I attempted do draw one of the parks along Wellington Street downtown Ottawa during one of my walks with Newton a couple days ago. He was not feeling staying put that day, so I did a quick sketch with a pen and added the leaves and grass in green later on. I decided to draw in my walls notebook to do this sketch. I might try this again. It’s interesting to have different backgrounds and it’s also a good way to actually use the book.
The jars don’t lie. There wasn’t much traditional drawings during the month of May. I’ve been working on other projects, but I still want to fill up two jars by the end of the year. We’re already halfway through! So many more things I want to do. But I’ll follow ET’s suggestion, and just shut up and work :)
I found out about a series of photos of this old lady, Misao, and her cat, Fukumaru that are truly adorable. They are the work of photographerMiyoko Ihara who followed them for 13 years and created a photobook of their friendship. According to an article on BuzzFeed, the cat was found abandoned in a shed and they’ve been inseparable since
For week 21, I decided to practice sketching techniques from the Pencil Sketching book I bought not too long ago. Instead of using a pencil, I decided to use gel pens. I just reproduced some of the drawings that are in the book. It’s one thing to learn from the theories, it’s another to learn from practice and learning from practice is much more effective. I’m hoping this will help improve my sketching technique when I’m out and about urban sketching.
I did a quick sketch of a portion of the Garden of Provinces and Territories not too long ago, where there’s a bronze fountain representing a tree and three opening on the wall in the back for water to pour into a zen inspired water feature. Unfortunately there was no water the day I did the sketch. I’ll have to go back when it’s in operation.
I think if Newton could draw it would more or less look like this :)
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.