1) Five Minute line drawing

2) Fifteen Minute value and shading

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An attempt at Pablo Picasso

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Woody Harrelson - Paper | Pencil | 53

I took a workshop last weekend on how to draw faces in 5 minutes by David Rankin Watercolor Artist.  Although these images of Woody Harrelson took about 40 minutes, the initial line work took only 5 minutes. The flesh tones were added at the end, but the initial gray value image stands on it’s own. Thanks David for making drawing faces not something to fear.

Venice Canal

Venice Canal

Value importance in Drawings and Paintings

I learned from my good friend and watercolor artist, David Rankin, that value is the most important ingredient in a drawing or painting to having it be successful. A great way to achieve this is to make value studies of the subject before proceeding to the final drawing or painting. The proof is in the pudding…if the value study works the painting will work if you just follow the recipe. This is one reason why I prefer my iPad and the app Paper by 53, because I can sketch and draw on one device without having to cart endless equipment around with me when I travel about….Efficiency defined!

Cleveland, Ohio as seen and drawn by Thomas Woodman Architect

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It is convenient that I only live 20 minutes from the city center, so if the mood hits me and I want to go find something that inspires me, distance is not an issue.

The Arcade - Cleveland, Ohio - Paper | Pencil | 53
On a beautiful fall day when the sunlight falls through the glass roof, this place is magical!

The Arcade - Cleveland, Ohio - Paper | Pencil | 53

On a beautiful fall day when the sunlight falls through the glass roof, this place is magical!

The Vineyard Paper | Pencil | 53

The Vineyard
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Drawings and Paintings of Italy - Paper | Pencil | 53 - Watercolor

These select drawings and paintings of Italy capture the visual stimulation which make Italy one of the the most intoxicating places on the planet…at least for me! It doesn’t matter to me whether i use a pencil, brush or a digital device like my iPad to capture what I see in front of me. The reason I sketch, draw  and paint is to embed the image in my brain. I’m using more than my sense of sight and by engaging my sense of touch by using my hand I increase by 100% my chance of recalling and or remembering what I see. I do use a camera to capture images, but to be more fully engaged I prefer drawing when I have the time. In a way I am slowing down and smelling the roses!

Submarines - Paper | Pencil | 53 - Vectorworks & Renderworks - iPhone

My interest in submarines started as a young child and as of today they still intrigue me. I entered this 3D computer rendering of the U.S.S. Cod i na competition a few years ago and I did not win……….D$%^ !

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A few of my Figure Drawings done on my iPad in 2014.

None of these took more than 2 hours to complete.

Actually, I spend hours working out details for the houses I design in my architectural practice. The technical nature of architecture gets extremely tedious at times and I need a creative release. Doing quick 5 minute sketches and an hour or two creating drawings on my iPad keep the creative juices flowing. 

What I am really looking forward to, is when Apple releases iOS8 and the ‘Pencil’ stylus by Fifty-Three will be fully functional with the addition of pressure sensitivity….Hooray!

To see what I have created on my iPad over the past two years visit my web site at:  http://twoodmanipadsketches.com/ 

Lake Farmpark Art Show - Paper | Pencil | 53
Three of my artwork pieces will be displayed in The Lake Farmparks Art Show starting September 17th thru November 3rd, 2014. All the pieces have to do with my alter ego (Woodmano). My wife says it deals with my dual personalities or my bi-polar disorder………….NOT! The watercolor piece depicts my ancestors coming to America in 1634 on the ship the James from England. Upon arrival they tried to start their own religion. That didn’t turn out so well. 100 years ago distant relatives invented the fried clams…so we got that going for us! The 2 iPad images are of Italy, one of my favorite earthy places on the planet. To bad I can’t visit there every couple years or so. I guess these images will have to do.

Figure Study 8.13.14 Paper | Pencil | 53

Figure Study 8.13.14
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Robin Williams Paper | Pencil | 53

Robin Williams
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Japanese Girl Paper | Pencil | 53

Japanese Girl
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