I’ve been playing around with these images from my objects of desire drawing and here’s a new illo from that. I have been doing some new drawings too but I have to play with them a little so maybe wed. I’ll post something totally new.
Lovely, scenic brussels November 26, 2007
I had a 2.5-hour layover in Brussels this morning, on my way to Dublin, so I did some drawings from a seat in the middle of the shopping area.
Some signs were reflected on the shiny floor:
I have decided that Brussels is an excellent
country city, by the way, because everything is in both French and Dutch: two languages I can’t speak at all but love to listen to.
wine November 25, 2007
Wine – a glass of red and a glass of white. I started and finished this sketch with a 4b pencil. I considered switching to a different one at some point but then decided to not fuss for fear that I would make it worse than it was.
This month has gone so fast and I’ve really enjoyed the daily draws. With only five more drawing days left, I’m trying to figure out how to remember to keep drawing after November ends!
catchup November 24, 2007
today’s last-minute effort is celebratory:
been playing with Scribbler the last couple of days – it’s hell fun, and some of the results are terrific. Original drawings are on flickr too, but they’re just frameworks to go nuts on with scribbler.
top of the coat/hatrack in my room that holds all the scarves, hats & shawls etc that I never wear. Texta on cartridge.
quick pencil sketch of my daughter’s hands. 2B on cartridge.
Bourbon & Bob November 21, 2007
The second hot toddy I’ve applied to my current rhinovirus. I ordered this one at a bar near my office, where I go because they have really good food. The bartender had never made a hot toddy before, however, and although he was game, this was not a very good one. Especially since even though I thought I shouted "Scotch!" quite loud enough over the Rolling Stones (which is what he plays, 90 percent of the time), in the event, he made my drink with bourbon, which I don’t like. Also, not enough lemon, and not enough honey. Or, to look at it another way, too much water. Your choice.
And, as a dubious bonus drawing for yesterday, there’s this:
I try not to make a habit of this, but I needed some artwork to illustrate a story about that new Bob Dylan movie, and I didn’t want to use a typical stock photo. I’d tried half-assedly to hire an illustrator for it last week, but he was busy. So, with apologies to both Milton Glaser and Aubrey Beardsley (what a combo!), I drew my own. The final version is in the story: The Wandering Kind.
Medicine November 18, 2007
I’ve caught a cold, probably from those germy tango people, so I made a hot toddy: cognac, honey, lemon juice, hot water, a cinnamon stick, and three cloves.
Because I felt like a wet rag today, I went outside only to get chicken soup and more tissues. Sitting in the cold to draw did not seem like a good idea. This, therefore, is the first day of DrawMo! 2007 that I drew inside my apartment. So I tried to make it up to the world by making the process really, really tedious, using the very thin pens that I don’t have in brown. It’s hard to draw cognac, gold leaf, and wood without a brown pen.
It took me so long to draw this that by the time I was done and could pick up the glass, my drink was cold. I reheated it (in a different glass—can’t microwave gold leaf) in the microwave.
Day #2 … November 15, 2007
I’ve been a terrible Drawmonaut, but things have been just too busy around here. Going to London, getting a cold, moving office … things have just kept getting in the way of my sketching. In my defense I can tell you that I did carry my sketchbook all around London. Just didn’t take it out of my purse …
choices November 11, 2007
Beer bottles on the shelf at Barbès in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
I got to the bar good and early, because last time I went to see Les Chauds Lapins at Barbès, I arrived just as they were starting, and the eensy performance space was packed. I stood pressed into a doorway for the first half and had to stand outside the room altogether, behind a guy who was, like, seven feet tall, for the second half.
Of course, when I arrived for this show, the band wasn’t there yet, and the room was closed. So I sat at the end of the bar and ordered a beer, and then I spent a few minutes steeling myself to draw in public.
Maybe ten minutes in, the very nice bartender saw me drawing and brought over a candle—thereby changing all the shadows and highlights. “No! You’re ruining it!” I said. “But thanks!”
Later on, while I waited for the band to start (from a seat in the second row, right in front of Meg!), I decided to tidy up the drawing, blacking in some of the shadows more. One of the first things I did? Fill in the highlights on the Anchor Steam bottle. Oops. Had to put them back in using Photoshop. At the same time, I obviously forgot to apply any shading to the label on the same bottle.
I chose a draft beer, myself—Blue Point Toasted Lager, which I’d never heard of before. Tasty.
Drawing 6: Junipero on the rocks November 9, 2007
Originally uploaded by cynthiacloskey.
You know what’s nice? Gin. I like a Martini if it’s made well, I adore a Negroni, and I’d probably like just about any well-made cocktail based on the stuff. But I’m more than OK with a nice glass of good gin, on the rocks. Hendrick’s is my favorite to have this way, but because it’s my favorite I’ve consumed all of it. What I do have is some Junipero, which — as the name suggests — pretty much screams “juniper” at the top of it’s icy lungs. Still, it’s nicely made and tasty to boot.
It’s hard to draw though. I’ve written a bit about the problem on my blog. I will try again to tackle this problem a few more times this month, I suspect.