|One fascinating aspect of journal keeping is how people start...how they jumped into that first empty white page. This is one of Fred's that was so intriguing I included it in the book.|
Fred Crowley's work first caught my eye on Flickr, where he's had several different IDs--I'd be willing to bet you're familiar with at least one of them! Find him HERE, as -watcher-. And watch he does, and respond!
Fred sketches people in Panera Bread that look almost as if you could walk up and talk to them; they're intimate, colorful, and very, very human. I love the titles he puts on his sketches, often done in Moleskine journals, some across a two page spread, sometimes on a single page.
His animals have that same sort of LIFE to them.
One thing that was fun about doing these interviews is that they were all different! Some responded to the normal question and answer, some, like inveterate sketcher Fred Crowley, answered all of a piece. It's a pleasure to read...so come along and meet Fred Crowley!
Here's Fred in his own words (except the captions, which are mine.)
I try to draw in my drawing book every day.
I have been drawing in my books for about 14 years. I really don't call them journals. I put in some anecdotes, but I am too private to put it all out for public viewing.
I like to draw people or animals. I like the high degree of difficulty.
I find drawing very comforting. I like to push myself to see if I can get something down quickly. If I can't get it I use my memory and knowledge to finish the drawing.
I like to watch and memorize. Then I like to draw. I do like to restate the lines if the first ones aren't correct. (I remember in some figure drawing classes how people would discovery that a lines wasn't correct and erase it. They would then draw the same line instead of drawing in the new line before erasing.) It is fun to watch the movement as I capture the image. I also like leaving the lines in. That is why I like my fountain pens and Micron pens. I have to live with what I put down. If I use pencil I am more judicious in my mark making. It really slows me down. I try not to erase.
Polished pieces don't show the artist's vigor or the map that shows how the image was constructed. I am also a bit lazy and lose interest if I can't move along and capture what I see. I do sometimes like to make part of a drawing more "polished" to create emphasis. I also believe in solid composition to create my images. Very seldom are the groups that I draw really groups. I put people and animals together on the page to make a somewhat cohesive image.
|It's always interesting to see the composition of Fred's pages...your eye travels around the page, stopping here and there, learning and delighting...|
Moleskine sketchbooks can be a challenge when using watercolor (I am not referring to the Moleskine watercolor Books). Wil Freeborn put it best. You have to sort of scrub the colors in. That is why I like the waterbrush for use in my books. I also make sure I have loaded quite a bit of pigment to get the intensity I desire. I sometimes use watercolor crayons on top of the watercolor to create the depth/intensity I want. Sometimes I use gouache or Inktense pencils.
|This one is in an accordion fold journal...it pushes the envelope and is beautifully textured.|
You'll enjoy Fred's sets on Flickr...browse around, and enjoy! And Fred? Thank you for sharing...as always, I'm inspired by your work as I know our readers will be too.