Sketchbook

Botanical Gardens

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.

Figure 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.

Figure Drawing for Fun

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.

Sketchbook Project 2019 - Vol. 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.

Coffee Shop - August 2018

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.

Sketchbook Project 2019 Vol.1

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.

Brooklyn Art Library Part III

Here's the last instalment of my story for the Brooklyn Art Library's Sketchbook Project.

Brooklyn Art Library Part II

Here's another instalment of my story for the Brooklyn Art Library's Sketchbook Project.

Coffee Shop Creeping - March 2018

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.

Coffee Shop Creeping - January 2018 Edition

Now I've that I've mostly switched back from using my sketchbook Moleskine to a plain notebook for coffee shop sketching, I'm being reminded pretty strongly of what a difference good paper makes. Ah, well - these are more about practice than developing finished work. 

Portrait Study

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.

Brooklyn Art Library

This is the first year I'd heard about the Sketchbook Project. I got very excited about it and ordered my book right pronto. Unfortunately, I had a number of other projects on the go, and it took me awhile to get started. Here are the first several pages.