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!
I did a lot of sketches this past week in New Orleans. However, since my mom and I were out gallivanting in the French Quarter almost every day, my sketches were mainly confined to the quiet periods sitting in the airport, or the few times when I went down to the hotel lobby to see if I could capture some of the comings and goings. (One such fun sighting was Project Runway’s Tim Gunn. If I hadn’t been so shy, I would have told him that I’m a fan!)
My favorite sketch from the lobby (and no, it’s not Tim Gunn) is this one:
Last night when I got home, I did two more sketches. These were invented faces and were done with my beloved Carter’s flexible nib fountain pen:
Although I was working from my imagination, the inspiration for the two face sketches was this “how-to” YouTube video for rendering fashion faces:
P.S. YouTube is one of my favorite resources for “how-to” videos…and not just for drawing. My husband and I once learned a dance routine off of YouTube for a showcase dance at a symphony gala. How good were we? Well, that’s material for another post!
And a little spicy?
Coming soon to my shop at Etsy!
(And in case you need proof that practice makes
perfect – ok, I’ll admit I’m more comfortable saying “progress” – take a look at my earlier attempt.)
I was pretty pleased with my latest illustration when I left it this afternoon. However, spending a few hours away gave me “new eyes”, and I realized that the way I’d positioned my model’s feet was slightly reminiscent of an Egyptian hieroglyph! So I plan to give the illustration another shot tomorrow.
Who knows, maybe she doesn’t even need the legs?
Recently I became obsessed with one particular illustration. My end goal – pretty much the same as usual – was to create a vibrantly stylish illustration that not only told its own story but expressed dynamic movement as well. I won’t embarrass myself by posting the 6 initial attempts I made, but will say that my process went first from drawing in pen to eventually going back to blocking out the illustration in pencil. However, along the way, I figured out which lines I really didn’t need and which were even more intriguing when left out.
My 6th attempt, posted a few days ago…
does have some lovely qualities and a sense of freedom in the lines. However, I felt that the figure seemed somehow frozen in space…not dynamically striding across the page as I had intended. So it was back to the drawing board, so to speak, this morning for another go.
I’m happy to report that the 7th attempt was the charm. And here she is…
(She just happened to stride on over to my shop at Etsy, and you’ll find her on a greeting card here.)