"Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind". - Henry James

Friday, July 30, 2010

Drawing Lab 7 Monkey Business

For this Lab I used reference photos from this Flickr gallery here

Each drawing was done on white card stock.  For the first monkey I used a PaperMate felt pen, Cretacolor Aquamonolith crayons in perm. red dark, orange, cad. citron, and ultramarine.  I touched a few places with a moistened brush to blend the colors.

For the baboon I used a Pilot V Razor Point extra fine pen, Caran d'Ache Neocolor II watersoluble crayon in Emerald Green, and soft pastel in pink and lavender.  The Pilot V pen is watersoluble and makes interesting shadows when it mixes with the watersoluble crayons and pastels.  

Next Lab is Imaginary Creatures.  

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Drawing Lab 3 My Pet Project

I spent a wonderful hour drawing my friends' chicks the other day.  I couldn't do much more than gesture drawings because they move constantly, unless they're sleeping.

At first I thought it was important to place the eye.  And then I realized it was more important the get the legs and feet right.  I hope to go back soon because chicks grow and change amazingly quickly.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Drawing Lab 6 Index Card Multiples

For Lab 6 - Index Card Multiples I used an old photo of my dog for reference.  The assignment is to do several (I think she suggested 20 - I did 21) drawings of the same image on index cards using a chisel-point marker.  The idea is to work quickly and not to think too, too much.  You can't get much detail or to be too fussy with such a large marker on the small index cards.

It was fun and I love looking at them all together!  I'm not sure what I am going to do with them.  I may carve a stamp from one of them or put one or two into Photoshop and add color or patterns.  It might help me learn some functions in Photoshop.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Drawing Lab 4 Part I @ VINS (Vermont Institute of Natural Science)

I'm working my way through Carla Sonheim's fabulous book, Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists.  Labs 4 and 5 are "A Day at the Zoo".

Yesterday I took myself on an "Artist's Date" to VINS (Vermont Institute of Natural Science) www.vinsweb.org for a drawing outing.  They rehabilitate injured birds and care for birds who can not be released due to injury or who have become unafraid of humans.  

I had a wonderful time drawing the birds.  Owls, hawks, vultures.  I love them all!  It was a delight to be able to get close enough to observe and draw them.  

Unfortunately I didn't get to the buildings where they are rehabilitating injured birds, raising orphaned baby birds, and housing the song birds (next time).  I also drove through some absolutely lovely countryside in Vermont and had a fabulous sandwich called an "Ethan Allen" at Heritage Deli and Bakery in Chester.  If you find yourself in the Woodstock, Vermont area, do take a trip to VINS.