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


  1. I have a couple of thoughts about the materiality of this image. First, these sketches evoke strong senses of place and character, and I think this owes to your sensitivity to the material of the makeup pencils. You've drawn contours very boldly and simply, which has created these solid characters. The pencils make thick, complex lines, which compliment your approach. Secondly, you've exploited the smudge-ability of the material to both define the form of the bodies and also make the scenes moody. Even those with white backgrounds gain in intrigue by contrast to the backgrounds of the rest. So nice job using the material you chose to make such interesting vignettes with so little.
    Which leads me to my second thought. They initially read more like vignettes than as parts of a single narrative. This sense is contradicted by the design choices you've made, though, such as the fact that they are all in uniformly sized boxes, and the faces all turn away from the edges of the page. On the page they are unified, while in their frames they are disparate.
    Thirdly, since this image includes the notebook you drew in, I am reminded of the McLuhan-ism that "the content of the new medium is the old medium." I think the 'russian-nesting-media' thing might be significant to what this blog is, although I'm not sure how, and I wonder what your thoughts are about the way your images are constructed and presented here.