I’ve been putting the finishing touches on the Joana Miranda Studio 2016 calendar (look for a posting and link-to-buy on my blog just before Thanksgiving) and although I have the calendar images uploaded and ready to send to the printer, there’s one illustration that I’m still not 100% happy about. Because I have the luxury of a few free days this week before we depart for Australia, I’m planning to redo that one illustration.
My recent sketches, therefore, have been studies for the illustration. As you can see, it’s a 3/4 face angle which just happens to be one of the hardest face angles to draw simply and well.
So I might just resort to doing a profile view instead!
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“Imagination is the eye of the soul.”
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I did about 400 sketches this week (well, maybe not quite that many) but only ONE in my little travel sketchbook. Here she is…
You can see some of the other sketches from the week’s output on my Instagram account as well as on these products at Society6:
The Boho Chick…
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!
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?