Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Channeling Roy Lichtenstein

Last night in drawing class my assignment was to do a self portrait in the style of Roy Lichtenstein.  It was so much fun!   This is about 15" x 15" in size.  I am thinking about adding some color, but thought I'd post this first.   Last drawing class for awhile.  It has been fun.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Nieghborhood sketch ready to show

My neighborhood drawing framed and "ready to show" at Shaw.  It seems to have a sepia tone in the front left plantings and I am not sure why, or why that area shows as so dark.  Bad photograph.  It is a decent drawing.  I had to deal with the smudges and so I just smudged everything and went back and erased the whites.   Then I had to do some touch-ups.  

I may never do this type of thing again, but it was kind of fun and it does show typical buildings in my neighborhood.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


I actually did this a couple of weeks ago, but have had a lot of trouble getting a good picture.   It's still not great, but I am going with it.  So, this was an hour's work of sketching a few buildings near the art workshop (Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, or CHAW), where I am taking my drawing class. This scene is actually only a half block from my home.   I am so close to CHAW and love that.  Our assignment was to draw some buildings from the grounds of CHAW.  I kind of like what I did, but really want to do more with this drawng. My mission was to tell about the arched doorway and I think at this point it is about the garlands on the buiding that is nearer.  I will work more on this one because I am generally happy with the progress and also because I need to do what I set out to do and focus on that lovely arch.  Architectural drawing is a challenge, but I have already have someone in my house who recognizes the specific buildings I was drawing, and that is a big reward.

Saturday, May 10, 2014


This drawing is from last week.  I couldn't post it then because I was a little disappointed and left it behind.  When I saw it again a week later, I kind of liked it, and so did my teacher Carolina.  Now it is on the bulletin board where we post we like.  It is very "wonky" because it is a charcoal contour drawing.   For those who don't know, contour drawing is supposed to be more looking at the subject than looking at the object (or person...or whatever) being drawn.  That means that sometimes the lines don't actually match what is being drawn.  If you haven't tried it, I think you should.   To me, this drawing captures the "spirit" of the blender, and the push buttons are hilarious, and make me want to push them.  It was preliminary to an exercise that I feel I failed.

We were supposed to do a drawing that would be surreal, and would include a blender and some portions of the drawing studio interior.  I attempted to show two blenders dancing on pillows.  That would, of course, have created havoc when they were "turned on."  I failed so completely that I do not want to show my attempt and I will not try to complete it.  However, I am happy with this blender, though I would make some adjustments if I wanted to turn it into a painting.  /actually, I am happy to just let it be.