It’s been HOT in the Big Apple, which makes the idea of going out sightseeing – and anything that involves having to wait on a hot subway platform for a train – pretty unappealing. As a result, I haven’t done any real life sketches this week. But for your enjoyment, here are two pencil sketches inspired by photographs, along with the marker and ink versions.
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But I’m not talking actual soap, (although I AM partial to this fragrant Spanish soap.) No, by “soap” I’m referring to the TV show Velvet which has now entered into its 2nd season. In fact, last night after making up a batch of popcorn, I watched two episodes back-to-back…and crawled into bed at 2 a.m. Which I could do since my husband was out of town and I had the apartment (and remote) all to myself. Velvet is a girly pleasure…filled with complicated love affairs, misunderstandings and lots of fashion. Oh, and did I mention that several of the leading men are easy on the eyes, too? Of course, I justify it all by telling myself that it’s part of my Spanish study and immersion.
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!
It’s been a busy week for me…which isn’t all bad since my husband was out of town. Between running back and forth to rehearsals and shows, I also kept myself entertained by creating “mug shots” at the drafting table.
Meet my friends…
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!
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.
Each to his own, I guess!