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New Suit

By the Pool in a new suit

New Suit

The first warm day, the air is clean.
I was to long curled within, sun nibbles willing skin.
I dip my toe, that’s as far as I will go.

Nothing is getting wet. The suit I bought to match the lot, will wait till it is hot.
I smile as the children play, enticing me to join the fray.
From chattering teeth they shout ‘COME IN’, but it’s a bit too cold to swim.

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This is one of  the “sketches of spring” I will be attempting to make one a day, enjoy and share.

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Early

woman sitting on a sandy landscape

Fifteen minutes that’s all I get. Just time enough, time to sit. It’s just three take-five’s rolled in one. Early is on time for some.  Just me, my time to breath. I see a spot and feel the breeze. The sun warm on my skin, feet in sand the cool below. Alone but soon they’ll show, In my head I’ll greet them all, “Hello, and welcome y’all”.
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This is one of  the “sketches of spring” I will be attempting to make one a day, enjoy and share.

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Figure drawing event, Sketchbook look.

More figure drawing. I skipped into the figure drawing event today, like a kid going to get ice cream. The model was super and the lighting was challenging (in a good way).

The short 3 and 5 minute poses came first, then a cookie break and then back to drawing with some longer poses.

This time I didn’t forget to note the times for each drawing.

A three minute pose.

Getting into the 3 Minute thing, But I miss my blue pencil.

This one was super awesome, the model was doing a scary ‘ROAR’ pose but kept laughing. Looking at again I think I was able to get that in the drawing.

More three’s

Now some five minute drawings, the light is good on this one. going from 3 min to 5 min feels decadent.

The model has a pole, really focusing in on the hands and fingers.

Another pole 5 minute pole.

A 10 minute pose and I didn’t know what to do with myself, I spent the extra time on the hair.

Toes are very important. I continued working on the head (on the next page) after i ran out of space


Head hair and face, part of the previous 10 minute.

A twenty minute drawing, up went the hair. A had lots of time to think and see shadows.

The model picked up a guitar and I couldn’t resist working on the feet. They very rarely sit still. 20 min to be continued on the next page.
A quick Fun Fact: When I was in school our teacher, Mr Wyroba, had us draw 50 hands and 50 feet. At the time was was perplexed at the breath of such an undertaking. I remember the Michelangelo hand drawings and photocopies out of the ‘Anatomy for the Artist’ hands being passed around like they where cheat sheets. There were also the empty threats to do all fifty as middle finger salutes. I am so grateful for the support of my classmates and that lesson. I talk about the importance of hands and feet as a form of expression when ever I get the chance.

With 5 minutes-ish left I wanted to work on her hand holding the guitar.

Back to the feet for the last minute.

With this 20 minute I wanted to map some color. The light was taunting me with blue shadows.

Yes that is a giant guitar, very flat and it was hard to change my paradigm so I wrote it in.

A nice outline.

The last 15 minute, I think the model fell asleep on this one, I was able to focus on the face here.

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Fly go by

woman flinging her top like a rubber band

Fly go by

Buzz buzz a nasty thing woke me from a sun filled dream. I saw a Fly go by, so I took my top off and sent it high. I pulled and pulled till the strings went twang then I launched at that tiny thing. It took a sec I used my eye aiming carefully down the line. The Fly saw me cocking back and almost had a heart attack. With a bit of a huff the fly began to fuss. “Me!” it said, “Oh no, why would you go semi-nude, just to swat this awesome dude”.

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This is one of  the “sketches of spring” I will be attempting to make one a day, enjoy and share.

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Fields of Flowers

 Fields of flowers

Fields of flowers first pink and blue, I bought a suit that will sneak me through. Then today purple and yellow. I have been waiting all week things are on schedule. I bought this suit weeks ago to match a landscape, I’m not allowed to go. The bunnies will be playing ball, I will creep softly among them all. They will not see me. ‘Shh’, is what I think as one comes near. I hold my breath with hope and fear. It’s little nose sniffs the air. I feel so happy then I see… they are all staring at me. All at once they charge my way. I jump but i’m too slow. They tickle me from head to toe. I guess they just want to play.

This is one of  the “sketches of spring” I will be attempting to make one a day, enjoy and share.

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Street art… Class!

Great working coming out of class this week. Jack pounded out character after character, so fast I didn’t get a picture of them all, “I’m just going to paint over this”.   Nicole nailed it with a 4 panel piece “Life”. The effort she’s putting into sketching is coming though in her can control and line work.

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Nicole rocking a “LIFE” piece.

SAT-16 getting busy

Finishing or starting?

Character #3

Done, SAT-16.

LIFE with green 3D.

Done, ‘LIFE’, Nicole.

 

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Figure drawing event, Sketchbook look.

Lots of figure drawing lately. It is good to draw like this again. I went to a class in Alpharetta, the ‘Alpharetta Figure Drawing/Painting Group’. They have a nice academic format, ten to twenty one minute warm ups, then some five and ten minute drawings. Oh and did I mention the cookies, lots of cookies. Then after a cookie break we do some longer poses.

On this day, my first time at the event I forgot to note the times for each drawing… fear not I will fix that in the future.

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This was a short pose, I felt like warming up with hands. First time sketch live models in two plus years.

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More hands to warm up, feeling good now.

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I am able to get some back and face in this one, I think the lighting was very challenging, that’s a good thing, so it took a minute to find my values.

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Now some feet.

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Toes, need to do some toes… Fake means from memory.  While she was changing poses, maybe..

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Ahh a slightly longer pose. I like the ‘lay’ of the hand in this one.

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Again the light was challenging I remember trying to find shadows.

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This was a long pose 10 or 15 minutes, I think…

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The model was switching poses and seamed so naturally at rest while she rubbed her hands, I think it might have been cold in the studio.

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Last and longest pose.

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Class notes and homework

Hola class…

Homework

  1. Practice letter forms, pick words  containing two vowels (like: seam, hoaps, lazer, or denim, feel free to make up words).

Examples

  1. This intersecting style below shows the construction of the letter, when using this alphabet erase overlapping/intersecting lines as needed to make the letter whole.
  2. This Alphabet adds a bit more style to the ‘straight letter’ style above. You can use this out for that to experiment with style. Remember the better you understand the construction of a letter the easier it will be to style it.

  3. For review, how to make a letter…

    and, drop shadows…Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 3.13.12 PM

 

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Class notes and homework W1

Hola class…

Homework

  1. Find examples of patterns, bring 3-5 in for use in next piece (They can be anything… digital, printed, downloaded or photos).

Materials

  1. Sketch book 11″ × 8½”, a black book with smooth pages. Like this available where ever you like to by supplies.
  2. Markers, Pick a few 4-8 colors to start, as we move forward you can add more. You find them at DickBlick or you can shop/Google for ‘touch’ markers on line (something like this). FYI: Things shipped from china and can take WEEKS.
  3. Pencil and eraser

Videos and more for reference…

  1. Style Wars‘ by Henry  Chalfant.
  2. Exit Thought The Gift Shop‘ by Banksy it’s on netflix.
  3. https://www.instagram.com/ellestreetart/
  4. https://www.instagram.com/delvs102/
  5. https://twitter.com/GraffitiEngine

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Making isometric robots

robot army

I’m having a great time playing with isometric robots.. I’m using #madewithpaper / fiftythree.com, more drawings, musing and doodles at alexfeliciano.com.

small robot
Robotic fart.
Main street robot
Main street with giant robots.
robotic vehicle
Isometric robotic vehicle ready for action.
Rogue robot
Rogue robot, isometric style. The pink Breadstick delivery robot.
Pink and blue robots.
Mr. Pink as a robot.
robot army
No. 41 please step out of line. A portrait of a pink robot army, fading into the distance.