Monday, September 12, 2011

Digital Sketchbooks

In an effort to expand into the community a little bit, I have spent this week updating an online sketchbook at This is a great place where I go to be inspired by the work of professionals and students alike. I'm a bit shy to start really commenting on other people's sketchbooks, but eventually, the better I get to know people there, the more we can share critiques and advice.

What I've emphasized this week in my sketching is that a return to the basics can always do you some good. Especially after a drawn out break like the one I just took. Not only is it good practice to warm back up again, but even more importantly is the emphasis on things that I may have missed the last I did a study on the basics, and may not have been practicing in my most recent artwork.

If you're interested, this is a link to my sketchbook.

Also, I don't like posting here without something to show, so this is a page of studies based on the figures within Andrew Loomis' book, "Figure Drawing For All Its Worth."

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Faces of Garda

 You may just want to skip the text walls and look at the pictures, you may not. I place the choice at your fingertips.

Last time I posted, my claim to have returned to the world of art making appears to have been a little bit of a fake out. So I decided that next time I wanted to be sure that I'd been drawing again for more than a few days before announcing the end of my post-Senior year hiatus. So, I believe that this is it, sick of working my dead end cashier job, I feel I ought to get back into my portfolio in earnest.

Firstly, because I'd be doing myself a great disservice if I didn't do some refresher exercises I set into a project I'd been meaning to do for some time. So I set out to practice drawing my faces, and I've drawn a bunch this past week, of which I will present a few here. To give the project a touch of inspiration for myself, I decided to theme each set of portraits as groups of people you'd meet in the world of Garda. I would like to note however, that a great deal has changed these last few months, as I've also been rewriting the history of Garda and the nature of her people. So names of people and places that are familiar from previous posts may mean something new now. Nothing will be revealed until things are more definite, but if I'm successful as an artist you may be able to glean some things from the portraits.

The Varang Kol