My drawing class made a trip to the Devonian Gardens this week, in preparation for our next project, which will be an information pen and ink drawing.
From ‘figure drawing for fun’ to ‘figure drawing for class,’ and lots of it. But this was all very enjoyable: a few pages of planar figures, and a few more of tonal. We were able to draw at our leisure for this assignment, working from photos or imagination, rather than live models.
I went to a great class recently with a terrific model. We’ll be doing some figure sessions at ACAD in the next few weeks, so this was a great warm-up.
My 2019 Sketchbook Project, all in one place. <3
The winter holidays were go-time to finish my second book for the Brooklyn Art Library Sketchbook Project. What a super project it was! After a semester of non-stop micro-planning for every assignment, it was wonderful to work on something so intuitive and fun.
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.
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.
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.
I whipped up these little postcard sized drawings for a Yankee Swap I'll be attending tonight. Happy Festivus!