Friday, March 5, 2010

James Mercer // Begin to draw more boys

Boys: I love the opposite species very much but don't often let them grace the pages of my sketchbook. Who knows why?
(maybe because they don't have luscious hips and i can't put them in dresses and heels.) (maybe not? Lets not delve too far into my heart.)
So to rectify this problem, I am beginning by drawing James Mercer, lead singer of the Shins, who i hold a profound admiration for. The only band that has travelled with me and my ears through highschool and into adulthood, the Shins music holds for me a wealth of nostalgia. I remember being 16 and lying on my bedroom floor, drawing faces in purple gel pens, listening to pink bullets on my mp3 player, and i remember being 19 and listening to wincing the night away whilst playing scrabble and eating too much sugar with new friends. At 20, I'm still particularly fond of the enchanting tunes of that portland band, while the rest of my cd's from teenage-hood lie dormant in the back of my cupboard.
Unfortunately, the Shins have kind of dissolved, but Mercer is still making amazing music, This time turning to Dangermouse to collaborate on the new musical project Broken Bells. All i can say is superb!
So, here is my illustration, Inspired by Mercer's musical stylings, and the need to project some masculinity into my art. 



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James Mercer

23 comments:

  1. oh my!!! oh, this entry was certainly filled with new surprises <3 i love how you write and i love how you paint those boys <33 i used to only draw girls too, but now i can't stop drawing boys! (or rather... half girl half boy type species) aaah

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  2. I really have been enjoying your blog! It is nice seeing your posses for this one (thanks for sharing it)!

    When I draw men they always turn out looking like women no matter what! I think you did a lovely job.

    ♥ Tiffany Patterson

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  3. This is great! Top notch likeness and drawing.

    iliketweet.blogspot

    x

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  4. When I saw your pictures my mouth dropped open in awe. You are extremely talented you know...!

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  5. beautiful! as great as the finished product is, it's really nice to see your design process in action. thanks for sharing, caitlin!

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  6. Aw, it's beautiful!
    I love the Shins :)

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  7. Are these all the same picture or different sketches? If they are all the same it is really really interesting to see your creating process and that you put colour over all that pencil and you should do some more 'process' posts very soon please.

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  8. Clare- Yes, Those three images are of the same illustration as it was being built up. & I Think i will post some more progress things on occasion if you are interested.

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  9. is that your design i see on a particularly lovely garment by karla spetic...(on frankie.com) ??

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  10. elly- yes, Indeed it is! Glad you recognised that fact. I shall be revealing that collaboration on my blog next week.

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  11. oh and p.s...can i use your cute rainy day girl on my blog? ??...i am mentioning some artist's work that i am fond of...is that ok?

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  12. Caitlin, you're my favourite. For real. To me, your style is perfection. I do everything in my power to make my paintings look half as charming as yours and I don't even come close. Your whimsy and quirkiness is the cats meow. I know you're going to be a tremendous success, you're so talented. You deserve it so much.

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  13. ellymoo- sure thing. :)


    little bee- such kindness! thankyou. I would love to see your artworks sometime.

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  14. This is great - I love it.
    And why can't you put boys in dresses and heels. ;] Hehe.
    -Andi x

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  15. You do an absolutely lovely job of drawing boys too!

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  16. This is lovely, Caitlin! I think it'd also be great if you painted women of color. :) I know you'd be brilliant at it.

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