Here are the pics of the recycled paper dress from before. I fixed a few things that ripped and added some details. This dress is now showing in Cambridge, NY at the Valley Artisans Market until the end of April.
So if you want to get technical, this COULD qualify for part of my 365 portraits challenge to myself. (It could, honest!). This is really a still life though of my sketchbook on top of a fitness magazine with the box of markers to the right and an empty bowl to the left, all on top of our outdoor patio table. It was breezy and cool the other day, but my boys just kept begging to go outside. The sun was shining and they were occupied for the most part, so who am I to say no.
After finishing this, my one son decided to draw repeating “egg” shapes on the opposite page. I of course was covering up this sketch with my hands while he played. I’m sure if I turned my head even for a few seconds, this sketch too would be adorned with purple “egg” shapes.
Here are some drawings done in pencil. The baby is one of my sons when he was about 4 months old. I couldn’t quite get his hand and fingers right. They look like the legs of a crustacean to me!
The other drawing is of my dad in a more sketchy looser style. Of course in this drawing he looks like a cross between my dad and my uncle.
The other drawing is from my sons’ first October. We were at the park and rolling around in the leaves. I love this photo (not shown), but here is the drawing.
Here are my most recent portraits done in pencil in the same sketchbook (on unknown folio paper). The drawing to the left was my attempt at drawing a moving portrait as my son would just not sit still. His hand is crude as you can see. I basically gave up on this one and did no pursue it further. The drawing on the right is of my niece Elyse when she was a year old. I drew it from a photograph and in a harder pencil than the one on the left. The ears tripped me up a bit in this, and although the photograph here is not seen, her face is a big longer that the way I drew it. Otherwise I think it is a pretty good likeness!
As you can tell, I do not have time to do a drawing a day! My twins take a lot of my time, but I’m still trying to complete at least one or two drawings per week. I think if I could simply settle on the idea of actually “sketching” (you know, quickly) then I would get more done. My works are so tightly drawn that I feel as though I sometimes find myself focusing too much on accuracy and the fun and ability to be whimsical escapes me.
Here is another attempt a portrait. This is my older step-daughter, now in the military, on the day of her high school graduation (no idea who the guys is). I really have trouble with mouths and teeth, it’s quite evident! The thing about working with ink is once the line is down, there’s no erasing it, so you’re stuck. I should probably work more in pencil to start, something slightly more forgiving, even if I consciously try not to erase. My boys make it difficult to practice these drawings lately like I originally wanted to. Never the less I’m trying! Ultimately I’d like to be able to start rendering in colored pencil.
Here is a portrait done in my sketchbook of my friend Elana in pencil. Sadly, it looks nothing like her. The mouth I couldn’t get quite right! Argh! Practice makes perfect though right? And so I trudge on.
Here is Day 1 of portraits. This is done in Micron black ink on (I think) watercolor paper. I’m using an old sketchbook that I made back in college to hold these drawings. Half way through this drawing I swore … Continue reading
For those of you who might follow this blog, you’ll notice that it has been revamped a little. The focus of this blog will be a little more about my art in general, not a specific type of art, and more about everything that I dabble in. You’ll see art that I create with my kids, too, because they are my life.
In addition I would like to kick off the new year with a challenge. I myself need to work on portraits and have been wanting to do so for some time. So I will be launching an art challenge: 365 Portraits. One a day for the year (and yes, I know that we are already a month into the year). I urge you to participate as well by creating a portrait a day in any medium and style you choose. Please feel free to comment and link your own image or website.
Happy New Year!