Doodlin away at the Ill Acad! I feel this is as close to the modern day Brandywine as you can get. Right now Mark English, John English, Sam Weber, Jillian Tamaki, David Apatoff, Doug Chayka, George Pratt, Jon Foster, Anita Kunz, CF Payne, Sterling Hundley, Brent Watkinson, and Robert Meganck are walking around Sarasota waiting to change our lives again tomorrow morning. The other day Gary Kelley, Francis Livingston,  Terry Brown, and Barron Storey just left.  I really am constantly overwhelmed. Each and every artist has their own philosophies and they usually are completely contradictory to each other, and I love it! It's up to us, the students, to pick what we agree with and mold our own philosophies. But man, I've never seen so much unbridled passion for picture making. I feel like I'm part of something historic.

On another note, my sketches have been changing. Since January I've switched from pen to pencil and feel like I'm slowly moving away from line. Slowly. Honestly I'm trying to draw like George Pratt. He taught me to not think, just react and make honest marks. I'll be moving to Russia soon, so I'll have plenty of time to make tight drawings.

best,
-francis

**ps: RIP MJ, your music continues to fuel my art.**

13 comments:

Francis said...

Great sketches as usual!

louis-etienne vallee said...

good stuff !

enjoy the academy, but i know you will.

Eli said...

Always waiting for the next update and you never fail to come through. These are great Francis. You draw like Francis, not George. Cheers!

ernesto said...

dude. those johnny winter sketches are sweet... i hope that was johnny winter. sure looked like him and i know you are working a johnny piece

Lamar M said...

great stuff man

LuisNCT said...

Great as usual, the ones of the guitarplayer with hat are brilliant

RAWLS said...

Nice sketches bro!!

leandra said...

hey, i didn't realize you were coming to ill academy! i've been modeling for it-- only for june, though.

Jon Han said...

Great Sketches!

Eric Braddock said...

Awesome sketch pages, man!

Anonymous said...

Hey Francis: Really enjoyed the sketches! EMV

Nick Iluzada said...

i'm kind of curious as to why you're going to russia

Arkady Roytman said...

"moving to Russia soon" - V Dobryi Chas, Tovarisch!