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January 5, 2018

The End of Christmas Season

Manhattan is a Christmas Wonderland each year, especially 5th Avenue from 42nd Street (Bryant Park) to 59th Street (Bergdorf Goodman).  Bergdorf's  window decorations are always spectacular, and this year each window represented a cultural institution in NYC. 

The American Museum of Natural History window was my favorite.  This photo has way too many reflections, but you can see that a model is surrounded by jewel encrusted dinosaurs.

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Detail:  Every inch of the "sculptures" are "jewel encrusted" on every square millimeter of their body.  It was dazzling!

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On one of my walks past all of the Bergdorf windows, I stopped to sketch the NY Philharmonic Window, and painted it at home. It was totally red, with neon musical instruments filling the background. 

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This morning we took down our Christmas tree, with an outside temperature of 10 degrees and a wind chill of -12.  The Holiday season is officially over in our apartment as we try to deal with the Artic freeze and almost 8 inches of snow yesterday. 

HAPPY NEW YEAR and may your lives in 2018 be filled with good health and wonderful art. 

December 26, 2017

Easy To Make Double Pamphlet Art Journals

Today my friend Eunice came to my apartment to learn how to make a Double Pamphlet Book.  This is a good "first book" to make because you learn about paper grain, scoring and tearing paper, making folios and signatures, creating a simple paper cover, and putting the two signatures and cover together with a single 3 hole pamphlet stitch. 

In 2012 I posted a tutorial on my blog for this book, with photos.   

http://www.paperandthreads.com/2014/06/making_a_simple_sketchbook_the.php

One CORRECTION to the Tutorial:  I said that the Mi Tientes cover paper I used is Grain Short, and now I think it is Grain Long.  However, grain is not very important in this simple book structure.

 

Eunice made a 32 page small watercolor book (5.5W by 7.5H) from one sheet of Arches 140 lb cold press paper, and I made a 32 page toned gray paper book (7.75W and 10.5H) from 2 sheets of Canford toned grey paper. 

Here is Eunice with her book.  She still needs to "decorate" the cover. 

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Here is my book, which I will use for figure drawing practice on toned paper.

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Here is the Canford Dreadnought Grey toned paper. 

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December 20, 2017

Final Fashion Illustration Drawings for the Semester

I loved this class and learned from a master fashion illustrator. 

http://janissalek.com/fashion.html 

This week was our last class, and we had 3 models, and many quick poses.  While we were sketching Professor Salek, as a final review, talked about all of the skills she presented during the semester. 

I chose four 7 minute poses from the class to post on the blog, to  remind me about:

1.  The angle of shoulders and hips - which are usually opposite in direction - and should be exaggerated.

2.  To be bold drawing the shapes.

3.  To start drawing from the head and then to  proceed down the figure, switching from side to side.

4.  To elongate the drawing and narrow the form.

5.  To pay attention to opposition, which to her means don't draw both sides of an arm or leg with identical lines.  Exaggerate differences. 

I wish I had erased the hand on the first figure - but maybe my new Craftsy class on Drawing Hands will help me as 2017 ends!! 

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December 13, 2017

My Current Recommended Museum Exhibits in NYC

Thaw Drawing Collection at the Morgan Library and Museum:  I LOVED this exhibit and recommend it to anyone who loves drawings.  It is a very large exhibit, spanning drawings from before and including Rembrandt, through drawings from Modern and Contemporary Art.  Photos are allowed, without flash, except for a small number of the most recent drawings which have copyrights.  It is a tremendous resource for copying the Masters to study their skills and improve your own.

http://www.themorgan.org/exhibitions/drawn-to-greatness 

Through January 7, 2018 

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Louise Bourgeois at MoMA:  The exhibit contains a huge Bourgeois "Spider sculpture" in the main atrium, and many different types of her work, including collage, drawings, paintings. and cloth book pages.  The strength of this exhibit for me was seeing how an artist expands their skills into many mediums.  Through Jan 28, 2018

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Max Ernst at MoMA:  I'm partial to Max Ernsts's sculpture and some are included in this exhibit.  Through Jan 1, 2018

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December 8, 2017

FIT Class #13 - Watercolor Painting of Models

We painted all of the model poses this week and I'm uploading only one painting from class.  Three models were painted simultaneously in a 20-30 minute pose and I didn't get to finish the third model.  This was my first experience using PhDrMartin liquid watercolors, and it was fun.  I bought 3 primary colors and mixed what I needed.  However, I hated throwing away even the small amount of mixed colors on my palette and would hate carrying them around when painting away from home or the classroom.

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