October 17, 2017

Sketchbook Skool Imagination Homework - Ohn Mar and Stefan

Sketchbook Skool Ohn Mar Win Videochat: I already posted my homework from Ohn Mar Win's Class. but on my wet-in-wet "watercolor play" homework, I left out the mark making until I divide it into magnetic bookmarks (Oct 14 Blog Post).  When I subsequently watched an inspirational one hour+ Q and A session with Ohn Mar, I did a quick sketch of her with a pen and spent the rest of the time dreaming up types of pen marks I may make on my bookmarks.  I love my very low stakes "Pen Sketcher" book that I used for this page, I feel so free to doodle and make messes.

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Sketchbook Skool IMAGINING Homework:  Stefan Bucher

Our Week 4 IMAGINING artist and "creative" is Stefan Bucher, and although he is a creative in many fields, he also is known for his website Daily Monster.  http://www.dailymonster.ink/

In class he demonstrated a technique based on fancy ink blots which he uses to start his monster drawings, and then assigned us the task as homework.  I made two ink blots and used both to make my version of a monster.

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There is also a Ted talk by Stefan which I really enjoyed, and it is focused on his OCD mind that never stops wanting to create the next step in any project,  I think you need to "cut and paste" this link.  Don't stop watching the talk until you get to the Saks 5th Ave "Yeti" commission!  It is my favorite part!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aqq68KbfDP4

 

October 14, 2017

Sketchbook Skool "Imagination" Homework for Ohn Mar Win

Helping My Imagination to Overcome Resistance:  Several summers ago I decided to spend 100 days drawing from my imagination,  I filled 100 pages - and had fun doing it.  I used pen for all drawings and smooth copy paper bound in a book - low tech, and low stakes.  My inner critic ignored me

In order to continue periodic drawing from my imagination I bought these inexpensive sketchbooks, and use them to play.  I really have a different mindset when I draw in pen on these pages - and that makes me happy.

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Drawing a Collection From My Imagination:  Our first homework assignment from Ohn Mar was to either cover a page with a repeated design, or draw a collection.  I chose the latter, and just made up shapes for glasses and bottles.  When I decided to paint it, I transferred the drawing to watercolor paper using tracing paper and graphite, and then painted it.

 

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Imagination and Play:  Our second homework assignment was to play with watercolor - wet in wet - without having anything special in mind.  Ohn Mar then added random white pen marks to her watercolor.  I want to use my watercolor painting to make more magnetic bookmarks, so I didn't add pen.  

 

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These are recent magnetic bookmarks I'm using that I made from watercolor paintings. 

Here is a link to a previous blog post describing how to make them: 

http://www.paperandthreads.com/2012/06/more_watercolor_magnetic_bookm_1.php 

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October 12, 2017

Line vs Mass in Figure Drawing

Week 1:  We are working through a structured syllabus in my Fashion Application class at Fashion Institute of Technology, and after several weeks of working with "line,"  we worked with depiction of "mass."  Instead of using markers, I chose to work with Nu-Pastels, a completely new medium for me, and these two drawings were very fast poses using only small pieces of pastel chalk.  It would not be my favorite method for figure drawing, but it was a fun challenge to see if I could do it.  The first pose was 2 minutes and the second one was 7-10 minutes, if I remember correctly.  I bought a small set of the Nu Pastels for the class and don't have anything close to a skin color.

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Week 2:  These are 5 two minute poses to begin class, and I can still hear our professor saying, "mass only if you want to get all the way down to the feet on the 18" paper."  I still don't have a lighter pink Nu-Pastel, so this skin color was obviously done with the only pink-red in my set.

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October 6, 2017

Sketchbook Skool "Imagination" Homework Week 2

I named my Inner Critic Mildred after my very critical Mother and Mother-in-law, Marge and Miriam.  In this Sketchbook Skool "Imagination" drawing she is saying:  You haven't done Marloes' homework yet.  Your problem is that you don't have enough imagination.  You watched the class on Monday and it is now Thursday.  You can copy, but are not original.  Don't you have any ideas?  You NEED to talk about your Inner Critic and I'm helping you.  I'm not going to give you an idea now - maybe you'll find an idea soon.  You waste so much time drawing and painting!

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Draw An Experience:  I had to fill more than an hour last Wednesday and took a book to Starbucks.  I wrote "It's FREEZING in here," and people working on computers were here when I arrived and are still working more than an hour later.

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I was part of a Bronx 3rd grade class "Lock Down Drill" last Thursday.  The Door was immediately locked and the small children all were huddled together in one tiny space in the corner of the room, out of a line with any windows or the door.  I was so sad looking at their tiny bodies and innocent faces - what is our country becoming?  Then I reflected on my elementary school drills during which we hid under our desks to protect us from Russian bombs.

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I sketched my childhood home completely from my imagination, although I did sketch every place I've lived in my lifetime many years ago. 

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I still didn't do a group sketch of all my friends - our 5th homework assignment from Marloes De Vries. 

October 3, 2017

Current NYC Exhibitions - Wonderful!

The Metropolitan Museum of Art currently has a Rodin Exhibit - which includes many of the sculptures that are usually seen on the 2nd floor.  But the added pieces round out the exhibit, including some small terracotta sculptures that were preliminary to some of his Bronzes.  I like sketching sculpture, I love his Fallen Caryatid sculptures, and was mesmerized by the small terracotta piece which is directly across from the large bronze version.  Exhibit closes Jan 15th.  Note:  Entrance sticker from the Cooper-Hewitt was just another museum visit on the same day - not connected.

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And for all of my quilting friends:  War and Pieced is a spectacular exhibit at the Folk Art Museum.  These "quilts" were all made by men, British men who served as Soldiers, Sailors, and Tailors.  The brochure describes them as "dazzling and complex textiles containing thousands of pieces (many 1" square).  They were made during the 19th Century conflicts in Crimea, South Africa, and India - and all of the fabrics are from felted wool used in their uniforms.  One of my favorite facts, the military encouraged piecing these textiles in India, where soldiers didn't have much to do except drink!  I chose to sketch these embroidered soldiers from a smaller collection of the textiles made with the intarsia method.  The oldest textile in the intarsia section was made in 1719.  Exhibit closes Jan 7th.

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September 29, 2017

Line vs Mass in FIT Class 4

I plan to continue my blog posts about my current class at FIT.  This week we focused on mass instead of line, and in the 3 minute warm up model drawings, we had to use color to emphasize some mass, using markers or Nu-Pastels.  Three minute poses were not long enough to complete each drawing, but this is a single 18 X 24" page, and my drawings proceeded from the right to the left  (I'm left-handed).  I tried to color the masses with my Tombow marker.

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I never used Nu-Pastels and later in the class she came by to demonstrate, asking permission to draw on my page.  She stressed using the chalk to block out the mass, and not drawing the edges and filling it in coloring book style. 

See her drawing demos  labeled "This" and "Not this."

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A 10 minute pose, and as before we were instructed to start our drawing at the top, and to proceed from one side of the face to the other, then the body, etc, in short segments, adding the other objects, the ceramic pumpkin and the chair, only when we drew our lines down to their level in the pose.  

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Our last pose was 12 minutes, and included both of the class models.  I can feel myself starting to use her prescribed drawing method, and working very fast to get everything included - two models, a table, chair, and platform!  Fashion illustrations have different body proportions than in real life - tall and skinny, and dramatic and bold.  In this class she said that we will develop our style by the end of the semester, and I'm beginning to see how our classes are leading in that direction. 

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September 25, 2017

Drawings from My Imagination - Koosje Koene Homework

I am taking the Sketchbook Skool Class called Imagining.  Koosje Koene, co founder of Sketchbook Skool, demonstrated her approach to a 5 day imagination drawing.  She sat down each day without a specific plan and allowed ideas to appear.  She said there is a concept in the Netherlands called "The Red Thread" which means something that follows a subtle theme.  She sketched elements of sky, with a red thread as a link across the pages of an accordion book, and sketched clouds, electrical wires, birds, a face, a crocodile, even wrapping 1t around the moon.  

Instead of using a red thread to link my drawings, as in her demo, I decided to add some more illustrations to the storyline of my imaginary characters Axel and Alice. 

I created Axel during Fabio Consoli's imagination homework assignment in the Sketchbook School Class called Stretching .  The character on the far right was created by my grandson Zach (who was then in his final year of pre-school).  I had to take a child's drawing and expand upon it.  Zach said that he thought that Axel came from the moon, and his head was that shape because of the phase of the moon when he was born.

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I draw Axel often and for the last two summers he was the subject of mail art on letter envelopes to my grandchildren in summer camp.   He even became a Christmas ornament for our grandchildren.

I expanded the imaginary friend group in a watercolor illustration for my final project in my Illustration Class last semester at FIT.  

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All of my grandchildren relate to Axel, and I thought it would be fun to create a short storyline that would end with the above illustration.  So here are my 5 days of drawings for Sketchbook Skool homework. 

Day 1:  Hi!  I'm Axel.  She doesn't even know I'm here.  I'm looking for a place to live."

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Day 2:  "This is my friend Alice and she found this doll house in the trash, and we can live there."

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Day 3:  "Alice, I wonder who lives in the little houses here on the top of the hill?  Let's watch this one and see who comes out."

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Day 4:  Axel asks "Do you live in that house?  Where do you come from?  Jupiter?  Where is that?  Can we be friends?  Who lives in the skinny house?" 

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Day 5:  "Axel, this is my neighbor from the skinny house.  He says he comes from Mars.  Maybe we can all be friends since we can't go home."

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To be continued. 

September 22, 2017

Fashion Applications Class 2

Two drawings among many from my second class about Fashion Applications at FIT:

The goal of this class was to reemphasize line drawings, and to both draw models in an environment,  and draw two models together.  The professor still stressed starting the drawing at the very top - even if it a plant above the model's head - and then drawing from top to bottom, moving from side to side until reaching the bottom.  Lines should be confident and bold.

We had 7 minutes to draw the first model with the poppies, and 10 minutes for the two models together.  In each class she also shows us the work of famous fashion illustrators.  And gave us a link for a website to search and review specific fashion illustrators.

http://www.illustrationdivision.com/ 

 

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These are large drawings that needed to be photographed and not scanned. 

September 18, 2017

Fashion Applications at FIT

I'm taking another Illustration course this semester at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).  Last week was my first class and our professor demonstrated how she draws the models several times during the class.  She instructed us to start at the head and then slowly draw down the body carving out space - moving back and forth from one side to the other.  She stressed the body directions, and specifically the shoulder and hip directions and asked us to make them dramatic.  This was a 3 minute warm up drawing of mine early in the class, and when she came by me she sketched in those direction lines, and suggested that I bend her hips all the way over to the outside line she made for drama.

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2.  We had 3 models, each changing clothes multiple times.  This is a later 7 minute pose - as I tried to achieve more drama.

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3.  And this was my final pose at the very end of the 3 hour class.  This is definitely going to be fun!

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Shirley Parker Levine
New York City

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