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I just signed up. I'm a retired news/photog. for local
tv station.
I was doing some clean-up @ my shed & found
some sketches I made of the Waco trial Branch-Davidians
in early part of '94.
Since it was a federal case, no cameras were allowed. My
boss knew I like to paint on my own as a "hobby" & was
"volunteered ". Talk about pressure...sitting up front
with coat & tie & feeling very uncomfortable...my usual
attire being t-shirt & jeans as a news photog. But the
real pressure was sitting with the professional sketch
artists from all over the world covering this trial. At times
it was so quiet in there...the only sound was a poor soul
erasing over & over trying to put something down that
looked like the people on the stand. Except the witnesses
kept moving. First day was torture but I somehow manage
to come up with something for the 5 & 10 news.
I'm hoping that I can share & learn more about this
hobby that I enjoy.
Cheers !
 

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Great to have you here Flying, I'm sure you will find Artistforum a great place to be...we have an amazing artists and people here to share and learn from each other. Look forward to seeing your art and welcome to the forum.
Thanks George...
Let me dust my canvases & brushes.
In meantime can you point the way to where I can see
some of yours ?
 

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Greetings !

I just got back & I found one painting I did which I
thought was good & was going to show it...but after
looking at your work...I hate you, darn it ! :mad:
You're Good ! ....actually just kidding,
Thanks for sharing your beautiful work with me ! :)
 

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Please post it! this is a forum, it's not a competition.

"La Villita"...old San Antonio..after putting in the
burro...I stopped...more animals would've looked
like a nativity..ha-ha !

Back in '87 .I did this after watching movie
"Little Big Man" .



I usually prefer outdoor landscapes but I
thought I give it a try at old style like
the old masters that I admire.
My friends think it's ok...but I couldn't
duplicate it ...

I'm an avid tennis player & for fun I drew
this of my buddy on a tennis ball...


Andy, local weatherman . He helped me so
much with the heavy gear when I worked as
news/photographer @ local tv station.

(his hair was darker back then)
 

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trial sketches

I just signed up. I'm a retired news/photog. for local
tv station.
I was doing some clean-up @ my shed & found
some sketches I made of the Waco trial Branch-Davidians
in early part of '94.
Since it was a federal case, no cameras were allowed. My
boss knew I like to paint on my own as a "hobby" & was
"volunteered ". Talk about pressure...sitting up front
with coat & tie & feeling very uncomfortable...my usual
attire being t-shirt & jeans as a news photog. But the
real pressure was sitting with the professional sketch
artists from all over the world covering this trial. At times
it was so quiet in there...the only sound was a poor soul
erasing over & over trying to put something down that
looked like the people on the stand. Except the witnesses
kept moving. First day was torture but I somehow manage
to come up with something for the 5 & 10 news.
I'm hoping that I can share & learn more about this
hobby that I enjoy.
Cheers !
You should put up your trial sketches (or aren't you allowed?). You never know, they could be worth something! That must be a real skill though, must have been tough to be "thrown in" like that!
 

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You should put up your trial sketches (or aren't you allowed?). You never know, they could be worth something! That must be a real skill though, must have been tough to be "thrown in" like that!
Quite an experience that I will never forget !
I forgot that I still have the material I used to
sketch with. I have to run errands , will post more later..

Jan '94 Waco Trial
 

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Thanks for putting the photo up, FT! I can just imagine somebody saying to me "You draw don't you? Get in there and cover a court case!" I have to say that it looks as though you did a very good job! They look very professional to me. They still show them on the news from time to time for trials in the UK but the heads always seem to be out of scale, maybe because the artist is trying so hard to get a likeness? Fascinating stuff! Well done!
 

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Thanks for putting the photo up, FT! I can just imagine somebody saying to me "You draw don't you? Get in there and cover a court case!" I have to say that it looks as though you did a very good job! They look very professional to me. They still show them on the news from time to time for trials in the UK but the heads always seem to be out of scale, maybe because the artist is trying so hard to get a likeness? Fascinating stuff! Well done!
Thank You....As I said earlier...I love tennis...& when
Borg won @ Wimbledon, I did this on the first paper I could find. ( charcoal 1980s)



Cheap paper is falling apart....now I know
better...Again Thanks for the kind words..
makes me want to start paint or drawing again.
With all the beautiful art I see here & nice folks
here, it'll be nice !
 

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Great work, FT! I remember Borg very well..in fact, I even had one of his Fred Perry shirts with the blue stripes! :) You must get back to the painting and drawing!
Thanks...Bigvyor.

I had a Borg shirt .....
It's so tiny now...it's only good
on a barbie doll ! :)
 

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Court art is very interesting, I would think to do that would take a lot of skill and attention. I like the San Antonio one, and the tennis ball one is really humorous!
 

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I just love looking at art that was done years ago and the cracking and brittle edges. The elements that take over and start to decompose the support but in many ways adds to the works overall presentation. Very impressive works, I really like your style and the line structure. The photo of Borg with the tennis balls could be artwork in its self...the curling page and the placement of the four balls casting their shadow onto the piece is great composition.
 

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Picture an image of a young tall Gary
Cooper with his head down & kicking
the dirt with his boot....& saying...
"aw shucks"... Thats how I feel
right now... ;) !
The first compliment I remember
was in high school in the '60s. It was
frustrating in the way it came about....

In morning art class, the assignment
was to draw the human body in action
of some kind.
I was a long tall skinny kid & I recall
sending for a "Charles Atlas" Body Building
course. I had charts of the body exercises
& I began to understand words like bicep,
deltoids & so on.
I did a drawing of basketball players
all jumping & muscles straining to reach
& grab the ball.
Teacher told me that it was very
good...but I should not copy from a
magazine & rely on my own. I knew in
my mind...that there was no way I
could convince this person that I never
copied anything. It was just from inside
me & the love of the way the muscles
were put together. I recall telling myself,
wow, if he thinks I copied it from real
artist...it must be good. This is the first
time I have ever told this to anyone. I
believe you might understand what I'm
writing about.
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I had very few teachers in public school that were worth anything. I can count them on one hand. Probably the best teacher I ever had, was my college course photography instructor. Some people did not complete the course, they couldn't handle his critique of their photography. But he was not there to hold your hand and tell you it was all good, he was there to make you a better photographer and to demand quality of yourself.
 

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I had very few teachers in public school that were worth anything. I can count them on one hand. Probably the best teacher I ever had, was my college course photography instructor. Some people did not complete the course, they couldn't handle his critique of their photography. But he was not there to hold your hand and tell you it was all good, he was there to make you a better photographer and to demand quality of yourself.
That reminds me very much of my college teacher! He was a very small man but everyone was afraid of him! He told you straight if he thought something was rubbish but most students hated him. That's life I suppose!

btw - I've just started loading up some pics of my work into albums :eek:
 
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