Friday, August 30, 2013
Seye took over soon afterward with some further 1-minute poses. The top three sheets here are all 1-minute studies. I was a little short on cheap cartridge paper so I put multiple studies per 16 x 24" sheet, some of which I had misted with india ink a couple of weeks before. The bottom two sheets are 5-minute studies. I had a spritzer bottle which delivered a finer mist thanks to Zia, and the lowest one is on a sheet of Canson Recycled Sketch paper half-misted with dilute black ink. All of thede are done with black Pentel brushpen on 18 x 24" sheets.
I ran out of time for getting into darker values, and I find these still a bit washed-out looking, but with potential.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Amanda's body is noticeably too large in comparison to her body in the middle one. Drawing heads inly in line I find especially tricky owing to how strategically they need to be placed, and how easy it is to overwork. This head study did all right, I thought.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
On the Saturday, Amanda jumped in to work at the Sackville sessions. These are 1-minute studies, done with a Pentel brushpen on 18 x 24" sheets of cartridge paper, several of which had been misted with indian ink and/or ochre-coloured ink.
Monday, August 26, 2013
Later I worked into the drawings with a soft graphite stick on the top one, and a medium oil-based pecil in the lower one, just on Carmina's forms and the chair. I had been looking at some Richard Diebenkorn work, and I do think that was informing my use of the surrounding architectural space.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013
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On the Sunday I went to the 519 Community Centre for their once-monthly drawing session, which happens from 10 - 1 on the 2nd Sunday of each month. The studio had been double-booked, so the session moved to the garden of one of the drawers, which was a nice treat, working under a canopy with diffuse natural light.
Jimmy was the model, and there are some 3-minute studies with brushpen on cartridge paper, and below is a 20-minute study done on Canson Mixed Media paper with brushpen and warm gray Copic markers.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
The study second from the bottom has a well-described figure, but an awkwardly handled face. I fell into the trap of trying to over-render facial details in black, rather than letting the mid-tone grays do the job more subtly.
The other three were better than average, in my estimation; now and then, with the best of intentions, part of a drawing just bombs.
All are on 18 x 24" sheets of cartridge paper. I was continuing with an exploration of pre-treated paper - misted with an ink mixture - before drawing.
The top three are done exclusively with with a Pentel brushpen. the lower two are brushpen with warm gray Copic markers.
In the lowest one I experimented with an after-the-fact vignette shape in the background. I like the idea of this, but this one didn't do it for me. Maybe it's vignette or ground line, but not both at once...
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
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These are, from the top, two 15-minute studies, a 20-minute one and a 10-minute one. The top two are on 18 x 24" sheets of Canson Recycled Sketch paper; the next is on an 18 x 24" sheet of Canson Mixed Media paper, and the bottom one is on an 18 x 24" sheet of cartridge paper.
All these are done with a range of warm gray Copic markers.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
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These are three 10-minute studies, done with a Pentel brushpen on 18 x 24" sheets of cartridge paper that I had selectively misted with india ink. The sheets with hard-line masked-off area made for an interesting graphic effect. The other one looks quite trippy with values reversed in Photoshop.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
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From the top, these are two 15-minute studies, a 20-minute one and a 10-minute one.
The top one is on 18 x 24" Canson Recycled Sketch paper and the other three are on 18 x 24" sheets of Canson Mixed Media paper. All are done with a range of Copic warm gray markers plus sone Pentel brush pen.
The 20-minute one has a better balance of black line to gray; with the brushpen, images can shift into an illustration/comic-y feel more readily than without it. On the 1st and 4th images I ran out of time, hence the varied degrees of detail on them. But the more fully developed areas do function as a focal point within the studies.