Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Summer Art Camp at Leesburg Center for the Arts

Each day this week, a different famous master artist is being covered with a short video first thing about the artist and then three different art drawing lessons that represent what the featured artist was famous for.

Monday and Tuesday of this week, I volunteered to help out at the Center during the morning art lessons provided to children ages 8 to 11.

Monday  I was there early in order to help the kids fold and cut their own accordion fold journals.  These journals were being made for them to enter something in it each day  to keep them busy between lessons while things were cleaned up from previous lesson and set up for the next.

Yesterday's featured artist was Leonardo DaVinci.  I was there with material drawn up for the kids to draw Mr. Potato Head as the Vitruvian Man DaVinci is famous for.  Carolyn (who heads this art camp) presented the lesson while myself and others walked around to help each child if they needed it.  The Vitruvian Man exercise was Lesson #2 with the first Lesson having children draw the MonoLisa using a picture of themselves as a starting point.


While preparing for Lesson #2, these kids went to another table to draw in their journals.  This sketch represents five of the 13 that were there.

Worked in a large Stillman & Birn Beta journal.


75 Day Challenge - Days 57, 58, and 59

Only 16 days remaining :-)

Day 57 - Pretty self explanatory.  Worked in small Beta journal.


Day 58 - Using my little bear to depict how I was feeling yesterday.  Worked in cartridge paper sketchbook using a Micron 02


Day 59 - Worked early this morning in small Beta journal


Sunday, July 23, 2017

75 Day Challenge - Days 54, 55, and 56

Day 54 - A small backpack illustration as I sit and think about accessories I could sketch to go with and characterize my little 2 inch bear, Opal, for card ideas and art flyers.  Micron pen used in cartridge paper sketchbook.


Day 55 - A couple of Opal poses as well as accessories.   Used a Micron for this one as well.  Also in the cartridge paper sketchbook.


Day 56 - Birdhouse from a photo I took my last trip to Lake Sumter Landing in The Villages.   This one worked in a new small Stillman & Birn Beta journal.  I chose the Lamy Safari fountain pen as it works best when I want to achieve super light/fine lines........loaded with Lexington Gray ink.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Opal Painting on Location

For those who know me and follow along here, on Flickr, and Facebook, this "model" shows up quite often.  I love using Opal as a model.  I just love bears, I guess...........lol.  But Opal is special as he or she is a vintage miniature birthstone bear gifted me many years ago.

With this sketch, I decided Opal would go out on location and do some painting.  This represents our group going out on various sketchcrawls with this one at Venetian Gardens here in Florida.

Hand sewn journal and Lamy Safari / Lexy Gray ink


75 Day Challenge - Days 52 and 53

Well I'm just past 2/3 of the way through this 75 Day Challenge / Round 2.  Am I feeling a bit more confident jumping in with pen and ink?  I think so.  At least I'm not feeling that major hesitation or fear when starting out.  Do I still want to grab my pencil?  Absolutely...........lol.  It's just the way I enjoy working, I guess.  But my working this challenge can only be a positive  :-)

Day 52 - I grabbed one of my little lego people and decided to sketch her.   I was looking at quotes for artists and thought I'd work this little illustration with one I really liked.

The lego lady is using pen and ink but the quote is added with computer so I can change the quote around and share if I so choose.  The lego lady and surrounding box was worked in the cartridge paper journal.
Day 53 - An added challenge working pen and ink only is working with a black subject.  Sometimes I'm not sure just how much to fill in and it still represent black without going overboard or it turning out as a solid fill.  And with this one I faced yet another challenge using a Micron trying to achieve variations in line strokes.  It's easier with a fountain pen for sure.

Worked in the Cartridge paper journal / Micron 02


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