Saturday, October 06, 2012

Creative Drawing - Week 3 - plus a little extra bit.

In a nutshell, Week 3 was much better. 

We actually did some pre-sketching exercises - five sketches of an empty yogurt container (without lid) moving it closer with each sketch.

Here is a quick look...the object was to get the relation of the opening to the curvature of the base and the height of the sides...hmmm…needs work, but hey, that’s why I’m taking this course, right!


In these two sketches the container was literally to my right, inches away. I’ll be practicing this during the week to get the hang of it before next class.


Then came the sketching/drawing session (I left early so I only did one drawing - parental unit issues). Here is what I saw (although I saw a little more of the shoes heel area than this pic affords a view of).

Here’s my great attempt...okay, it’s week three and I’m feeling the love! As you can see I am still "stretching" the truth!

Now, here is my last (don’t want to bore you to death) drawing of the curtain and drawer combo. 

The drawing on the right is my most recent and per the suggestion of a wise blogger I am laying this project aside. Time to sketch bigger fish! (and I have just the thing; wait till you see it)

Then, just for fun, I had to add a shot of my cleverness. 

Since  I was unable to procure a newsprint tube from the art supply shop I frequent (a one man store; I’m huge on supporting the “little people” seeings as I’m one of them) I got creative.

A while back, I purchased a painting from Artist Trish, Down Under, and it arrived in a mailing tube - so voila, it’s now my newsprint tube; it even has her trademark lizard on it, therefore my tube is a “work of art”. Slick, eh!

Before I sign off...there’s a little housekeeping that needs attending to.

Matthew - THANK YOU for adding my blog to your Thursday Top Three - what a surprise and honour. Too cool for words! So, simply put - YOU ROCK!

Mynx - you aced your homework assignment - and "rock it out of the ball park" you did! High Fives to you my friend! All six are awesome - you know my fav!

And to a special friend, who’s going through a rough patch...this too shall pass. Consider yourself hugged, tightly.  

And you...do you dream big; do you live in the present; do you breathing in deeply while hugging tightly; do you love passionately and laugh heartily? 

Well? Do you? 


Cheers,
  Jenny 

30 comments:

  1. Wonderful, truly, loved the corner!

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    1. Thanks Claudia. I'm happy you stopped by to take a look. :)

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  2. I love that you are recyling the tube your art came in. The little lizard is very happy.
    And Thank you for your kind words regarding the homework you set me.
    I had a lot of fun with it.
    Big hugs to you (because everyone needs hugs)
    Oh, and I better tell you that I think your sketching is just getting better and better.
    Love the draped curtain one

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    1. I knew the minute I got the tube it was a keeper, just didn't know what I was keeping it for until this class came along. I will be adding a few embellishments along with your little lizard down the road.

      I'm a happy camper with my tube and I save some money not having to by one! Yeah!
      As to your homework - we all need a little nudge from time to time; glad I could help.

      Thanks for the hugs...I am in need of a few these days!

      And finally, thanks for the "getting better" nod re my sketching. I love the draped curtain too - drawing it was whole other story! :)

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  3. You're really doing well with this drawing class. I love art, but will confess I'm much more a cartoonist than anything else. Just don't know how to do it.

    Your class is inspiring! Thank you for sharing. (And I love the mailtube.)

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    1. I believe each of us can draw. It is in us, trick is to get it out! hahaha To that end I am reading: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, by Betty Edwards - it is a sure fire way to bring out the artist that lies deep within.

      I'm tickled you think my class is inspiring - that makes me smile. (thanks for that)

      I am enjoying my newsprint tube - I feel mighty special when I walk into class with my one-of-a-kind tube.

      Thanks for stopping by, Em, much appreciated. :)

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    2. I agree, I think drawing is something in us, and you're right about getting it out!

      It's on my list after my next move, to get into doing drawing. Watching your process definitely lights a fire to that desire!

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  4. Thanks for the kind words Jenny. I genuinely do believe you're talented and wasn't looking for a shoutout or anything but thank you all the same. Your sketching is getting better and better, I love the idea of pre-sketch exercises, it's been so cool to watch you improve.

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    1. It was a necessary "shout out" - one always thanks the bearer of glad tidings! I loved reading your post and feeling a slight buzz afterward! As I said, "very cool", and "you do ROCK". :)

      Considering I'm in my third week I am feeling there is a bright light at the end of the tunnel...now all I have to do is not crash on route to it; I am seeing the improvement too!

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  5. Glad the class is going well.

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    1. Thanks Alex - as I said to Matthew (comment above) I am seeing improvement too!

      Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  6. wow you amaze me your art is so beautiful and you're working so hard on it. Thank you for letting me share in this journey

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    1. Thank you for joining me on this journey...it's such a treat having you along. Your comments always inspire me to try harder. :)

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  7. Wow! The process and progress are so cool! I like the table in the curtain one.

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    1. Thanks Andrea - I have really been enjoying the "process and progress" of that particular piece.
      I am putting it aside for this week - maybe, as the weeks go by and I acquire more skills, I will venture to give it another go.

      Thanks for dropping by for a look. :)

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  8. Getting amazinger and amazinger every day, luv. You always approach everything in life like you are leaping on a gazelle to devour it. (grin, wink) Reading your news always makes my day just a little bit brighter.

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    1. Aw, poor gazelle - but you've pegged me; guilty as charged.

      I'm glad I brighten your day, over here at Pearson Report, it's my main focus (after the gazelle thing) to keep you smiling; from the perspective of a skin care professional it keeps you looking young...smiling that is, not the gazelle thing.

      Likewise, after reading your comment my day brighten exponentially too! (I know I only brightened your day "a little" but you brighten mine ALOT (spelt special just for you!) *smiling brightly after a hard day at the gazelle banquet* :P

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  9. The curtain-drawer combo is very nicely done. Imagine that framed on your wall. Once you've got it to your liking, you should display the best. When you're bored, you can always draw whatever's around and sketching ability comes in handy when you're traveling.

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    1. Hi D.G. Hudson - I have imagined this combo framed, mostly because my mother, who has been watching my progress closely, has asked me to do just that.

      I haven't yet taken to carrying around a moleskin sketch pad (like my daughter does) but I am drawing at work and at home...and even in my dreams, in which domain I'm really, really good! hahaha

      Thanks for stopping by and getting the update on my art classes. :)

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  10. I don't think I'd dare take a drawing class, because I know darned well that technically I suck big time!

    I think the troubles you have with perspective may be something to do with the fact that the mind does a lot of editing in between what your eyes take in and what you "see". So, people tend to see what they expect to be there, rather than what is actually there.

    I cop out of all of that by only ever drawing from the imagination, not from life :)

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    1. Very interesting, Botanist, I am definitely struggling with sketching what is in front of me and having it resemble the actual object and its placement. I know this will come with time and lots and lots of practice.

      As I said to Em (several comments above yours) "I believe each of us can draw. It is in us, trick is to get it out! To that end I am reading: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, by Betty Edwards - it is a sure fire way to bring out the artist that lies deep within."

      My imagination is steeped with intriguing characters and landscapes but to do them any justice I want to understand perspective and this seems to be the path (bumpy and full of potholes) that I must travel to bring out these inner worlds from the deep recesses of my overactive mind.

      And...I should mention I have long admired your artistic talents. The worlds you create are incredible. Keep up the awesome work.

      Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  11. Your curtain and drawer still life turned out pretty good I think. Btw in your sketches of the ice cup and the shoe one can recognise that you must be right-handed because we right-handers tend to tilt objects to the right at drawing : )

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    1. Yes, I am predominately right handed, however I am ambidextrous and my daughter has suggested I do some of my pre-sketch exercises using my left hand. As one can see I am not heeding her advice. (bad Jenny) :)

      I find it fascinating to see how obvious the "leaning" is in my work. I only notice it when I stand back to look at my sketch, not during the sketching phase. I hope my daily practice sessions will eventually break me of this habit.

      Thanks for dropping over and taking a look at my tilted objects - maybe that will be my claim to fame and I will be known for my leaning objects, like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, mine will be the Leaning Objects of Pearson. :)

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  12. Dang those kids for needing your parenting skills, I hate when that happens =P My kids timing is terrible - why do they break bones when I'm trying to relax? Awful children! LOL

    The time your dedicating to your drawing is paying off, Jenny. It's looking great. Especially the curtain and drawer - so much improvement!

    Hugs to your friend too. I hope it gets better too.

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    1. Actually, Elsie, it was my mother that needed my attention! I'm of the sandwich generation, mother and daughter are the crusts and I am the malleable (or is that gullible) filling; I feel like a wishbone sometimes. :)

      Thanks for your positive and encouraging comment - like my little dog praise makes me want to try harder! And, thanks for the nod to "our" friend - I'm sure things will get better!

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    2. Ah, yes, the sandwich....I know it all to well. I was the jelly for a long long time before my mom moved to the state my brother lived in. Now he's the jelly (ha ha!!) =PPP

      Those virtual pats on the back keep me going too. Sometimes they are all that keep me going!!

      Hmm, sad face on "our" friend....

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  13. Love you attemps so much better then anything I can do my skill is lacking when it comes to drawing even though I enjoy doodling......

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    1. Hi Jo-Anne, I've just taken a break, from relaxing on my deck, where I have been reading "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, by Betty Edwards" and your comment has me thinking. (which can be dangerous!!)

      Since I have been posting about my Creative Drawing class I am very surprised with the number of comments wherein people profess to "not being able to draw". I wonder if this is because somewhere along the line someone makes a negative comment about our efforts and we abandon ship. (this happened to me in Grade 4 regarding singing...whole other story)

      Reading Betty's book has made me realize we all CAN draw - it is a learned skill, no different than walking, reading, skiing or cycling. Once the basics have been grasped and practiced it becomes automatic.

      I am still in the crawling mode of learning to draw, but I practice daily (where I laugh myself silly with some of my attempts) and hopefully with continued practice I will get to a point of competency.

      Don't stop doodling and when you are ready move to sketching...you CAN draw! It's in you, you just need to let it out!

      Thanks for dropping by, taking a look and leaving a comment. :)

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  14. Hi Jenny - it's amazing the differences ... I'm inspired - but not yet!! Thankfully I can see a way forward and am moving slowly in that direction - happily and more peacefully now ... cheers Hilary

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    1. It is a journey, that's for sure, a very slow moving one at that. And, I'm not always sure I'm going forward. :) But...I keep trying.

      Cheers, Jenny

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Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts.

I'd give you a penny for them, but alas we just snuffed it out. Yup...gone!
It's all about the nickel now...so at this rate you can leave 5 thoughts!

Cheers, Jenny

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