Life Drawing – 2

Session 2 – December, 2012

I’ve always found male figures a challenge to draw. Female figures usually have a fluid line that I find helps me join the bits together, or emphasises force or movement, but males – they’ve got unexpected planes, flat bits, and angles where I expect curves. It really pushes the learning to see side of drawing and helps me avoid making assumptions about the anatomy.

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Life Drawing – 1

Session 1 – November, 2012

I started going to life drawing with a couple other illustrator friends. It’s been years (probably more than 10) and I’m super rusty. So this begins a series of posts of wonky figure drawings. Hopefully there will be some improvement over the course of the next year, and hopefully I can keep finding the time to go.

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Sketchbook – Oregon Coast

Nye Beach, Oregon
(photo by Darren)

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I went on vacation, a camping trip down the Oregon Coast. Because we were driving, and there was no packing for airplanes involved, I brought an oil kit down with me too. I’ve never done plein air oil painting before. The first attempt was not so successful as a painting, but successful as far as being a totally enjoyable process (and there were grey whales spouting not too far off the shore – I don’t get to see that when painting in the studio). I can’t wait to give it another go.
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Beverly Beach, Oregon
Beverly Beach, Oregon
study, oil on board, 5″x7″

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Although though we were down for 10 days, I didn’t manage to get as much time to paint as I hoped – time flew by and we moved around to a few different spots – Nehalam, Beverly Beach, Champoeg, & finished up in Portland (where we rounded out the trip with a comfy hotel room, some great food, and tasty cocktails). Now that we know what part of the coast we liked best, and we’re hoping to return again another time for a longer stretch in one location.

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Sketchbook – Bowen Island

I spent a couple of days last weekend on a two Bowen Island beaches, trying to get this watercolour thing to work for me, while remaining zen about the mistakes. I need to work much, much harder on editing out the unnecessary details, eliminating the overworking, and getting more confident with making marks.

Cates Beach (1)

Cates Beach (2)

Cates Beach (3)

Bowen Bay

Sketchbook – Kaua’i

At long last! A blog post! Work took over my life for a very long time but I managed a Hawaiian getaway in the middle of things (but didn’t completely get away from work while I was there). These are a few non-work related things I got up to:

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National Tropical Botanical Garden Gift Shop, Kaua’i | March, 2012 | watercolour in Hand•Book trav•e•logue journal, 140 lb, 3.5″x11″

I haven’t painted for ages and it felt like I was starting all over again, but I’ve still got 950 bad paintings in me so I’m not too worried at this point. It was just nice to finally get outside and have a break from creating stuff on screens.
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Sketchbook – Summer Myth

The Myth of Perpetual Summer

The Myth of Perpetual Summer
pencil & charcoal on vellum + digital

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This is my own personal myth (though not a literal illustration) – it’s, in part, a reference to my birth, my relationship with my family, to half remembered things from early childhood that have been built upon over the years as those memories invariably are. Childhood memories are mythic by their very nature. The snippets of what our adult selves would consider an insignificant event live huge and special and terrible and wonderful in that child-aged part in our minds. It’s partly also about the significance of bees, to myself, to summer memories marked by bee-stings earned by bare-feet on clover choked lawns, and to significance (and current crisis) of bees in the general world-sense. And finally, it is about the way time moves during summer–the accordion folding of one summer into another as one ages, tinged more and more with the the reluctant acceptance that, while long summer days seem to say otherwise, things end.

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