I go to a nude figure drawing class every week, but last week it was sort of cold in our room, so our model chose to wear a dress she had with her. And it was sort of nice, for a change, to be able to draw material.
African American Girl in dress March 9, 2008
a piano man November 26, 2007
I was trying for Billy Joel, but didn’t quite make it. Oh well, it was a 10 minute drawing. We’ll just pretend he’s singing, “Piano Man”. If you want to see me drawing this, I have some photos on Flickr. http://flickr.com/photos/86825355@N00/2067378484/
trumpet November 19, 2007
I’m heading up to Seattle in a couple of days and have been a little stressed about keeping up with NaBloPoMo and DrawMo! I have this cellphone that does all this whiz-bang stuff that I’ve only used for making and receiving calls. Since my daughter left for college, I’ve been learning text messaging. It’s not difficult, I can form sentences and type, but the learning-curve challenge (of seeing the keys and trusting that the text I’m typing will generate the words I want) has been a tad frustrating. Today I spent some time to learn how to send text messages with photos to both my Blogger and Flickr accounts. This picture, taken with the cell phone in normal light, turned out better than I thought it would.
drawing class model November 15, 2007
Tonight was my figure drawing class. This is my least favorite model (personal reasons), but I was trying out a new soft charcoal pencil I had never used before and liked the results. Although I had to keep sharpening it every two seconds it seemed.
Nov. 13 November 13, 2007
I don’t know what kind of critter this was–possibly a rabbit–with one long tooth left. Maybe the teeth grew so long the poor thing couldn’t eat anymore? I tried Bristol Board but didn’t like the surface for charcoal.
Nov. 7 November 7, 2007
Here’s a piece of ginger, looking like some alien life form—charcoal on Canson paper.
dick cheney tries to smile November 6, 2007
Nov. 3 November 3, 2007
Well, I’m back. It must have been the traffic last night instead of just the dial-up problem so now all I have to do is post early in the morning.
Here’s a milkweed pod. The white charcoal over the black just made everything look blue. Oh well. I love the look of the pods—another beautiful natural form.
Days 7 & 8 November 9, 2006
Still with the charcoal and the pencils. I’ve been really rushed the last few days, so I’ve squeezed my sketching in during rushed meals at restaurants. (Today will be no different.)
Day 7: Chips & Salsa. I’m not sure why this scanned at full-size — sorry ’bout that. It’s also my least favorite of the sketches so far, mostly because of the way the bubbles on the chips look like spots, not bubbles. Color could help me on this, but time is too limited.
Day 8: Still out of groceries, so went to the Monroe Hotel for dinner. I stand out when I go there because I eat alone in the dining room (rather than the bar) and typically read the whole time. Last night I drew instead. There was a 24-person birthday party finishing when I arrived, so I hurried to capture the balloons before they left. While I was sketching I could hear snips of conversation — the one I quoted was the one I most wanted to butt in and argue with, but I knew doing so would not help anyone.