Meet the newest member of the family! Luxa Elsina had been abandoned with her mother and littermates. Now she’s ours! Sweet puppy, rather skinny yet. Her mom was a German Shepherd. Her dad is unknown. We brought her home on Sunday, the 28th. A couple of sleepless nights is not helping my productivity — but it’ll get better again, I’m sure.
I had a 60% off coupon at JoAnn’s and decided to use it on a book. I bought The Art Journal Workshop by Traci Bunkers. Of course, even though I have several unfinished projects and more on the to-do list, plus a new sound design class I’m starting, I had to start work on my own art journal. Here is my first two-page spread. The quality of the photo isn’t great — but then, I wasn’t planning on your being able to read it all anyway.
I have been working on a video/tribute for my mother for quite some time. It will consist of several short projects. Here is one (nearly) finished section of it.
I was going to put it up earlier, but the audio I used wasn’t allowed. In the meantime, I’ve found a nice site, musopen.org, that has public domain music. I wasn’t always able to listen to it before downloading it, but it’s a good site to remember for future projects.
There is a big difference in the drawings in which I am looking at the figure and in the ones that I’m doing from memory. I’ve decided that I need to understand anatomy a whole lot better than I do. Not that I always want to draw realistically, but I do feel like knowing the human anatomy better can only help.
So first of all, I started copying drawings from a book I have on drawings by Russian artists. I figure, Michaelangelo had to study and copy for years before he was allowed to put paint brush to … well, walls and ceiling. Although I was taught how to see, I was not taught human anatomy. Wish I had been.
copy from a drawing by Kiprenski
I also took out my sketchbook while hanging around a library with nothing better to do. Here were the teenage boys that I had to pretend I wasn’t studying and drawing.
I have been absent from my blog because of some traveling with my family. I took my heavy sketchbook, as I always do, but this time I even pulled it out and used it! The best sketches are from when my family wasn’t standing around waiting for me to finish!
Excuse the poor quality of the photos. I took them with my iPod and probably not in the best light. Tried to even out the levels a bit on Photoshop.
Couple at the boarding gate.
Ship at the Maritime Museum, Fisherman’s Wharf
Tourist seen at Boudin Bakery
Frogs at the California Academy of Sciences
Kids looking at the albino alligator
Ghirardelli’s — Need I say more?
Another still man at the hostel
at the de Young museum
I used an HB charcoal pencil for all of these. Usually I use a Pentel pen, but a friend’s sketches from her vacation inspired me to try it with the charcoal. I’m glad I did!