More than halfway through my first semester at ACAD, I can’t believe how busy I’ve been. I’ve learned that success in my perspective-based drawing class is all about solid preparation, design fundamentals is much more challenging than I expected, and that I didn’t miss English class as much as I thought I did. I miss having time for my own practice, but I’m really learning a lot.
We're in Calgary as of this month. It's only a week until school starts for both kiddo and myself, and I'm feeling pretty excited. This week I get to do fun stuff like registering Lyra with her school and picking up my student id and transit pass. I've managed to get out a few times in all the madness to work in my coffee shop book, but I may need to give it a new title. New locations include parks, libraries and Ikea - and I'm sure ACAD will also be a target in the near future.
Here are the first pages of my book for the 2019 Brooklyn Art Library's Sketchbook Project. I chose the theme 'Go-Between.' After my last book (all black and white and straight-up ink), I wanted to do something completely different, so here I am with paper cut-outs, markers, stitching, paint and vellum.
Another funny little piece, 'Her Glory's Full Arsenal.' 2018. Ink and coloured pencil on paper, 5" x 7"
I started this collage almost a year ago, when I was mapping out my 'Patrons' piece. There were a great many drawings of people leaning and sitting that I didn't want to waste, so they were given their own space. I've worked on it on and off, but just recently received the nudge I needed to hunker down and get it finished.
It's been a big month: now that I've been accepted into ACAD, we're prepping to sell our house and move to Calgary. That means there's not a lot of time for art making. With that said, I'm still making a point of visiting my favourite coffee shop once a week. Once the house is finally on the market, maybe I'll find time to complete the few projects I've left hanging.
Lyra has been drawing her fantasy houses lately and it got me doodling. Doodling turned to some serious thought, and then I pulled out my rusty skills in perspective. I did this kind of thing as a kid, too, and my dad still brings it up from time to time. Please note: I've continued the tradition of balconies, slides and pools.
And here she is.
At last, I'm coming to the end of my portfolio building, and I'm looking to do a portrait of my daughter. Since I haven't made anything in the 'messy' mediums (since a 2B pencil hardly counts), I thought this might be the time to bring out the chalk pastels. I used to work with them often, but I've been a much more tidy artist in the last decade.
In fact, it's funny to reflect on my former preference for getting my hands dirty, and the evolution to my currently anal retentive self. I must become more practical as I age. Now I think about storage, framing, cat footprints, not to mention messing up my desk and risking smudges on other/future projects. Pastels and charcoal simply don't fall into those concerns nicely, so I avoid them.
This study was fun, nonetheless, and quite quick. I'm thinking of making a larger finished piece, but may make a change to washes instead. If I do, it would likely be out of cowardice, so I'm trying to talk myself into sticking with the pastels.