I had an email asking, “Where’s your Week 5 art class post?” Hmm, I’m so over posting about my weekly art classes - suffice it to say, oh heck...here, let me give you the lowdown...
Creative Drawing - Week 5 was better then the previous four and in fairness I think it’s all coming together. I parked my left brain at the door and with my right brain in tow I allowed myself to “see” this class in a different light.
That’s it for Week 5 - I’m not going to post the before and after photos because more exciting drawings await.
So whom should I credit with my steady climb up ART’s ladder?
I will be giving kudos to Betty Edwards (take a bow Betty) and her book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. (yes, I am going on a bit about this book, but damn, it’s good and it does give results)
Add a dash of Miss CP to my weekly pot of Betty and you have an artist’s brew that is hard to beat.
Yesterday I had an epic session with Courtney. This was a five hour event; tea and dinner breaks were worked in but otherwise ART was on centre stage.
Our five hours together consisted of “free drawing time” whereby I completed two assignments still pending from “the book” while Miss CP finishing a personal art project.
Here, I would like to say...YOU ARE WELCOME.
(that’s to all of you that let me know you were inspired to haul out your sketchbooks and revisit your drawing/writing passions - all because you read it here - damn, I’m good, and cheeky too)
Next came the lesson - more like ART Boot Camp.
Miss CP is a tough task master; I was tasked with drawing ovals, lots and lots of ovals. All over the page, everywhere - until finally she said, “Now, draw that tube as you “see” it, not as you think it.” (yes, she’s read “the book” too, who do you think lent it to me)
The object being drawn was a packing tube (the top of it in particular). Much ado was made of the fact that I “got” it and could “see” the top was oval in shape but round in reality. (yes, go figure)
Anyway...then came the still life practice. (and those ponies I mentioned)
Do any of you know professional designers/people in the animation industry? Yes? No? Well suffice it to say they have “things” that inspire them...lots and lots of “things”. (“things” equals “toys” in the real world)
Some of these “things” where taken from Courtney’s shelf for my lesson - three in particular.
Do any of you remember Hasbro’s “My Little Pony” toys?
Meet Twilight Sparkle - the first “My Little Pony” on the drawing block.
I used a rust coloured Ferby pencil to do this sketch; starting on the body, adding legs, then tail and head; focusing on negative space. (trying to anyway)
Here’s Applejack - isn’t she cute!
And my version - I did not make her head big enough - failing to do enough reference checks, going on memory, not good if the reference is right in front of me. Yup...on to the next!
And finally, meet Rarity. (the pony with attitude; so I’m told)
And two pic - this one is the rough version...trying to get placement.
This one is my finished version...and...YES, I AM HAPPY WITH IT!
And, one more.
Just because I like this page; okay, okay, I promise...no more hands - after this.
(fingers crossed behind back where no one can see --- sneaky and cheeky)
Now, I’m not giving up my day job (I know it and can do it with my eyes closed, well, not closed, but I could be dozing and I’d still do a good job) but hey, this drawing gig is starting to tickle my fancy!
How are your projects coming along? (drawing, writing, building…??)
Have you finished anything you’d like to share? (link to it in your comment and I’ll share it in a post)