pictures and words by paul mccall

February 2010
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A Great Afternoon at the IAC
Filed under: Open Studio Drawing
Posted by: Paul McCall @ 9:54 pm

The Indianapolis Art Center has had a new building since 1994, long enough that it probably isn’t considered the “new” building by anyone other than those of us who remember taking and teaching classes in the old facility. But even though the building was supposedly designed with artists in mind, to my way of thinking the artificial lighting in the painting and drawing studios is not good. The rooms have large north facing windows but in my 17 years of taking classes there I can’t recall ever utilizing that natural light. - Until today. Today we shoved the model stage toward the north side of the room, against the wall so no one need have a back view and we drew for three hours without a single artificial light being turned on! It was glorious! And I started a new sketchbook! (Not exactly new, I’ve had it laying around the studio probably 10 years and only filled the first 10 pages, but still…) It’s a pleasant surprise to grab a nearly empty, sketchbook and discover it has really nice paper within. Not just smooth white bond paper but something a little heavier with enough tooth to grab the medium used.

2 minute warm-ups.

Col-Erase pencil.

15 minute pose
Col-Erase pencil, brown.

25 minute pose
Col-Erase pencil, Sienna.

25 minute pose
Brown thin marker with brown brush marker outline.

25 minute pose
HB lead, soft, but thick.

20 minutes of a 45 minute pose.
Brush marker used like a dry brush effect.

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Baby Shower Booking
Filed under: Live Caricature
Posted by: Paul McCall @ 9:36 pm

Saturday night I drew at a baby shower for an expecting hair stylist from Lush Hair Salon.

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Robert T. McCall, Space Artist
Filed under: General
Posted by: Paul McCall @ 11:53 am

I just learned through my blog reading that Robert T. McCall, the premiere Space artist of the Space Age (what I consider from the Mercury 7 to the end of the Shuttle missions, has died at the age of 90. A good run, or, in his case, a good flight. Some may remember his iconic image from the Kubrick film 2001.

But he produced so much more.

And no, we weren’t related (as far as I know) even though my Dad’s name is the same. My Dad was the premiere railroad executive, still is father and friend.

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Catching Up at the IAC
Filed under: Open Studio Drawing
Posted by: Paul McCall @ 6:59 pm

I’ve been busy the past few weeks finishing the comic book I’ve been working on the past year. The deadline loomed large and I had to work on the final stages pretty much non-stop. But the first issue is finished and I was able to go back to the Sunday open model session today.

These are not from today but I found them in the sketch pad so I figured I hadn’t scanned and posted them.

These are from the session today.

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New Orleans Commissioned Job
Filed under: Studio Caricatures
Posted by: Paul McCall @ 12:54 pm

I was contacted by a client in New Orleans that wanted a gift for the Silver King, King Osiris 2010. A fun job!

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