This is one of the drawings from my Drawing 101 class. The first thing we learned was how to draw lines. Honestly, I hadn’t done to well with the previous projects and when I saw the display on the table, I wanted to tell the instructor I was sick and needed to go home. However, I knew that wasn’t an option. I did my usual setup and then I sat there. I sat there and blankly looked out at the curved edges of almost every item on the table and I thought about how much I screwed up the other drawings. I thought about how I wanted to draw something else, that wasn’t just empty lines, and that maybe everyone was right and I shouldn’t have taken this class. Finally people started to take breaks from their work, get snacks and drinks from the vending machine, and talk in the hall. My phone buzzed and it was a friend sending me a smiley face and telling me he hoped I was having fun. Then I remember why I took the class; It wasn’t to get an A it was my down time. It was the place where I didn’t have to think about the dysfunction and drama in my life; it was a place for me to grow. My problems ended at the door on Monday nights for three hours I had peace, that’s what this class was about. I put my ear buds in and blasted Elton John as I drew my picture. My teacher tapped me on the shoulder and with a big smile and said, “ Not sure what changed, but you nailed this project, you have an A.” After that I always took ear buds with me to draw. I had a lot of fun drawing this, because I let loose. I just let go of the world around me and got lost in the moment. I get so lost in time when I am creating things and I think that’s a wonderful thing, when you love something so much and you don’t even feel time passing as you do it.
In a previous post I talked how much I love incorporating fabric into my art, or making it the subject matter. I am not sure why I love it so much, perhaps because it’s a classic subject, it gives the piece a rich feel, or because it’s so versatile. The first fabric piece I did was one of the most challenging things I have ever drawn. I wasted three sheets of paper on the project, because I was lost before I even began. Maybe I will rewrite the post on my drawing 101-fabric piece and show you all the failed attempts! However, that piece created a love of this subject matter that will last a lifetime. This piece is my sheets. I was getting ready to make my bed and I liked how it looked. So, being the “focused” person I am, I drew the sheets and forgot to make the bed. 🙂
This is a charcoal drawing of my partner’s clavicle, long before he became my significant other. Up until this point I had only done outline sketching with the exception of one quick attempt during my art class and a few self-portraits. When I originally met my partner, we clearly defined ourselves as friends. However, I did notice several attributes about him I found highly appealing, okay a lot of attributes, but some more than others. One of them being his clavicle; I have always had a thing for that particular part of the human body, but his perfect and I really wanted to draw it. After several months of knowing him I asked if I could have a picture and explained why, he agreed and I began this drawing. Like most of my drawings, I start off by filling in the entire background; once I have covered my paper I smooth my medium in with felt (this creates a smooth and well blended surface). Then I add the dark and light values to dictate where my harder values and defined lines should be placed. I find that when I draw like this I have a well-proportioned subject. As I have mentioned in other posts, allowing my subject to run off the paper has become a targeted style for me. I feel it gives my art a freedom not confining it to the boundaries of the paper.
This was the midterm drawing assignment for my Drawing 101 class. The first part was to cut out a 12×12 board and hot glue random stuff to it. Over lap it, layer it, tare things apart on it, just fill it were the instructions, so I did. I found all kinds of cool stuff to place on the board and it seemed like every time I turned around something new and cool appeared. The next class couldn’t have been easier, we measure out 16, 4×4 squares. I thought this was going to be a walk in the park till our teacher told us that we would be using a magnifying glass over the next three weeks to draw textures from the board, yes I did say texture! her words were and I quote ” I want to be able to feel like I could physically touch the drawing and feel it”. This was the hardest drawing I ever did and I swore I would never do it again……till I did, but that is another blog. Let me know if you can figure out what is in each square.
This was one of my first colored pencil drawing. I spent my 16 birthday overseas and my Uncle Jimmy gave me a very nice set of colored pencil set to take with me. He knew how much I enjoyed art and thought I would enjoy sketching with them. At that point I didn’t know anything about colored pencils and when I attempted to use them I quickly decided they were not for me. almost a decade later I decided to try my had at actually create something that didn’t look like my two-year old’s drawings. After watching a few tutorials online this was the outcome. I know improvement is needed, but not a bad first attempt.
I love fabric as a subject. I think the flow and depth is incredibly beautiful. I had done fabric in other still-lifes, but I had never done fabric as the subject. When the instructor told the class this is what we would be doing I was excited, at that point I did not realize how difficult this drawing was going to be. I started it over and over again, mainly because I did not know where to begin. I found that doing fabric for the background is quite different from doing it as the subject. This project was one of the most challenging I have done, but it also taught me so much. I would encourage anyone who really wants to take their drawing skills to a new level to work with fabric. So much can be learned from this subject and the possibilities are endless. I am very happy with this drawing, but I made two noticeable mistakes that really stand out of me. It took me a while to embrace them, can you find them?
I love my mannequin hand!