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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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September 15, 2017

NYC Urban Sketchers and the Morris-Jumel Mansion

Morris-Jumel House:  This was another wonderful USK adventure.  The Morris-Jumel Mansion was built in 1765 and is the oldest house in Manhattan.  In the Fall of 1776 it served as a temporary headquarters for George Washington, and now it is a historical site and museum in Washington Heights.  It is very easy to reach from midtown Manhattan, and you are really transported to the country. 

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Sylvan Terrace:  You approach Roger Morris Park through Sylvan Terrace, up a flight of stone steps on St. Nicholas Avenue between 161st and 162nd Street.  At the top of the stairs there is a cobblestone "street" and two parallel rows of houses. 

http://www.scoutingny.com/a-hidden-treasure-in-washington-heights/ 

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The entrance to the Park is at the far-end of Sylvan Terrace.   Many of us sat on the front lawn of the house, with the Harlem River to the East, and Sylvan Terrace to the left, and it was wonderfully quiet.  This is my painting of the house.  Others sketched the garden house on the back of the Park.

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September 12, 2017

Simple Figure Sketches - Overcoming Resistance

I love to draw figures and to draw and paint buildings.  But my figures are drawn without context/backgrounds, and my buildings don't have any people in or around them.  It is time for me to address these issues, so I took Suhita Shirodkar's online Craftsy class (Figure Sketching Made Simple) because I love her loose sketches. 

The class was great, but I couldn't get myself to draw any people in the days following the class - a common form of resistance that I can blame on my "inner critic."  I needed a low stakes intervention, and while browsing last Sunday's NY Times T magazine on Mens'Style, I saw the photo included below.  I grabbed a ball point pen, tore some used copy paper into quarters, and worked my way through the ads in the magazine in less than 30 minutes - drawing 16 figures! 

 

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I threw away two that were really awful, and saved these 14.  It was a start!   

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I decided to continue this as a low stakes project this month - drawing simple figures from photos - so I made a small folder to keep scrap paper drawings in as I practice. 

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Later, I was throwing away a New York City Ballet 2017-18 schedule and couldn't resist a quick sketch of one of the photos. 

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I still have to overcome resistance and shut up my inner critic MILDRED so I can practice drawing live moving people!  Onward!

 

 

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