a few more bee sketches in different media — I’m thinking of trying some of these in stitch (a cross between junko oki’s work and jude hills’ work such as this circle & the final piece in ‘considering weave’ — my own interpretation of it) and also as the fabric manipulation exercises for assignment 3. (to save time, and work on theme practice plus exercises at the same time).
basket weave for eyes
plus some other general sketches — I’m also trying to practice sketching things from my day or local area. some are done in a small notebook whilst out and about.
I still haven’t separated my theme book from regular sketch book — must work on this. it’s just more convenient to put everything into one book..
another exercise I learned from one of Carla Sonheim’s classes, is to practice seeing shapes — animals and other things, in the cracks and lines and shadows on the footpath and other places. I think this might be a type of pataphysical drawing exercise too.
collating some of them here — most a “imaginary animals” or “blobimals” as it’s fun to draw them, and they seem to be everywhere once you start looking! it’s like finding animals in the clouds.
some I’ve done:
and some shapes I’ve collected and am yet to draw the “blobimals”:
some are obvious, and others less so..
sometimes I don’t have my drawing materials with me so I’ve started making quick drawings on the ipad. collating them here..
some are freehand scribbles / warm up drawings and others I trace photos on different layers — selecting which lines/details to include in the drawing.
I read about the “brushes” ipad app so I’ve been trying it out this weekend. it allows you to draw in layers. so far I’ve been roughly tracing photos from my photos collection to practice and get a feel for drawing lines and objects & people. I know we should do more freehand drawing, but i get quite disheartened that mine don’t look like the original, that I don’t feel like doing any more. with the tracings, i can see the image coming through and it’s teaching me to see the shapes better, and to select which lines and shapes and shadings to include and which to leave out. i think this is half the battle of drawing – deciding what to include and what to discard that still gets your message across. I’m using my finger to draw with and still getting the hang of the app’s brushes too, so even though I’m tracing, it’s still not looking exactly like the original. but hopefully it’s training my hand eye co-ordination a bit (more than not drawing at all). here’s the first attempts.