'm currently enjoying a book called The Practice and Science of Drawing by Harold Speed. It's a sort of technical look at the process of drawing with a focus on that fine line that separates academic drawing (and painting) from really good work work that has the spark of life.

It's fascinating stuff, even, I think, for the non-artist. And its written in an approachable manner. Plus, Speed seems to have a sort of general, jeering, almost comical disdain for art students (supposedly his intended audience) which the reader may find entertaining.

My evening project these days is the statue below. The design is based on a forgery of a mediaeval work. I have a fascinating book here filled with pictures of forged mediaeval and renaissance artwork. The artists did not make exact copies, but rather new pieces, loosely based on originals and carefully aged so that you would think they were hundreds of years old.

Anyway, here I am again, posting pictures of half-fiished work.

And one final recent discovery -brush-pens are best for doodling dwarves:


Raewyn said...

Greetings, Ben! I wandered over here from the Smallpax, where I came from Regina's site. Quite a bit ago, but loved your blog, and now that I have my own, am finally feeling bold enough to post a comment...:)

I love your work, especially the dwarf above. He's has a delightful impish and suprised look about him. He'd be perfect as a avatar. So very Narnian...

Anyways, just thought I'd pop over to say a cheery hello!

Keep up the blogging and drawing!

P.S. I'd vote for C.S. Lewis too, if I were old enough!

God Bless!

Ben Hatke said...

You're ALWAYS old enough to vote for CS Lewis!

Eric Orchard said...

Great dwarf! A totally different look for you. Love the 2 you's down below as well.

Raewyn said...

Glad to know!

Like the two you's too!

Raewyn said...

I tagged you over at my blog!

Have fun!

Annie said...

Will you send your little sister another text message sometime soon? I wanted to text you today, but when I dropped my phone in that bucket of water I lost most of my old texts and yours were among the lost.

I guess it doesn't matter now, because I'll just say it here: I opened up Mothering Magazine at Barnes & Noble today and saw some familiar drawings! What a fun surprise!

Jo said...

I'm not an artist in the least, so I have a deep appreciation for those who possess an artistic talent as you so obviously do.
Such a tasteful, inspiring blog. Good luck with all your endeavors.

Yaxin said...

Viva the brush pens then !


Ben Hatke said...

Holy Moley! Yacin posting here?!?

Yacin, for those unfamiliar, draws like an abslolute MANIAC (he also handles watercolor really well). And his character, Gabrielle the Faun, is adorable.

I highly recommend visiting his blog here:

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