A recent assignment in my Daily Draw group was: choose an object and draw that object each day for a week. I chose a mask that I bought last October in Florence, Italy, from a street vendor. It was cheap, probably made in China, but I liked it anyway. Here are some of those drawings, the last being the one drawing that meant the most to me. These were all done using the Sketch Club app for iPad, along with more than one photo editing app to crop, manipulate color, duplicate, flip and collage.
When I saw the assignment for last week's Daily Draw, my heart sank. "Childhood Memories." I don't have that many good childhood memories. As an adult, years of therapy (individual, marriage, group) gradually helped me to "un-numb," grieve, and, as much as possible, move on. These days, I find it is best to not dwell on the events of my childhood, except to answer a question or to help someone else know that they are not alone. I did not relish this assignment. But, I committed to do a drawing a day, based on the subject given. So, I plunged in. I did these drawings on the iPad, using the Sketch Club app, and doing some cropping and color editing with the Camera+ app. I tried to find the positive memories.
So first. I always read, voraciously. The first drawing? I still have my old copy of Winnie-the-Pooh. Not the Disney version, the original. A good memory. And, second, I remembered playing in a pothole after a heavy rain with my best friend, Mary Elizabeth. We were perhaps four years old.
The assignment had stirred up some bad memories, even tho I tried to focus on the positive. I missed one day, due to emotional exhaustion, I suppose. But, the next day, the last day, I found one of the best memories. I did the text below left using Sketch Club, which has a text setting.
The current week's assignment: pick an object, draw it each day using a different technique/style. I will post those drawings next week. And, for your amusement., here is a Chef Boy-Ar-Dee commercial from 1953, the year before I was born:
My favorite week of the Daily Draw Group: pick an album and do a drawing a day based on a different song title each day. I picked Abbey Road, by the Beatles. Usually, I prefer to draw from life. I have the devil of a time trying to draw from my imagination. I enjoyed this particular assignment, tho. Here are my four favorites of that week, all done on the iPad, using the Sketch Club app, then editing in Camera+ and a few other photo-editing apps.
Yes, there were three others. But, I'll stop here. With my favorites.
I joined a group on Tumblr called The Daily Draw. We are given the theme for the upcoming week and commit to do a drawing a day based on the theme. My first week, the theme given was Vegetables. So, I came up with 7 drawings of vegetables that week. At the same time, I was getting work prepared for a group exhibit with the theme "New Beginnings." I pondered how I could use the vegetable drawings to go with this theme. So, I chose 4 of the drawings, all created using the Sketch Club app for iPad., then loading them into the Camera+ app to crop and boost the color. Here they are:
I used the Photo Wall app to make a collage of the four drawings. I had a problem, tho. The backgrounds did not match. Here it is, before I loaded it into ArtRage to work on the background color:
I loaded it into ArtRage and used the brush tool to work on the background and pull it all together. Now, an 8x8 inch print of the piece is mounted on an 8x8 Ampersand board, hanging in the "New Beginnings" exhibit. Here is the finished digital version:
The "New Beginnnings" exhibit is hanging in the "Open Doors" gallery at Hill Country Bible Church NW, 12124 RR 620 North, Austin, TX 78750.
One great thing about doing artwork on the iPad: I can save a drawing at any point. I can then track the progress, decide if I overworked, start over, play around. So, to demonstrate, I will show you the various stages of Shelly. The drawing began in Sketch Club, moved over to ArtRage, then back to Sketch Club, then went thru various photo editing apps. Whew!
This all took about an hour, I think. Fits and starts, blind alleys, try this, try that. It was fun. Which state is best? You decide. Leave a comment, and let me know!
Recently, I was the sketch artist at a birthday party. This 1920's theme party was adults only, and the hostess went full out for her husband's birthday. Wonderful catered food, two burlesque performers for that "gin joint" feel. And, then there was me. I sat in the office, available to sketch people. I had all my traditional media ready to go, and I also brought my iPad. All the people who came to me chose the iPad as my medium. I was a bit surprised, but I think the newness of the idea was what attracted them, even tho digital art didn't really fit in with the 1920's. Perhaps I was an artist from the future, dropping in on a speakeasy, but ready to climb back into my time machine when the party ended.
So, I did the sketches, but then I had a lot of fun playing around with them later. First, here they are as sketches. All done using the ArtRage app. Scroll on down, if you want to see them after I played with them.
Here, a gangster costume.
Then, a gal dressed as a gangster's moll.
A couple came in for a sketch.
And, a female guest.
Then, I decided to have a little fun with the Half-Tone app and the Comics app. Right now, I prefer the Half-Tone app, but if you are interested in trying out the comic book style, play around with both and see what you think. So, here they are as comic strip panels.
Doing these took me back to when I was a kid, waiting for the next issue of Superman to arrive on the newsstands. So much fun!
In lifedrawing, aka figure drawing, we normally start out doing gesture poses. The traditional gesture pose is 1 minute, but I've done everything from a 5 second to a 5 minute. Does 5 minutes count as a gesture? It's hard to know where to draw the line between a gesture and a sketch.
Doing portrait gestures is an extremely valuable exercise. Drawing the one-minute face, the three-minute, the five-minute. The seven minute, which is definitely moving into being a sketch, not a gesture drawing. Then moving on to a longer time.
Here are examples from yesterday.
First, the one minute face. Done on my iPad, using the ArtRage app. I routinely put about 75% of my gesture drawings in recycling, keeping the ones I like for reference. Using the iPad instead saves on paper. Goodness knows, just making the device left a big carbon footprint. I need to do what I can to offset that. Besides, how many pieces of paper can I have in my house before someone calls the fire marshall?
Here is the three minute face. There's a little bit of a likeness beginning to form. Again, done on iPad.
The five minute face. Again on the iPad. I managed to start bringing in some lights and darks.
The thirty minute face. I returned to traditional media for the longer piece. This is charcoal and pastel on Ampersand pastelboard. I enjoy seeing the progression. I had not drawn Jodie G. in a very long time. The likeness is not quite there yet. I need to draw her several more times before a true likeness emerges.
I can draw a recognizable image of my husband without him being anywhere nearby. We've been married 33 years. Remember the song from My Fair Lady? "I've grown accustomed to her face...." Or, in this case, to his face.