Monday, 23 February 2015

Another trip to you-know-where

I seem to go to Edmonton a lot.  Fortunately, little drawing opportunities abound.  Here are five fairly haphazard examples from the last trip.

First, quick portraits on the seabus and sky-train to the airport.  My portrait drawing may not be getting any better, but I am learning to find people who don't move much, or get off at the next stop.  I think all three of these gentlemen may be secret agents.

Then a panorama at the airport.  I actually did the right half on a previous trip, but then I noticed that this trip's view aligned right beside the old one, so a bit of (inexpert) Photoshopping gave me a panorama.  My flight always seems to leave from the same gate, so I think I have a project for the next 10 or so trips.  (And, of course, it is always blue-sky sunny in Vancouver...)

I try to draw surreptitiously when I'm at a restaurant by myself - it passes the time three times faster than pretending to look at important things on my smart-phone.  But I was caught this time, by a lady who graciously continued to pose until her group was leaving, when she demanded to see my drawing. She continued to be gracious, despite the not entirely flattering portrait.

Many of the buildings at the University of Alberta are connected by walkways and tunnels, which are fun to explore (and practical on cold days).  You find esoteric things of interest along the way, like this dissected plane engine on an overpass through an engineering building.

And finally, a view from the hotel window, reminding this Vancouverite that it is winter in parts of Canada.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Busy places

A couple drawings in the last few weeks from busy places.  "Busy" not just in the sense of lots of people, but also busy for drawing - lots of little things, tables, shelves, bottles, doors, walls, signs, lights, pipes, wires, and, yes, people.  I like doing detailed drawings of busy places when I feel I have time, but I'd also like to figure out how to capture all that busyness quickly, for my more time-pressed moments (or just so that I can captured more of the amazing busyness of the world!).  Someone told me once that the secret to drawing hair is just to draw it.  I'm sure the same wisdom applies to drawing busy scenes quickly.  The only problem is that I'm not quite sure what they meant...

Monday, 2 February 2015

Flamenco and Cruella

 It was a weekend of life-drawing, in two venues that were about as different as could be.  First, Saturday morning at Basic Inquiry for poses by a lovely flamenco dancer.  There was a full house at the studio, with an intense, highly reverential atmosphere that was inspiring for drawing Sula's elegant and hard-working poses (You try holding your arms in the air without moving for 10 minutes).  Mind you, I do think my third drawing looks more like a Greek freedom-fighter storming the ramparts in a hail of bullets...

That was followed on Sunday night by another full house at Dr. Sketchy's, where the intense and highly irreverential atmosphere was equally inspiring for drawing the sometimes less elegant but still hard-working poses of Diamond Minx, posing as Cruella de Vil of 101 Dalmatians fame.

Which do I prefer?  A toss-up - both were great.  (Well, maybe a slight edge to Dr Sketchy, since I won the prestigious Dr Sketchy's pencil award.  But only because no one else drew the requisite number of Dalmatians.  Even though mine look more like popcorn.)