Work! Work! Work! Work! Grind! Grind! Grind! Grind! I’m really feeling this week’s TGIM. It’s not going to happen if you just talk or write about it. I constantly have to watch out for the overplanning side of me where I can end up with a great plan and not much work done. There has to be a point where you just start and adjust as you go because things always changes anyway. With that said, I better get back to drawing :)
My favorite one of the bunch this week is “Grumpy the ottoman bird”. We have to keep it off the floor for now because the puppy likes to chew on its wings.
I’m a big fan of manga/anime style of drawing. I used to practice a lot when I was a little younger, watching TV shows like Sailor Moon,Dragon Ball and Great Teacher Onizuka. My brother and I would pause the recorded shows and draw them freehand. It’s something that I’d like to get back into sometime in the near future. I recently did this portrait of my brother in manga style using SketchBook Pro for ipad. I’m a little rusty. It’s a little rough but it reminds me of Riley from The Boondocks :)
Last week I closed my old twitter account to concentrate on my new projects. I feel, focusing on one thing instead of many will help me get more things done. Before closing it, I designed a little header that illustrates my move from the @m2jl nest to the @mjsketchbook. Since twitter is represented by a bird, I imagine my twitter name is a nest. I really like the idea and wanted to share it with you.
This really neat sculpture by Chung Hung is located at the Garden of Provinces and Territories, right in the middle on a field of grass. The abstract sculpture is made out of red cedar in the shape of a “loop” bending at 12 locations (points). It looks really nice against the various types of trees and was a good challenge to draw. I wonder if the 12 points was supposed to represent the 12 provinces and territories at the time, since it was built in 1982, before Nunavut was added.
We’re in the second quarter of the TGIMs so I decided to make some little adjustments to the look of my sketchnotes. It looks like this quarter is going to be about taking action. I always internalize ET’s instructions and I can already see a couple thoughts I need change (not an easy thing to do, but it’s necessary), some adjustments I need to make and massive actions I need to take. I guess we all have our weights we carry around in life for whatever reason and the key is to see how they can be used to help us get to the next level. There’s a lot of things that involve an amazing life for me and I can tell you that my amazing life includes a lot of art and a modern luxury villa in Ibiza :).
week 19 daily sketches
These are my daily sketches from last week. I like the fading background from the “Munny World” sketch. It wasn’t planned. My marker was running out and I ended up with a better result from it. It’s my favorite background thus far from this “series”. Newton’s non stuffed toy was interesting and challenging to draw. It turned out better than expected. The chew toy didn’t turned out as I would like, but still interesting. I’m also liking the border using the word “shower” on the side at the bottom. Will probably use that again somewhere else
I’m testing a new idea for some of my urban sketches, using paint chips as a my “canvas”. It’s an interesting way to “add colours”. These are my first few attempts.
Sometimes I get the impression that science is slowly becoming a religion with strick rules and doctrines on how things should be. It’s strange to hear scientists mocking other scientists because they are studying things outside the currently accepted norms or are making discoveries that would completely change the way we currently understand various things in life. Or maybe it’s always been that way? Change make most people uncomfortable and therefore always seem to bring a lot of resistance. The biggest discoveries of our time seem to always have encounter a lot of resistance. Perhaps as a scientist, it’s a good way to know that you’re on to something. I wonder if the next big step in science will include the study of consciousness.
This sculpture, located on the corner of Bank St and Spark St (Ottawa,ON), was created by Sorel Etrog, a Romanian-Canadian artist, writer and philosopher. Named “Flight Vol”, it is made out of bronze and was part of the Canadian Pavilion during Expo 67 held in Montreal. It caught my eye as I was walking with Newton the other day. It’s a very abstract and interesting sculpture to draw. To me it evoque the embrace of a couple.
Looks like I might be making more daily sketches to practice on a weekly basis. I find it not only helps to draw various objects faster, but also I get to test various techniques and layouts. I like challenging myself by not using an eraser and draw with a pen directly. I’m also playing with the lettering. I recently bought a calligraphy marker to change things up a bit. It takes a little getting use to but there’s a lot of fun thing that can be done with it. The titles on the bottom three sketches were made using the calligraphy marker.
The last homework from my online workshop is about perspective. Above is the final result. I was rushing to get this drawing done as the sun was coming down and took a picture of the area so that I could properly add the shading afterwards. That’s a tricky thing with urban sketching : The longer you take, the more the scenery changes so it’s important to be aware of that when you draw. When I have more time on site, I wait until I finish the line drawing and then add the shading all at once in order for the drawing to be more realistic as opposed to have shades from multiple time period. If I don’t have time, I just take a picture and use it as a reference to add the final details afterwards. Adding people is a different thing. I like to add them as they come and go. I feel that way my sketch transcends tim
Today was my first time attempting urban sketching with Newton. It’s a little rough, but I’m hoping to do this on a regular basis so that it becomes more refined. We went to the Dundonald Park and spend a little extra time sitting at the park and watching the comings and goings of people passing by and taking a little break. I also recorded sample conversations I overheard on the left (including those involving people coming to see Newton because he’s so cute). I like the idea of recording conversations as well. I find it ads an interesting layer to the sketch. It’s not my idea. I remember first seeing the sketch of a various conversations at a coffee shop and ever since I’ve been wanting to do something similar. I’ll probably do it again.