Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Vancouver DrawDown Part 2

Drawdown is wow!  such a great event.  I believe everyone can draw, can enjoy making marks, can find their own style, and can improve with a little bit of guidance and practice.  And from what I saw, everyone was getting really into it!

Drawing can be so silent, hidden (covert sketching of oblivious fellow bus-riders for example).... Drawdown is the one day where the 'drawers' come out of the woodwork and nod at each other.  There's no need to talk but there's the shared experience of drawing something together and seeing others' viewpoints of the same subject.

I did a four hour workshop on costume design in the morning and then squeaked in one more hour of draped (as in, not naked) life drawing at Emily Carr University.  It's been a long time since I've done that, and I felt rusty but I'd had a good warm-up.  It was a marathon of drawing that day!  My favourites are the 1 minute gesture drawings (second image from the top).

I've contacted the organizers and pitched some ideas for drawing workshops for next year so I'm looking forward to getting even more involved!

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

lantern tee 2014

Another summer, another lantern, another lantern tee screenprint design.  I've submitted these two and I'll let you know how the vote goes.

Dog sketches

Some sketches of dog breeds that I would like to go further with, try adding some colour.  Blogger makes them look really grey for some reason.

Monday, 23 June 2014

'Summer' Sketch

The Illustration Friday word this week is 'Summer' and I did this little painting quickly today...
I have a few other ideas but this has charm.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Vancouver DrawDown Part 1

Last Saturday, June 14th, I participated in the Vancouver DrawDown and had a blast!  The event is to get everyone in the city drawing, (and facing the 'I can't draw' fear). There were over 40 workshops so it was hard to pick what to do!

 I attended a 4 hour workshop with costume designer Sheila White at the Arts Club Theatre and learned a lot.  We warmed up with blind contour drawings, then drew classmates posing, then finally drew costumes from imagination.  With costume design, the sketches are working drawings, not precious works of art. They are meant to be done quickly, and should (hopefully) convey a sense of character, gesture and a clear idea of how the costume is cut, without being too detailed. These four drawings all took me 10-15 minutes each.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Old-timey Miner 49er

Not sure where the inspiration for this came from, but I drew him on the bus one day and I like him.

Sick day drawing

Drew this last month when I had an awful cough.

Friday, 13 June 2014

My first portrait egg

This was my first custom egg order and my first time attempting a portrait of a person.  And it was a double portrait!  This was done just like my other Ukrainian Easter Eggs, with a wax resist technique.  That means I was covering up parts of the image with black wax as I worked!  I worked on two eggs at one (one with a green background, top two images, and one in shades of brown, blue and cream, lower three images) because I didn't know if either of them would turn out.  Fortunately they both did and the client chose the green egg.

I've been searching the internet and as far as I can tell, nobody is doing portraits on eggs with this technique.

Friday, 6 June 2014

Puppet Workshop!

I'm teaching a puppet workshop tomorrow at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire.  This guy is made from a cardboard spool that used to hold thread for a serger.  His mouth, well the entire top of his head, is moved up and down by the rod coming out the bottom.
I call him Merv.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Quail Eggs!

Through the wonders of Craigslist, I now am in possession of two dozen (and change) of lovely tiny white quail eggs, which will be transformed into the teensiest of pysanky, and hopefully earrings!

Monday, 2 June 2014

Window Painting- Pet Store

I did a window painting for a pet store in Burnaby to celebrate spring.  A dog and cat in one corner, and a border of spring flowers all around!  I used a Sharpie pen to do the line work and tempera paint to fill in.