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D minus 3: Are you ready? October 28, 2006

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Today I took my newly assembled DrawMo!-to-go pouch out for a spin.

Drawing Bag

The bag is a Small Project Pouch made by Piddleloop. It’s intended for knitting, so there’s a pocket for notions, an elastic strap to hold needles (too tight for my phat pens, unfortunately), and a grommet in one end so you can thread your yarn out and knit with the top zipped shut. It’s exceptionally cute, and the ladies of Piddleloop were super, duper, duper nice. They offer many more fine products (including a cheaper version of this bag without the needle strap and grommet, for nonknitting applications), and you should totally go buy things from them. Once DrawMo! is over, I intend to put this to its intended use, and take up sock knitting. Anyone for SockMo?

Ahem.

Meanwhile, here’s what I crammed into it:

  • 6 Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens (the “landscape” set, with brush tips) — I’m not crazy about these, but I’m trying to get used to them. I just wish they had normal pen tips.
  • 1 fine-point brown Pitt Artist Pen — This is the kind I prefer, but I only have them in brown.
  • tin of 12 Caran d’Ache Supracolor Soft water-soluble colored pencils — This is what I ended up using today.
  • tin of 12 Derwent Artists Pencils — Somebody gave me these, and I’d forgotten I had them. They’re redundant, with the Caran d’Aches, so I’ll probably omit them from the bag on my next outing.
  • Moleskine reporter notebook — Now, with seven (sides of) pages used!
  • Muji pencil sharpener — The MoMA store is the only place I know of to get Muji in the U.S. This is from there, and I keep another one in my editing-to-go pouch. Not as if it matters what kind of pencil sharpener you use, but elegant tools make me happy.
  • Muji mechanical pencil — Got this from the Muji store in Paris, tra la!
  • Pentel Clic Eraser — These are The Shit. I keep them around for editing, but they’re great for all your eraser needs. It’s the same material as a white Mars eraser (my favorite—erases thoroughly without leaving a telltale pink smudge on the paper) but in an easier-to-handle shape.

That is all. I went to the Met, looked around a bit, then settled on a bench in the Indian sculpture area and did three sketches. Man, drawing really does make you have to use your brain in a different way. My first one—a nonblind contour drawing of a dancing female figure, sucked, right off. I made myself draw the whole outline, though, even though it looked kookity. Then I drew the same sculpture again, but this time roughing in the basic shapes first, to get them in the right positions. That came out way better, but I found that I’m very lazy about drawing detail stuff. Also, I had trouble getting enough of a range of shading. Finally, I started a third drawing of a smaller, simpler female figure, and that was going well, but then it was 8:30 and the guards started herding people out, so I was saved by the bell. Phew.

So. Good warmup, and I’ve already relearned some stuff that I’d forgotten.

Has anybody else who wasn’t drawing already gotten started? Are you ready to rumble?

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6 Responses to “D minus 3: Are you ready?”

  1. dcovert Says:

    I am SOOOO jealous. . .the city has so many awesome things to draw.

    Now if I can only get the crackheads and bikers to sit still long enough down here. . .:-P

  2. India Amos Says:

    Yeah, but then you look at Elizabeth’s work and see that you don’t have to have exciting material to make an interesting drawing: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

  3. skybellarts Says:

    Now I’m nervous. I don’t have my stuff together. I’m not sure what the “rules” are but, I’m going to draw everyday. I don’t know if I’m suppose to post the drawing and if so, where. I’m still trying to figure out WordPress.

    (I’m really trying not to whine… although wine or a Rusty Nail may help the situation!)

  4. India Amos Says:

    The rules are just to draw. If you do a drawing every day and then throw it directly into the circular file, you will have met the requirements of DrawMo!

    That said, it would be more fun if you posted some of your drawings. For that, you’ll need either a digital camera or a scanner, as well as that very difficult-to-obtain tool called “time.” I’m thinking I’ll post every other day, myself, but we’ll see.

    I see that you’ve found the Flickr group, and you know how to use Flickr already. Once you upload a picture to Flickr, on the photo’s detail page, right above the image, you should see a button labeled “Send to group.” If you send the picture to DrawMo, it will show up in our group pool. The group pool should, in turn, show up on the sidebar over here —>.

    Posting to the blog in addition to that is, like everything else, optional. I’ll try to pull together some general instructions for that later this evening.

  5. margaretei Says:

    I got my new moleskine sketchbook (FTW!) the other day. 4 pages done so far, but only one for drawing. The other three are “books to read” and a bunch of notes on two Orwell essays (Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool and his essay on English writing/clarity whose title I’ve forgotten—sorry G.O.). I sketched the new (I believe) version of the Knopf borzoi logo by Chip Kidd found on the title page and back flap of Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Road and some very rough bits from watching my mom’s bell choir rehearse while I was home this weekend. Hopefully today I can figure out the scanner/Flickr situation.

  6. India Amos Says:

    Well, obviously, I didn’t get around to posting any further instructions last night, and tonight I have French class until 9. Eek! Scary! We’ll see if I can get anything done at lunchtime.

    (Kim: I never looked up what’s in a Rusty Nail until now. I don’t like scotch, but there’s a bottle of Drambuie at Mom’s house that we dragged out to soak last year’s fruitcake, and that was some tasty stuff. Hmm.)


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