My sketching over the past month has been mostly doodles done out of desperation and then only when my hands are working. I’ve put my free time to good use, however, revisiting art books I’ve wanted to re-read. Don’t you find that second reads of art books reveal information you didn’t get the first time through? I sure do, particularly if I wait several months worth of sketching experience before the re-read.
Anyways, it never seems that doodles are worthy of blog posts so my posts have become fewer and farther between. I did get out a couple times this week, though, so I’m reporting that I finally got to sketch in a more formal way, though ‘formal’ is exaggerated here.
My first stop was the 3d mask exhibit I talked about at the beginning of the month. I went there with our sketching group and while my hands were less than happy about it, I drew one of the masks. I confess to a certain frustration drawing these masks and I think I’ve figured out why. I’ve been trying to turn them into a real face, when in fact they are somewhat alien because the tops of the head are removed, the eyes closed, and in general they’re just too smooth everywhere. So, I figured I’d go with the flow on this one, producing the alien creature that it is, exaggerating it a bit with watercolor. The mask is lit from below and excepting that it’s white rather than blue, this is pretty much what it looks like. Kinda spooky don’t you think?
Once a year we all get together and draw holiday cards in one form or another. This year was no exception though I confess that I wasn’t much in a holiday mood that day. It was a lot of fun, though, because there were a bunch of us creating art so I could see what everyone else was doing while I puttered away myself. For this I always use Strathmore’s Watercolor Cards, which are convenient. I never did get around to writing the obligatory Merry Christmas or Happy New Year on them.