Friday, October 28, 2011

The Art of Letters

Believe it or not, this post is not about schoolwork! How exciting! You may remember that about a year and a half ago a couple of my good friends got married, and I had the pleasure of working with them on their wedding invitations. It was lovely. After the wedding, they asked me if I would write out their vows so they could put them up in their home. I was excited about the project, but as I'm sure you know, time flies and it's easy to get caught up with things like work and school. When I found myself with a free month before Fall semester, more than a year after they were married, I finally finished them! I'm very happy with the final product, and most importantly my friends like it too <3

Done in dip pen and ink with red watercolor and gold acrylic embellishments (a little hard to make out in the photo) on some nice quality natural-creme colored art paper, 16x20". Some detail shots:

This was my first experience mailing an original piece of artwork across the country, so I was nervous, but it got there safe and sound. Success! (A shout-out to a friend of mine whose how-to video I referred to when packing it for mailing: hi Kevin!)

And as you can probably tell, I'm a big fan of the hand drawn type. Here's an instagrammed sneak peek of some lettering I've been working on for a project I hope to get rolling in the next couple months..

That's it! Thanks for reading!

Some drawings and stuff

Why hello there. It's been a while, and for that I do apologize.. I'd say I've been too busy, or too stressed, but honestly it was the dreaded mid-semester slump that got me. But it's over now, so we won't even bother to talk about it!

Over the past few weeks (oh crap, it's been a whole month since my last post, hasn't it) I've built up quite a stack of drawings from my classes, and to be completely honest with you, oh faithful or randomly-stopping-by reader, I'm just too tired right now to sort through and pick out and photograph and edit and upload and write about all of the decent ones. Most of them are from my clothed figure drawing class, and to be honest most of them are not very good.. that class is a lot of short poses, though we've been getting up to 40 minutes lately, and while I think I'm getting better, none of my work for that class has been very post-worthy so I'll just skip it.

Here are some heads from head drawing class, though. We're getting some delightfully long poses in that class now. The fella with the beard was an all-day sitting, so minus lecture and demo and breaks and lunch, we got like four hours I think? Pretty nice. Numbers two and four are from workshops, so they were only ~2 1/2 hours. I can't get much done it that time, especially when working with graphite, but it's still good practice.

#1 charcoal

#2 charcoal

#3 graphite

#4 graphite

graphite on fabulous, smooth, cream-colored 80lb drawing paper

Now this last lovely lady here was a master copy homework assignment. The drawing I chose was by Tony Ryder, whose website is here. Turns out I can't find an online image of the drawing I copied, and I seem to have misplaced my scanned version (from his book An Artist's Complete Guide to Figure Drawing) so just imagine what I drew, but way better. His work is amazing. I definitely learned a lot while doing this.. it's worth the time (this took me the better part of a weekend, so it does take some time), if you're interested in working on your drawing skills on your own, to do a master copy. I thought I wouldn't get much out of it, that it would just be like copying anything else, but nope. A great exercise.

And slightly off topic, remember those t-shirts I mentioned? Well here they are:

I think they look pretty good, no?

Thanks for stopping by! I always want to say stay classy after writing that...