Thursday, October 18, 2007

Drawing on glass

These are my first attempts to draw or paint on glass with some new bullseye powders. They are 3 1/2 x 5". I've got to loosen up my line so the dancers "dance" Now on to the big glass!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Dancing with the Stars

Well I tried it again! It is getting easier to do, the figure drawing I've done has helped but getting the clothing to look possible is another skill to work on. The first sketch was free enough to try using watercolor, my sketch and wash watercolor pencil did its own abstraction on the one with the yellow. The blue skirt is the only finished pat of the next one, will they ever get thier arms?

This one was real fast, they need a ground line to look right.

This dancer sure could move! Her hair and dress went wild!

I did this one 3 times, the faster I sketch the more motion ( less stiffness) I get.

I hope I'll have time to try one in glass today!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Art Glass Guild Patio Sale

If you love glass this is a great place to see allot of it. The largest art glass show in Southern California. 6th Annual Patio Show. The whole patio in Spanish Village is full of hand made Glass. The little image in the upper right of the postcard is my work. Studio 25 has my work year round. If I don't post again soon it's because I'm busy getting ready.

EDM #56 and Helen's class 5

Helen had us do an interesting set of drawings, starting with an out of focus slide that you could barely see the face features. She suggested charcoal and gum eraser so you could pull out highlights. Working from general to specific information, every few minutes she focused and made the image more concise. I guess the same general principal as squinting at your subject to determine light and darks and general composition. I've worked very little with portraiture so it was quite a challenge for me. These are 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 8B graphite on card stock. (charcoal is so messy) I always think I'll get back to them and finish........on to the next thing. Someone asked for an ugly subject for the 3rd one, those are extended lips! For that one I used a pen and did not darken the features as I knew I would not have the option to pull out lights.

My quick self portrait is hard to post as I've heard others express. It is also pen on card stock, doesn't look like me, I've given myself bigger eyes and I look younger than I am. Helen's exercises gave me a little confidence to try. I would feel acomplished if I could draw a person that actually like them. I will keep trying.