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.
This was a short pose, I felt like warming up with hands. First time sketch live models in two plus years.
More hands to warm up, feeling good now.
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.
Now some feet.
Shoulders and chest.
Toes, need to do some toes… Fake means from memory. While she was changing poses, maybe..
Ahh a slightly longer pose. I like the ‘lay’ of the hand in this one.
Again the light was challenging I remember trying to find shadows.
This was a long pose 10 or 15 minutes, I think…
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.
This is an old piece I found hiding in a friends room, it was never finished. I thought about re-working the canvas but decided to digitally work it instead. This is my first attempt. I’m using Paper53 on the iPad with a digital stylus ‘Pencil’, all very strange and fun. #madewithpaper / fiftythree.com
Practice letter forms, pick words containing two vowels (like: seam, hoaps, lazer, or denim, feel free to make up words).
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.
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.
For review, how to make a letter…
and, drop shadows…
Find examples of patterns, bring 3-5 in for use in next piece (They can be anything… digital, printed, downloaded or photos).
Sketch book 11″ × 8½”, a black book with smooth pages. Like this available where ever you like to by supplies.
Markers, Pick a few 4-8 colors to start, as we move forward you can add more. You find them at DickBlickor you can shop/Google for ‘touch’ markers on line (something like this). FYI: Things shipped from china and can take WEEKS.
I was poking around looking for some website inspiration and came across ‘design portfolio packs punch‘. I just wanted to add a few things… Like in the ‘Select your projects’ and ‘Look to the future’ part it talks about picking Items to show in your portfolio. I would encourage you to focus on picking projects you enjoyed working on. Most likely will want to work on more of them in the future. If you offer up the one’s that match your prospective clients, or that seem to be the shiniest you might find yourself doing work, rather than enjoying your work. That could lead to a portfolio full of stuff you don’t enjoy ( yuck ).
‘Demonstrate critical thinking’ and ‘Use context’ areas are about your relationship to the project. How and why did you ‘grid’, ‘responsive’, or ‘interaction’. Most projects aren’t done in a vacuum and I would encourage you to touch on the collaborative effort that went into those projects. Highlight how well you work with others. If you have good interaction with teams and/or clients your future clients will want that goodness.
I have mixed feelings about the ‘Choose the right platform’ idea. I encourage you to explore a bit and see what works for you. I am old enough to remember when portfolios had to be mail out with return postage. Some of the packages that came in where as creative as the work inside. That is rarely the rule but a pleasant surprise when it did happen. There is no reason not to have a ‘safe’ portfolio and something more ‘exploratory’ The web has shifted the ‘barrier to entry’ in your favor.
I have an artist I would like to tell you about Miguel Ovalle, the website is Dizmology.com. We have been friends his since 1993 when I met him in miami. In 1994 he showed up to school in a homemade mask. It was made out of matte board, tape and glue and styled like a power rangers helmet. I could not fathom at that time how he did it and found myself unable to think of anything else, I was making masks that weekend. He is still sculpting, painting and making amazing things. This is a solo project he is working on called ‘Encryption‘ and it is at the SuperChief Gallery the opening is February 5th 2015 at 6 – 11pm. He will be showing a large installation and have prints and some originals (limited) available for sale. More on his FaceBook page, and Twiiter feed
Miguel preparing for the installation. Super matte black to start.
The transformation starts to take place, Miguel applies flat yellows and reds.
When the sculpture is placed, floating, on top the installation is only half done.
Here is some video of the project… You can hear the reaction to the lights, I wish I could see this thing in person!
Doodling while eating my noodling. More from the sketchbook, I have had little time to work on paintings but that is because my studio is in a state of neglect becoming the dumping ground for lots of great ideas that need to be worked on.
This is the start of that painting, ‘P on the couch.’ Lots of work head, two more sittings (six to twelve hours) with this one, Maybe more. See sketch from a few days ago. Getting the light right is going to be fun.