The Artist Journal: Life Drawing Introduction

For my first time life drawing, I had mixed feelings about it because I was excited to start… But I felt my skills were pretty poor. I hoped it was clawed back in the final moments of the life drawing session, but that is up for speculation.

So it’s a friday afternoon, the model casually makes his way in while the group is working and the next moment involves the setup and the man undressing. Sure enough there were a few silenced giggles and blushed faces, but I guess we had to get on with it, right? Well I set up my easel, paper and drawing materials and got to work for a few hours. It was much harder than I thought, but I had an excellent tutor to guide me through the session, yet i’m still conflicted about the progress… But I’ll leave that up to my audience to tell me what they think :).

As always, here are some photos:

The Artist Journal: Anatomy Practice

Currently for the past two weeks, I have been trying to develop my anatomy drawing skills and so far progress is going well. Yet… I’m always dissapointing myself with my lack of knowledge, or the fact that I draw certain body parts out of proportion or perspective. All I can do is practice practice practice and I have a couple of books to learn from too. Here’s some drawings for show:

In my honest opinion I feel I’m slowly developing in drawing skills but yet severely lacking the skills I want & need. There are quite I few ways I can aproach this problem: study books, talk to artists, watch videos and of course… Practice practice practice. In fact, I can probably do all those, as I need to study as much material and get as much professional advice as I can. So I guess I’ve got to study books and videos, talk to people and practice hard.

If anyone has any advice and such, please feel free to let me know and I will gladly accept it. Any other comments, just drop ’em in.

Liverpool Biennial 2012

On a journey through Liverpool’s bustling streets and side-path alleyways, me and my class went on a discovery of contempory artwork from professional and amateur artists. The date Wednesday 17th October was the day we spent in the city and there’s a whole heap of photos to look through, so don’t let me stop you.

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Upon my walk through Liverpool, buildings such as the Walker Gallery, the Cunard Building and the Tate Modern were hotspots for the Biennial event and the top 3 destinations to visit. Artists such as Elizabeth Magill, Mark Wallinger and Janine Antoni feature in this set of pictures that were taken in&around Liverpool… Even found a Banksy print too. All of those artists I did not know of until the Biennial and it was a pleasant experience to discover the talent that is driving the UK forward in the art world.

My particular favourite is “Sighting” by Elizabeth Magill because of the fantasy atmosphere I perceive from the piece. Not only is it creative, it’s detailed and the painting is of excellent quality: The glow on the branches that sit in the murky water is beautiful, but the truely skillful part of the painting is the shine/reflection upon the water that portrays a serene moment.

Over the day, I’ve seen many great pieces… But I was exhausted after the trek, so I called it a day after collecting information.

Walker Gallery Visit

I went to the Walker Gallery in Liverpool, England on Sept 11th (which was when I snapped these photographs) and these artworks just blew me away: the dynamic colours, the smooth blend (no clumps) and some impecable detail. All of which is what I aspire to for creating my own illustrations.

I admire each creative style shown in the 4 pieces I photographed, purely because of the differences in linework and colour, each setting a mood that reflects upon the character of the artist. One of my favourite words to use when describing artwork is vibrant, and sure enough there is plenty of vibrancy among the pictures. I honestly didn’t expect to come to the Walker Gallery and find such amazing paintings and illustrations and I immediately thought of these as cool, as soon as I laid eyes on them. Jealousy, admiration, determination, all feelings instilled in me when I see beautiful artwork.

My particular favourites, are the two landscape illustrations, whom were made by Edward Lear because they’re so calm and depict bustling life despite being so still. Indeed, Edward Lear is one of few personal inspirations and I would aspire to be just as good as the man.