Mini daily doodle diary

Something I didn’t make for school, for a change! This is from my little 5½” daily pocket diary type Moleskine. The idea is to do a drawing a day, though it doesn’t always work out that way. I try not to be too upset with myself if it doesn’t happen and just enjoy the times it does. Sometimes I go in afterwards and fill up days that have gone by – that was the case with this one, which I did a week later. The idea had been percolating but it took me picking up a new set of travel watercolors to actually do it. I used that set, plus Micron pens, mechanical pencil, gouache for the white, black ink and paintbrush for some of the lettering, and a set of mini alphabet stamps I picked up in Japan for the letters on top. (With thanks to Kathrin Jebsen-Marwedel for the idea! She does this type of thing a lot, and much better than me. Go check out her stuff on Flickr.)

It’s the second year in a row I’ve done a book like this. Last year I used the larger size daily Moleskine, I’m not sure whether I like this smaller one. It’s more portable and the pages are quicker to fill up, which is satisfying, but drawing on small pages can be annoying sometimes. I do like the two-page spread thing though. I don’t always color the pages, they’re mostly little smudgy pencil sketches and scribbled notes to myself. Both this book and last year’s have blank sections where I got too busy or distracted to draw, or was doing other types of art elsewhere. Last year’s is definititely more full than empty though, so I count it as a success.

Perspective drawings

I like working with charcoal, but it’s nice getting back to the fine line control of graphite. Although it did smudge something awful on this big toothy charcoal paper.

On to the drawings! Click either to see them larger.

Two point perspective drawing of a corner of my living room. I had the most fun doing the heart-leaf philodendron (not so much the spider plant):

One point perspective drawing of the view out one of my bedroom windows. I’m usually my own worst critic, but I really like this one. Every time I walk by it I think, “Wow, I drew that?!” (Considering the ridiculous amount of time I spent on it, you’d think I’d be less surprised.) It reminds me a little of shin-hanga, which I adore and have always meant to try my hand at. I plan to paint this eventually.

18″ x 24″. HB Graphite pencil, ruler, and lots of erasing.

More drawings on the way

I have new work to show here – some stuff I’m really proud of, in fact – I just don’t have decent photos of it yet.  My digital camera’s starting to show its age (and the fact that I spilled beer on it during my Japan trip last year probably doesn’t help) and the pieces are too big and delicate to scan. But I plan on submitting them to the juried Spring Show at AAU, so I’ll figure something out here shortly. Just a month left of the school semester. I’m enjoying my class but I’m definitely looking forward to catching up on all the sleep I’ve missed lately.

In other news, it seems the spammers have found my blog! That was fast. Time to test out all those nifty WordPress plugins.

Analysis of Form midterm progress

I’m halfway through my first semester at Academy of Art University. The drawings above are the two most recent assignments for my Analysis of Form class. I’ve taken a similar class before and so had a headstart on some of the concepts, but we’re quickly moving into new territory for me. I’m enjoying it – it’s making me stretch without being overly frustrating. I’m happy we’re starting to get into more interesting subjects too. Drawing cubes and spheres is certainly useful, but kind of boring to look at.

I wasn’t entirely sure about art school before I enrolled.  I debated with myself about it for an entire year before actually applying to AAU. It’s too expensive! It’ll take forever! I can learn just fine on my own! I’m glad I went ahead with it. I find the enforced habit of drawing several days a week and sticking with each drawing through completion even more valuable than the actual lessons at times. I have a bad habit of getting partway through a drawing or painting and then stopping, either through fear of messing it up or my attention drifting to something new. Having someone else tell me what to draw and when to draw it is exactly what I need right now.

welcome to blog #16846123

Okay, so I don’t have that many. Probably closer to 66848. I don’t know, apparently I have this need to start blogs and then ignore them.

To kick things off, have a photo of one of my many works in progress (clicking it will take you to a larger view on Flickr):

Yokosuka motorcycle alley wip

This is about four hours worth of work so far, two on the sketch and another two on the watercolors. I’m working from a photo I took on my recent trip to Japan.