Download Mike Lyon Press Release from Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art (PDF) Mike Lyon: Post-Digital Prints and Drawings March 1 – April 27, 2013 “Until the early 1990′s I was all about the eye-hand coordination required to draw and paint visually (paint what you see). Then I became intensely curious about how image was communicated through the [...]
After painting a large (4.75 x 12 feet) sheet of heavy watercolor paper with red acrylic paint, I drew 20 images of Sarah jumping using white and black ink pens. Then cut the sheet into four 25 x 70 inch sheets, each with five figures, pasted them with wall paper paste, and adhered them to [...]
My friend, accomplished figurative ceramist Misty Gamble, teaches Foundations at the Kansas City Art Institute agreed to model for me wearing her powder-blue faux fur jacket. She was super-animated and great to work with and for. I don’t really know ‘why’, but it seemed to me that a deep green paper color would suit this [...]
An unusual edition of three original pen and ink drawings plus two proofs — drawing began in late April and finished up in late May. Can drawings be prints? These are not at all printerly, but there ARE three identical (in the sense of an edition of prints) original drawings, each one measuring 18 x [...]
When my “Sarah” drawing was first exhibited at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the founder’s wife appreciated it and invited me to create a similar life-size portrait of her husband, Crosby, a giant of a man and huge patron of the arts. They loved this portrait and it was later purchased by the museum [...]
Today I completed “Rick”, another large scale pen and ink drawing, this one measuring 75 x 45 inches on Arches 300 lb. hot press watercolor paper.
On March 19, 2007 after 240 hours of continuous drawing with pen and ink, I completed “Anthony”, a pen and ink drawing 83 x 45 inches on Arches 300 lb. hot press watercolor paper.
Yesterday (June 13, 2006) I completed a smaller drawing of two children, Ethan and Arianna. Pen and ink, but a denser line pattern — about 140 hours to complete on 45 x 31 inch Arches 300 lb. hot press watercolor paper. Here is a shot of the drawing plus some details — click the photos [...]
Another life-size pen and ink drawing (extra fine point rolling ball pen) — this one of Shannon and Danielle partially robed, about 90 inches by 45 inches on Arches 300lb hot press watercolor paper…
The first two papers I tried for this life-size figure drawing weren’t strong enough and they were torn to shreds relatively early in the process. I finally had success (after almost a month of experimenting) with Arches 300 lb. hot press watercolor paper — it is VERY strong and held up beautifully! The squiggly lines [...]