Friday, January 29, 2016

Three Things: People Sketches

In art school we had figure drawing classes, where a model was payed to sit still for three hours and we could draw them. I don't take those classes any more. Instead I draw people during church. Here are three sketches I have made of people over the past couple weeks. Unfortunately you can only get a few positions of people when you draw them like this. They are always seated and your usually have either a profile or a back-of-the-head view. But it is still better than no practice at all!

1. I did this drawing in felt-tipped black Sharpie. My favourite part about drawing these ladies was their hair. I was drawn to the different ways it curled and draped. It is actually a grandmother and granddaughter from my church. 

2. This is a father with his young son asleep on his lap. When my friend saw it he called it "Rasputin and Child". I don't know what that means, but I thought it was funny. i think he may have been struck by the contrast of the overworked style I used for the man's face and the simple lines of the boy. Sheldon thought it was like a Mary Cassatt painting. I will take that compliment! Thank you!

3. This final one is a profile of my friend Jordi. There is not much to say about it. 

Monday, January 25, 2016

From My Sketchbook

Dear Friends,
I have been away from your for many weeks. Partly because I was entrenched in finals. Then I was travelling back and forth from the Czech Republic. 
Then I was feeling uninspired. 
After thinking long about how to get back into blogging I thought I would begin by just sharing pages from my sketchbook. This way I can ease into it again with artwork I have been making in my spare time. 

I drew this during a Philosophy class in the first week of school. I sat through the first class to decide if I wanted to take it. I very quickly realised that I did not like the professor's teaching style. I felt like I couldn't just walk out of the class, but I also felt like I wouldn't get much out of the reading of the syllabus. So I set myself a task to draw twelve miniature portraits of my classmates using only the makeup pencils I had in my bag. This was the result. In the end I did not feel like the class period was wasted. 

Thanks for coming back to my blog. It is good to be back. 

Lucy Rose