Teetering Bulb Little Fictions

July 21, 2011

6 Hour Alla Prima

Filed under: life drawing,study — Kurt and Zelda @ 3:30 pm

Oil on Board, 18″ x 24″

After 3 years of Atelier training, the fundamentals are slowly beginning to make sense.
This is a 6 hour study. I’m interested in the effortless look of a big brush painting. -Z

April 24, 2011

Sketchbook Morsels

Filed under: life drawing,study — Kurt and Zelda @ 8:58 pm





Discovered new colour pencils called “Derwent Coloursoft”. Please bring these
to me in bushels. They come in all kinds of delicious colours. -Z

March 9, 2011

Sketchbook 2011

Filed under: life drawing,Little Fictions,study — Kurt and Zelda @ 3:26 pm


We’ve been busy making stuff we can’t show you. Take a peek at our studies and doodles instead.

July 28, 2010


Filed under: life drawing,study — Kurt and Zelda @ 9:32 am


Charcoal on paper. Original size, 11″ x 17″.

Hour and a half long portrait from life.
If you’re interested in a similar black and white portrait, contact me.
I’d love to draw you. -Z

July 1, 2010


Filed under: life drawing,study — Kurt and Zelda @ 12:48 am


Oil on board. Absolutely no Photoshop. 15″ x 20″

First fully completed oil painting. 16 week Atelier session. Oils are amazing.
Gotta look at Rembrandt more. Keeping the highlights rich and thick, the darks
transparent and thin. So much to learn! -Z

June 23, 2010

SOI Life Drawing

Filed under: life drawing — Kurt and Zelda @ 7:58 pm


Inktense pencil on sketchbook paper

First time at the Society of Illustrators life drawing session. Lots of men with white beards were there.
Also, live jazz. Such a deal! Can’t wait to go back. -Z

June 8, 2010


Filed under: life drawing,study — Kurt and Zelda @ 1:24 am


HB Charcoal on Stonehenge paper, with a tiny bit of Photoshop. 10.5″ x 13.5″

3 Hour charcoal pencil Alla Prima.

February 16, 2010


Filed under: life drawing,study — Kurt and Zelda @ 1:24 am


Oil on thick Illustration Board with a good dollop of Photoshop. 15″ x 20″

3 hour long Alla Prima. Wipe out method. I like the wipe out way because I just
don’t understand how to use white yet. Kinda gives it a haunting monoprint feel.
Keeping in mind shadow welding and large shapes to achieve reality. -Z

January 27, 2010


Filed under: life drawing,study — Kurt and Zelda @ 9:02 pm


Oil on Ampersand Gesso Board. 12″ x 16″

First oil …almost. I had a brief accidental collision with oils this summer during IMC.
After nearly a 2 year wait, Andy, my atelier teacher, finally felt I was ready to paint.
This was a highly anticipated event. This is a 3 hour long alla prima done with
raw umber and black. Using the wipe out method, painted on Ampersand Gesso board.
I’ve been dreaming about painting. My first time felt really remarkable. Also reading
Alla Prima by Richard Schmid which is getting me even more excited. -Z

September 30, 2009

Atelier studies

Filed under: life drawing,study — Kurt and Zelda @ 5:46 pm


Charcoal HB/2B pencil on Mi-Teintes Strathmore paper. Sizes vary.

These are done at a small Brooklyn atelier. The instructor’s name is Andy Reiss. He’s definitely changed
the way I draw and see reality, and I owe my career as an illustrator to him and to the Atelier method.
An atelier is a systematic way of learning to draw. Art schools won’t give you this, except for a few. -Z

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