At Home with Pencil and Paper

While I struggled with the advertising projects, the Life Drawing classes were an oasis for me. I felt like I had finally come home and was losing myself in the homework. I understood this. It was basic. It was kinetic. It involves the whole being – spirit, mind, body – as well as many senses that are untouched in my computer work (which is still very left-brained for me.) It is difficult to explain. 

When in the lab, I lose track of all time and the world is upright. Nothing else matters but the challenge before me, and I fell in love with capturing  in graphite the reality I was experiencing. This then translated over to my technical pen work, which can be seen in my Corporate Communications final and this year’s Christmas cards. It also inspired me to pull out my oils and brushes once more and start painting my beloved Christmas ornaments.

I came back to the “me” I love being… the artist me… the me who loves the world she sees through appreciative artist’s eyes. I am happy and it is impacting more than just my school experience… it is eveloping my whole world.

Here is my final lab drawing on my large sketchbook.  This is with a live model who would stand for 20 minutes at a time, then take a 10 min break. Each time she came back the folds in her clothing would change, so that was a challenge. One of my fellow students wasn’t thrilled with the back view, but the front view involved a shirt full of ruffles and a textured vest… I think this was the easier view for the timeframe we had (2 hours or so). I could do this all day long!

Sketchbook: Holiday Style

The final weeks of my sketchbook for Life Drawing were gearing more towards the topic of Christmas. This included documenting my ornament painting, a poinsettia we had, as well as reaching back into my photography class last year and using my Mary/Jesus  images to create this year’s Christmas cards.

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Sketchbook: Heads and Hands

Another study we did was on the planes of the face as well as self portraits. I did 4 of myself and liked none of them, but I am including the one our instructor liked best.

I am also including a couple of my studies on hands. These were sketched sitting in the chiropractor’s office right before class! Talk about doing your homework at the last minute.

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Sketchbook: Masters

Sketchbook homework often included copying a Master drawing. I hope to continue with this exercise because it was extremely helpful to study their particular styles.

DaVinci’s horse, a study of how architecture imitates the human form, Michelangelo’s figure: