Wednesday, 25 June 2014
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
Monday, 23 June 2014
Tuesday, 17 June 2014
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
Friday, 13 June 2014
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.