Sean's Paper-Free Drawing Blog.

all these folk; I miss them

Posted in Uncategorized by seansullivanstudio on February 3, 2011


Summer Group Show @ Steve Turner Contemporary

Posted in Uncategorized by seansullivanstudio on August 9, 2010

I am pleased to announce that I will be included in Wet Paint 2, a not-limited-to-painting group show.  I will be showing a few drawings (of course).  Hope to see you there!

To read more about who else is in this show and general information about the Gallery, click here.

Oakwood Arts Fair / Doodle Presentation

Posted in Uncategorized by seansullivanstudio on May 1, 2010

End of the world

I’ll save you all the nervous-sweaty, mumbling details, but the doodle lecture was delivered to an intimate group on Thursday and it was quite fun.  The kids there are very intelligent and seemed to enjoy the all-day epic wall doodle that followed the talk we gave.  Here are some pics from that event.

Oodles of Doodles

Posted in Uncategorized by seansullivanstudio on April 27, 2010

English class doodle

Lets face it, you’re not going very far in life if you actually pay attention to what other people have to say, am I right?  Wrong, that was just a test and you failed, now take your Ritalin and get a hold of yourself, other people is trying to say something here.  Ahem. This Thursday good friend Joey Morris and myself will be delivering a lecture/ performance on the subject of doodling.  Honestly I have no idea how this is going to go – I’ve never been able to talk for more than 5 minutes on a topic without spontaneously changing the subject completely.  IT’S NOT A.D.D. IT’S BRAIN JAZZ, so don’t judge me!  At any rate, we’ve gathered a respectable collection of doodles and I just wanted to share a few with you.  Check out the picture gallery for some handsome ones by distracted ex-presidents, day dreaming high school students,  and at least one focused professional artists.

Arts Patron Benefit Invite

Posted in Uncategorized by seansullivanstudio on February 16, 2010

Just finished up this little drawing last night.  It is to be included in an invitation for a party honoring Gemini G.E.M. founder Sidney Felsen. I don’t normally do portraits, but this seemed like a good excuse to break that habit. I drew him with his trademark Panama Hat and bow tie: I think he turned out pretty nice! Check out the Original line drawing after the jump.

Millions and Billions…

Posted in Uncategorized by seansullivanstudio on February 10, 2010

Some older works from a series of “quantifiable drawings” in which each picture  is comprised of  several rows of hatch marks, or tallies.  The numbers at the end of each row designate the amount of  marks in that row.

one down

Posted in Uncategorized by seansullivanstudio on February 10, 2010

It took the better part of the week but I think I finally hit the skids on this one. Its the first in a series of six. Hopefully I’ll have the next one done by this Friday.  Check out the details after the jump.

Progress Report

Posted in Uncategorized by seansullivanstudio on February 3, 2010

Currently working on six small drawings. Here’s a peek.

Rembrandt prints

Posted in Uncategorized by seansullivanstudio on February 1, 2010

On a whim, April and I stopped by Norton Simon on Saturday to see the Rembrandt exhibit currently on display. Its a modest exhibit with about  only a dozen or so works, but I left plenty satisfied.  They were all etchings, all relatively small scale  portraits ranging from thumbnail sized studies to highly hatched and labored scenes slightly larger than an index card.  looking closely at these prints, it’s very easy to see why Rembrandt is widely considered to be one of Europe’s greatest print makers.  Every piece in this exhibit is a gem, but there is such a profound  sensitivity in the later works, where he makes the most technically complex intaglio portrait look improvised, a perfect economy of biting and just the right amount of aquatint.

Here it almost seemed as if there was some kind of implicit omage to the wood-reliefs of Alrect Durer from over a century earlier when he pioneered the exploration and quantification of vision. Instead of optics, mercantilism and early capitalism are under the microscope here, undoubtedly a theme Rembrandt had strong feelings about because of his own troubled relationship with money.  Another unique point about this show was that there were no biblical scenes. Instead the portraits  here come with a more crypted narriative, enchanting nonetheless.

Jan Uytenbogeart - "The Gold Weigher"

Of course no trip to the Norton Simon would be complete without spending some time with one of my favorite paintings in LA; “First Fruits” by Edouard Vuillard. There is another painting similar to it at lacma.  They are excessively  decorative and navigating through the painting becomes a kind of haptic archeology.


I know these are terrible images, I will try in the future not to photograph importiant works of art on my iphone.

In other news, I have a couple new drawings I should be wrapping up by next week, I’ll post pics as soon as they are complete.

Happy Sunday!


First Post!!!

Posted in Uncategorized by seansullivanstudio on January 29, 2010

Hi there,

Thanks for visiting my website.  I plan on using this page for news, happenings and musings about drawing,  so stand by, more updates soon!!