In my ongoing quest to take my illustrations to the next level, I’ve been spending some time going back to basics. Meet…
The Stick Figure!
(You’d be surprised just how challenging drawing the stick figure can actually be!)
Of course, the next step is to flesh out the body…but with only a minimum of details.
(As you can see, I overdid it on this one, but I think you will still get the idea.)
What’s next? A hell of a lot more practice, for one. Or, as one of my violin teachers used to say…hours of fun!
“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.”
(Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)
We just got back from a quick trip to New Hampshire to see my mom on the pond. Which pond? Where?
I invite you to pull up a chair and join me on a virtual tour.
To a pond that is as lovely in the sun…
As it is in the shade.
A pond that looks just as pretty on a cloudy day…
As it does in the mist…
And at dusk.
A pond where life slows down…
And looking at the water is sufficient entertainment!
Goose Pond, New Hampshire
Sketches (or scribbles) from my sketchbook this past week include this head study…
And this seated figure.
As you’re reading this, I’ll probably be en route to New Hampshire for a quick visit to my mom’s summer cottage. A five hour bus ride probably doesn’t sound exactly pleasant, but when you’re not the one driving (or co-piloting) it’s actually quite relaxing…and hopefully will lead to lots of new sketches!
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“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
Yesterday I got a surprise package in the mail from my sister. I had asked for a fashion illustration book by one of my favorite fashion illustrators, Robyn Neild.
My sister not only sent me that book, but two others!
As I thumbed through Fashion Design Studio by Chris Hart…
It occurred to me I should tackle these books like a beginner…methodically and with the intention solely of learning rather than trying to produce. My plan is to start with Chris Hart’s book and then move on to Fashion Doodles, and Fashionista Doodles by Robyn Neild.
What a treat to get to see Robyn’s luscious line work and imagine garments to complete the looks (hello swimsuit season!)
And just what do I hope to accomplish with this self-directed back-to-basics “course”?
Hmm…I guess I’ll find out!
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