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Gesture Drawings

These are some of my sketches from gesture drawing on Monday night down at The Guiness Enterprise Centre. My first formal life drawing session in a long time. Having someone hold a pose for one or two minutes was luxury since I've only been drawing from life on the street or off tv.

Wasn't bad for a first class but there's lots of stuff to improve on. Drawings I liked tended to be the one where I imagined the 'story' of the pose before I drew it so I could push it a little. Any time where I just bashed straight into drawing the figure was a disaster.

Things to improve on: clearer poses, cleaner lines - stop drawing psedo-construction lines (old habit), pushing the acting (still holding back on that somehow). Also think too much when it comes to drawing the faces and sort of freeze and then struggle to get any sort of head in in the allotted time. Need to get the whole drawing to connect more without the drawings becoming too floaty looking.

Family Portrait.

Spent most of my weekend working on this. Acrylics on the lid of a wooden wine crate. It's a late submission for a charity auction. Hopefully it'll get accepted. Below the camera-phone quality photo is the digital colour sketch I did before hand. I need to paint more. It was fun.
It's a sort of a family portrait of cacti. Inspired by the Old Man cactus and Old Lady cactus in the middle. It ended up a bit crowded and I prefer the shapes and sizes in the digital but I guess this is what happens when you haven't painted in about a year. Also this is easily the biggest piece I've ever painted.

Guilty sketch dump

Started trying to watch Peep Show in order. I think it's really a show you need to watch with someone or it can be kind of painful. Ah well. I drew this with Sakura fineliners - those pens that people use to ~ink their beautiful manga drawrerings~. I feel like there's a floaty-haired, long-lashed shojo manga goddess crying somewhere.
Next some sketches that I was mucking around with in Photoshop instead of doing film work :C


Brown Bag Lecture

 Today I attended a guest lecture in college by Darragh O'Connell of Brown Bag Films. I like listening to lectures but I'm bad at watching them because something about listening to someone speak into a microphone from a podium generates a powerful urge to draw and I become too absorbed in drawing to look up. Sometimes I can't actually manage to draw anything and then I suffer through the lecture in a state of artistic constipation but today was a good day and I filled five pages of my pocket notebook which you can see here along with my coherent and relevant notes! Wow, it's like you were there too ですね。I was watching pokemon last night. Can you tell?

I went to see My Husband is a Spaceman in the Project Arts Centre last week. I drew his before the performance started and curiously, the part that came closest to the content of the play is probably the chicken in the spaceship.

The less that's said about this night, the better C: