Once again I am caught up in a whirlwind of projects and classes this semester, but I wanted to take a moment to share my latest work from my pastel class. I am currently studying under Bonnie Roth, who is a fantastic artist and thought provoking instructor. Take a browse thru her gallery if you have a few minutes: http://www.bonnierothanderson.com/portrait2.html. She is broadening my perception of color every week, and I have been thoroughly enjoying the journey!
For this particular piece, we spent 3 sessions with our model, and I must say that I am really enjoying this medium. I have always loved working in charcoal, so this seems to me a natural progression into the realm of pastels. I am looking forward to re-working some of my picture book illustrations with some of these new concepts and techniques. Thanks for stopping by my virtual studio! 😉
What a great couple of months this has been! I have been caught up in a rush of school activities for my kids, and my classes have picked up speed as well. I finished out the rest of my Drawing class last semester, just in time to prepare for family and friends visiting over Christmas. Then, my Winter and Spring session courses added to my already frenzied days! Currently I am enrolled in three courses: Writing for Children, Designing and Illustrating Children’s Books and Graphic Design! And I am LOVIN’ it! From the outset, it seems highly unlikely that I could ever keep up this pace. Yet in the midst of each project, I find this new reserve of energy and passion that drives me to finish line. This is definitely what I was born to do!
A self portrait appropriation based on the amazing original artwork of Marjorie Liu and Daniel Acuna (Marvel Comics, July 2010).
Last week, I put together the mock up of a Picture Book dummy which I am hoping to get critiqued by an editor at an upcoming conference in May. I initially thought that I would have 3 months to work on this, however I learned during registration that a sample had to be postmarked within 3 days. Needless to say, I was launched into high gear! And just to keep things interesting, my first Graphic Design project due date was around the corner. The assignment required that we submit an appropriation of a favorite character out of a graphic novel. I chose the Black Widow character from Marvel Comics after recently watching Scarlett Johansson’s awesome portrayal of Natasha Romanoff in “Iron Man 2” and “The Avengers” – now THAT’s what I’m talking about ~ Excellent choreography in her fight scenes! This style of illustration is not what I typically generate, and we were expected to re-invent ourselves as this character. After multiple searches for an action packed illustration, I finally found the cover, “The Name of the Rose” (Issue #2) created by Marjorie Liu and Daniel Acuna for Marvel Comics. By using their fantastic work as a template, I was able to explore this style with my own pen and ink self portrait and ultimately render the finished product through Adobe Illustrator – it was a ton of fun! I added my own facial features and hair, and my holster carries paintbrushes and pencils, ready to produce extreme graphics at a moment’s notice. Now I have something to hang in my studio to keep me motivated… Speaking of which, it’s time to get back to work! Glad to be back in the blogosphere!
One of my better daily practice sketches.
Continuing my organizational mission in my studio, I found some charcoal sketches from a portraiture class I had enrolled in 10 years ago at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts — WOW, has it really been that long?! At the time, I wasn’t really sure if I would be any good at drawing faces, but I wanted to give it a try. As it turned out, I really loved this subject, and I realized that pencil sketching each day would open me up to clearer observations of the details and sharpen my skills little by little. So now that I am gearing up for my Drawing class that begins in the Fall, I thought I would post a few of my favorites. I decided to add a few of the smaller sketches that were a part of my daily practice routine, as well. This is a conscious reminder that I need to get that drawing pad out again for my down times… Did I really write that? I am a mother of 4, there are no downtimes!!! So in Momspeak, that is to say that I need to carve some time into my quiet hours ~ which equates to the time that the children are in bed sleeping, and when I probably should be doing the same. But who has time for sleep when there are creative conquests on the horizon! These are the moments when you recognize that you are doing what you were created to do. You are recharged with a second wind of passion that drives you into the wee hours of invigorating process until you reluctantly surrender to your pillow. With a breath of fresh morning light your workscape beckons to you… ahh yes, THIS is my Fitztopia…
A quick sketch of Gandalf emerging out of my fascination
with “Lord of the Rings” when the first movie was released.
Exploring various exposures of light in the studio with charcoal.