This week as I sketched, I challenged myself to focus more on bodies instead of just faces…
As well as trying to capture some men, too (that is, to draw them in my sketchbook – not hit them over the head and drag them home!)
What’s on for next week? Hope you’ll come back then to find out!
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A while back I took a jewelry techniques workshop on metal forming with Charles Lewton-Brain. Although fold forming metal was not really my thing, there was a lot that stuck with me from the workshop. In particular, I remember Lewton-Brain not only encouraging us to experiment with various techniques, but advising us to set aside time each day to “play” at the workbench. Since coming back from working in D.C., I’ve had some chunks of free time to do just that at my drafting table. The goal has been to improve my sketching and drawing with pen.
As you’ll see from the photo below, I’ve been busy at it:
Part of the fun with pen sketching is to let the evolving sketch dictate the direction of the mood as well as the fashion. These are sketches from my imagination, not from photos. Along the way, some of my proportions have been way off, not to mention that I’ve put my some of figures into impossible poses. But others, have come to life in a quite natural and exciting manner.
I’m proud of this sketch…
And I also think this one has exciting potential!
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This past week I did more viola playing than sketching (you can read some of the nice reviews of New York City Ballet‘s performances at the Kennedy Center here and here); but on the 3+ hour train ride home yesterday evening I did quite a bit of catching up. In fact, I filled up the rest of the pages in my little Moleskin sketch book!
If you look carefully, you’ll even see more of my various head studies showing through the pages…
And, when I ran out of pages in my sketch book, I grabbed the next thing handy – the envelopes from my paychecks – and did these sketches with ink and my French Grey Prismacolor marker.
(Meanwhile, my husband completed half a book’s worth of mind teaser puzzles and games.)
Each to his own, I guess!
My sketch-a-day project could well be entitled “The Subway Diaries” because at this point – except for one sketch – all of the others have been done either on the subway or while waiting on the platform for a train to arrive.
This pair of legs caught my eye on the C Train…
While the late night train schedule at Columbus Circle allowed me to capture this tall pixie in a more fleshed-out sketch.
With a slightly lighter work schedule this week, and maybe the opportunity to treat myself to a coffee in a cafe, I’m hoping to change up the focus of my sketches a bit. Stay tuned…
With my mom visiting this past weekend, I got the chance to play tourist and enjoy some of the best things New York City has to offer. In addition to visiting various foodie spots around town, we also attended several great plays ( Every Brilliant Thing at the Barrow Street Theater is a must-see in my book!), and went to both the Metropolitan Museum and MOMA to see art exhibits. While the Henri Matisse: Cut Outs exhibit at MOMA is ending tomorrow, the Madame Cézanne exhibit at the Met will still be up for another month…and it is well worth seeing!
Included in the Madame Cézanne exhibit are a few of Cézanne’s sketch books. Cézanne not only sketched daily, but was frugal, often using the same page in his sketch book for various different subjects. I found the sketches in the exhibit to be particularly lovely, not to mention that they caused a light bulb of sorts to go off in my head. Because my music performance schedule has become increasingly busy, there are periods of time when I can’t get to my drafting table as frequently as I’d like. Carrying around a small sketch book and a pencil in my purse is easy enough…and the challenge of sketching something quickly each day appeals to me.
I was fortunate to actually have a chunk of time in which to sketch yesterday. My concert loafers were the subject as I sat sketching and waiting for the the orchestra’s turn to play during the New York City Ballet’s matinee:
Today’s sketch was done in a restaurant in the few minutes that my mom left the table to use the restroom. My subject was a young woman seated at a table nearby:
Next Monday I hope to post a few more of my week’s sketches. Hope you’ll come along for the ride!