we went to life drawing class at 107 projects tonight. Syd Mead said that if you can draw people, you can pretty much draw anything (paraphrasing), so I’d like to practice more. I’m happy with a couple of these. I was trying rough outline of shapes and concentrating on shading the shadows. one lady asked about the other colours so I showed her the pastels. J’s lines are amazing – I need to practice looser lines, and seeing & drawing volumes. and find my line at all. these are 5mins, 10mins, 15min poses – I’d arrived late so missed the 1-2 min poses. my proportions are out most of the time so this needs improvement. the model walked around later and looked at everyone’s drawings. he said he thought my last one of him “everything is expanding”, so hopefully that’s a good thing?
adding them all here, so if I keep going throughout the year, I can look back and (hopefully) see improvements, and my line. these are charcoal (vine + thicker), white charcoal/pastel and coloured conte crayons
my time with OCA is finishing today, though I will continue to study via short classes and personal research. other websites of mine related to my textiles study are listed below. hopefully I can re-enrol with OCA again later, once I practice more mark making, drawing and sketchbook work plus save up money again for the classes.
- textiles reading list ::: links to textiles related articles & readings I come across — textiles, fibre, fabric manipulation, art, printing, painting, drawing, art books, projects, communities and artists
- textile arts calendar ::: textile arts listings for projects, workshops and exhibitions
- haptic human ::: handmade haptics ::: exploring the human touch in handmade objects — this will cover multiple disciplines including textiles
- dropping the feed dogs ::: textiles related projects I’ve made / worked on
- explorations in textiles facebook page ::: the facebook page for this site, explorations in textiles
in this exercise we were to take photos of shapes, colours we liked near home and then make drawings of them. click on the photos below to see larger versions of them
the first is a closeup of the bark from a banana tree. I liked the pattern of the lines and textures — the diagonal lines adjacent to the horizontal lines. I tried drawing this using different media — crayons, copic pens, felt pens, derwent pencils, inktense pencils, artbars, charcoal and pitt artist pens.
the second is another closeup of the banana tree. I like the lines once again and the blending of colours and graduation of lines. I tried to show these in my drawings using crayons, pencils, prismacolour pencils, conte pastels and copic pens
this is a closeup of granite in a wall near my apartment. I like the texture mixed with the lines of the decorative scratches, and the tones of the greys. I tried to show these qualities in my drawings using art graf soluable watercolour graphite, pitt artist pens, posca white pen, pencils and copic pens.
the last photo was taken whilst I was on holidays – it’s an interesting rock wall formation showing sharp edged geometric rocks tightly packed together. it was next to a stream (the Tarra River) in southern Victoria. I love the geometric lines and tones of colours in the “V” shaped part of the rock wall.
I tried to replicate the colour tones in watercolour, though I think I overdid them. I added black lines to define the shape of the rocks and provide some shading with pencil.