Saturday, 30 August 2014

This Summer's Lantern!

There is a sad note to this year's lantern, as it was a memorial lantern for our friend Andrew.  Andrew was a long time member of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival Lantern Committee, known for his off-kilter humour and fabulous sense of style (purple hat and tutu!)  He passed away suddenly last year.
One of his favourite outfits was his Baby Cthulhu costume, and that became the inspiration for this little guy.  It was a tag team effort by me, Lin, Jessica and Nicole. I did the framework for the head, arms and legs.

These pictures show an almost-finished lantern.  Unfortunately I do not have a photo of the final lantern, with wings of green bubble wrap and yellow and red eyes.  This lantern was given to Andrew's family.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Geek Furniture

My Significant Other made the bench and I did the paint job.  It's made from scrap wood, salvaged from skids.  It holds three tiers of shoes and has a secret storage compartment at the back.

Skulls Day 2

Day two (Saturday) of playing with skull imagery.  I found an old envelope and I liked the pattern on the lining.  And I coloured a doodle (bottom image) and then played with it to get the all-blue image above it.
Interesting to see me loosening up.

Skulls Day 1

Original Drawing

With Photoshop manipulation

The Illustration Friday word this week is 'Skull'.  I'm going to try and draw a skull every day.  These are all from Friday.  I was looking at the Eyewitness Skeleton book.

The bottom two skulls represent my first attempt, sans reference book.  I ran a 'cutout' filter in Photoshop to achieve the bottom image.

Inky sketches

I taught a lot of art camps this summer, and I had my teen students do sketches with pen and ink.  It happens to be my favourite drawing tool.  These are some of my sketches from demonstrating the technique.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Work-in-Progress Afghan Hound Sketch

Just play and be surprised

This is a weird image, and I was surprised at every moment of its creation.  This summer I've been teaching children's and teens' art camps every day (hence the lack of posts lately!) This was an example for one of my Drawing and Painting classes.  We used a flashlight to cast silhouettes onto paper, and had a partner trace them.  Then we filled the shape up with collage, and painted over the collage images for interesting texture.  I draw back into the painting with pen and ink.

For some reason I started to incorporate anatomical imagery and that's what makes it so creepy.  I had no idea where this was going to go. I was really reminded of how stuck-in-a-rut I can get, and how freeing this was.  Freeing, and scary.  I need to remember that feeling and help my students embrace it in their work too.