Born on June 11th, 1980 at St. Francis Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa, to a housewife & 'Machinist', Mark was the second of two children raised in a small white house near Waterloo's Liberty Park. During his 12 years of Catholic education Mark learned to draw either in an attempt to impress girls (which never worked) or as an outlet for the boiling resentment he had for both the Catholic faith & the incompetent staff of wretched, miserable dullards who masqueraded as teachers. Mark earned his BFA from from the University of Iowa, focusing on drawing & painting. He currently works & resides in Iowa City.
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Music- when I really have to focus I find that Miles Davis' "He loved him madly" really does the trick. It's Davis' song for Duke Ellington. I once heard Brian Eno say that he really liked it, so I was curious having never heard it. It has really grown on me.
One blank 9 X 13 sheet of Rives BFK (you get the 'really good' paper).
The initial pencil sketch
My ink bottle. I've had it for years. Some artists will tell you that an attachment to such objects is unnecessary. These individuals should never be trusted by reasonable people.
I gave them black hair.
Corked pen with a Hunt 512 nib.
First inking is done.
.35 Rapidograph; the Navy SEAL of pens. Now to transition to ink shading.
In order to ink shade, music is not the best for me. Not only do I have Oliver Stone's JFK, it's on my iPod. Great to shade to despite Stone's bad writing (you don't have to be a writer to smell shit in that script).
Colored inks (more concentrated color; note the eyes & scarf).