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October 20, 2017

FIT Fashion Application Class: Highlights

Part 1:  Mass vs Line:  We do very fast warm-up poses just to establish mass, as opposed to Line.  I discovered that I really like using Nu-Pastels to delineate mass in 2 minute gesture sketches on the 18 X 24" paper.  I bought skin colors since last week and here are my most recent warm up sketches.

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Part 2: 

Drawing  and Opposition: Drawing from head to toe, alternating between sides as you move down the body.  How does one side of the shape compare to the other?

I wasn't familiar with the term "opposition," but our Professor had us quickly draw three pieces of toast - showing how we could change one side from the other, or even leave one of the sides as an incomplete line.

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We sketched many poses from our two models for the rest of the class - always sketching back and forth from the head to the feet, and creating sealed up shapes like a children's coloring book.  I selected these two 18 X 24" sheets as an example.

 

Emma in Black Evening Gown:

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Emma in a tank top and drop crotch pants and Kevin with his Mohawk and Fancy Glasses:

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Part 3:  Drawing Negative Shapes  for parts of the figure or to carve out the entire figure by drawing parts or all of the background.  I was totally confused by this.  I do look at negative space to establish the positions of arms and legs, but that wasn't the goal for this exercise.  Our wonderful professor Janis Salek demonstrated how I could make the sweater vest on the model as a negative shape.  She sketched the dark graphite image, and then I tried to reinforce her teaching (right).

White sweater vest drawn as negative shape by filling in the black sweater:  

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White Shirt Drawn as Negative Shape, by drawing the background, and then I added pencil to the whole background. 

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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!

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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. 

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