they say…

always add a picture to your post, it’s more engaging. Well, I don’t have an image to put in this post. I haven’t been drawing much lately, and would like to get back into the habit. Tonight I’ll break out some paper and pens. Tonight I might drink a few beers. I have three different color pages, three of each. I’m thinking a series of sorts. I’m also thinking that the drawings will be slices, or cross-sections of my normal process – adding more space. Color is important, and today is grey and rainy. I’ll start with pencils, move onto pen and ink and finish with colored pencil (maybe gouache). That’s the sequence I’ve been following (with or without the initial pencil work) for several years. Then I’ll post it to Instagram. The drawings will be filed away in a box or folder. Lately I’ve been going through old paintings – in order to create more space I’ve been un-stretching many of them and rolling them up. They only take up a fraction of the space that way, and I’ll be breaking down and burning the wooden stretchers (in a backyard fire pit that my sister bought me for my birthday). I would like to sort through all the drawings at some point and figure out a better archiving process. I sliced some out of a sketchbook years ago and put them in clear plastic sleeves in a binder – but I think I like flipping though a sketchbook when possible. I’m not sure why I’m posting today. I feel like I’ve neglected this site, and every so often I get motivated to revive it, update it, and make it sparkle. Maybe I’ll post more only word posts. Maybe I’ll delete this next week. I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. I’m looking forward to the future.

abstract drawing

Completed this drawing a few days ago. I think I started it weeks ago, and put it down for awhile, and then resumed. It began, I assume, with some ink (maybe pencil before that?), followed by colored pencil and then some more ink details.
It’s on archival 8 ply mat board which is 10 x 8″ – the drawing itself roughly one or two inches smaller. This piece, as with most of the other works I’ve been posting on Instagram, is for sale – if you’re interested in purchasing art please send me an email, these works are priced to move.

John Otter, Untitled, 2020

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Drawings in a book

About 13 years ago I found a pile of books near a dumpster, this was before there were those Little Free Libraries. Seeing all those neglected books waiting to go…to the dump? I would hope at the very least they were going to be recycled. but I don’t know. I grabbed one of them and went home. Eventually I started altering pages, blacking out words, and drawing in the book. The words on the pages made nice details for the backdrops of drawings. I still have the books, and it’s nowhere near complete, but I also recently came across a few scans from the book and thought I’d share them here and on Instagram. Maybe one day I’ll complete every page in the book, at least that’s something to work towards.

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