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I can draw too

21 Nov

I don’t just sew, complain about biology, and blog arbitrarily. I draw.

I took four years of drawing lessons from Mrs. R in high school before I graduated. In my fashion studies at LCCC and the Baum School of Art, I’ve also done some drawing: Drawing 1, 2D Design, Fashion Illustrations, and currently an independent study pertaining to the art of figure drawing. Tis this latter class that I would like to talk about.

Most of you who read my blog, read it because something about my life interests you. Maybe it’s just the way I write about my life. Regardless, I’m going to bore you with part of my life, then share some pictures.

I graduate in December (yay) and am only taking two required classes this semester in order to graduate. There is a third class that is optional which I am taking as well.

Requirement 1: a laboratory science. My options were chemistry, physics, or biology. I chose biology.

Requirement 2: figure drawing. My options were running out. I filed a class substitution form and it was denied. I called the dean of students and he told me to change my major. I emailed the teacher directly and never got a reply. Why? Because I believe that the human body is not something to unclothe and call art. God is the Artist Who formed the human body and even He put clothes on it.

One of my absolute favorite teachers, Pam, worked with me to find a solution. Together, with the director of the Baum School, we came up with the idea to offer a (drumroll) clothed figure drawing class. However, such a class would not be ready in time for me to take it AND graduate as scheduled. One of the two figure drawing teachers agreed to work with me outside of class so that I can get the credit for doing the class without actually sitting in the room with the model. I think it’s been working out really well. And I’m enjoying it rather immensely!

Not everything that I draw has something to do directly with the human body. Since my major is fashion, I have recently done assignments that explore cloth, drapery, fabric folds, etc. Some drawings are to simply build up skill in the area of shading (such as reflected light) or to practice using a certain medium (charcoal on toned paper).

The following assignment was to draw myself in a foreshortened way using a mirror. This was an exceptionally fun pose because I used not only my mirrored image, but also my real image. Fun, fun.

Below is a drawing of drapery. And that is not curtains. It is in fact the draping of cloth over something. Could be a curtain rod, yes. But in this case, it is over the arm of a faceless girl.

I did several drawings on toned paper. Toned paper is paper that is not white or black, but rather is a shade of gray. Any shade. There are many to choose from. This is a set of hands that I was required to draw so as to practice the correct formation of hands. Do you realize how difficult it is to draw hands?! This one is earmarked for a special friend. Twill be a gift that she requested.

This is my most recent and possibly favorite drawing so far. Again I was asked to draw some drape-y fabric, so I drape-y-ed it on the dressform. I think it turned out pretty good. Toned paper has a way of making otherwise-weird-and-pointless drawings look breathtaking. Why did I not discover this sooner?



25 Apr

That’s what I wanted to do the man who got mad at me tonight because we had a scant donut supply and I was not capable of snapping my fingers and creating some. However, I do hereby pat myself on my back for refraining. *pat, pat* And a note to you obese donutaholics: if we don’t have as many donuts as you were planning on purchasing, take it as a sign that you should diet. I have said my piece, and shall move on to more pressing matters. 

My finals. Finally over! For this semester at least. I have a bit of a break since I will only be taking one summer class, but I’m sure it won’t feel like much of a break since I tend to overload my plate regardless of……and that train of thought is gone too. Back to my finals.

Painting final: (much awaited, I know. I’d apologize for the abrupt and harsh ending to the last post, but I ain’t sorry. Deal with it, hon.)

painting-finalYay!!! And besides the obvious focus of the picture being the painting, you can exercise your powers of observation and behold the Dove. Ahhh, lovely!

Drawing final:

04-21-09_1548The general idea bottled up behind this final was employing all the skills we learned and developed over the semester and drawing a still life in just under four hours. Which is precisely what I did. Now I had done two practices for this final. The charcoal quickie and the pen and ink longie … but you can’t exactly study or practice for something like this. Ya just gotta have it in you. When I saw the still life set up that the prof had, I wasn’t quite as smitten as I was with the others. I didn’t feel drawn to any one part of the still life. Placed very obscurely under an end table was a pair of dress shoes. So I heaved a big sigh and started in. I used my good ole dependable graphites and my newly-discovered sweetheart – General’s Factis soft black eraser. Almost as amazing as a bodkin. Almost. Bodkins are totally amazinger though because a bodkin can also be a weapon. I would love to have a weaponous bodkin just in case anyone flips out at me over my lack of donutage, I could do something slightly more effective than the whole :-P routine. But I’m over that now, Mr. Fat Man Who Cursed At Me Because I Couldn’t Pull A Donut Out Of My Magic Sleeve. Totally over it. 

Clothing Construction final (aka sewing, for those you still unaccustomed to my usage of big weirds, aka words):

p4232473Okay well that is totally awkward, having a big honkin’ picture of myself having a bad hair day pasted rather largely for all to see. Look at the jacket. Jacket, peoples! Lining is awesomer, and I will make a valiant attempt to have a photo session tomorrow when I wear the jacket to church in order to capture the full awesomeness of the lining. Do you see the lil screaming monkey on my shirt? Ain’t he precious?! He’s a clue to the design on my lining. If I haven’t already told you what my lining is out of pure excitement or if you can’t figure it out (and don’t you dare say “I don’t have a clue what your lining is.” he’s screaming at you! lol), then wait till I can get a picture of it. Patience is a virtue. Be vituous.

I made the skirt too, but that took far less time and stress. Actually it’s the same pattern as the skirt I designed for my patternmaking class. I bought the shoes and tee shirt last year. The tree has been there as long as I can remember. The necklace was a birthday gift. And I think I have given account for all involved objects. If you have any questions, please keep them to yourself. I may do one of these > :-P < or I might come after you with my bodkin. If you have any happy words to share, please do. I need happy words and perky smiles and the rest of my Dove chocolate.

Loosey Goosey Landscape

15 Apr

For my not-so-dear painting class, our assignment was to paint a landscape from one of many preapproved reference photos. And I had to break out of my box of perfectionism and exactness and detail and the like. I had to work in an outré “loosey goosey” style, which frustrated me near to my final unraveling. And the product….which I named “Solitude.”


Then there’s a bunch of stuff from my drawing class that I have been delinquent in posting. So I shall post the host of them as thumbnails so they don’t hog your screen. If you feel so inclined, you can view them large-size by clicking on them. Do not attempt to view them large-size in any other way. Those attempts will be futile. 

draped-fabric     charcoal-still-life    stacked-cups

pen-still-life     hand-sketches

So there you have about three weeks worth of sweat and frustration. And another long night of essaying and the like stretches out before me, and yet my deepest regret is my lackage of funny things to say that could tickle the proverbial armpit of my readers (if such a proverb exists. If not, write one). So sorry. So long!

Arbitrarily the Andes

24 Mar

I have a lot to say (what is new?!) so bear (grrr) with me. I’ll try to keep it short-ish. You can measure the success of my thaumaturgy by the length this ends up being. 

First of all, a picture of a drawing I did. I figured it would capture your attention for at least a few seconds. It is an Andes mint that thinks it’s the Andes (as in like the mountain range.). Apparently the people near the Andes mint also think it’s the Andes. (Pretend this is written in the margin for no apparent reason…the reason I don’t post more often is because the only time I *have* time to photograph my artwork is at night when the lighting is atrocious. Believe it or not, this drawing was done on “white paper.” So it’s black on white, not grey on pink. Thought I should clarify.)


Actually, it’s a three-point-perspective drawing of a small household object so that it looks like a 60-story building (61 stories was extra credit). And we all know how common Andes mints are in households (in my case, it was a display of greenness in celebration of St. Patty’s Day). I won’t go into the finer points of how to make a three-point-perspective drawing with vanishing points, because if you already know what I’m talking about, you’ll be bored out of your lil pea-sized brain. If drawing ain’t your thing, and this paragraph has left you clueless so far, my random explanation of three-point-perspective will only help to muddle your mind. 

Moving on…

So that drawing was for (drum roll…) drawing class! When I attended that class last week, one of the other students had a question while the teacher was busy. So he asked me. It was something about perspective again, and he was wondering if he had to measure or use a ruler or *what* to find a certain line for the drawing. Using one of my own drawings as an example, I explained how to draw that line by going really deep and saying, “That line is just arbitrary.” Then I stopped. My jaw dropped. I looked at him to see if he fully understood the significance of that moment. I had just used my favorite word in the correct context!!!!! He didn’t get the significance of that. Dunno why. 

If Ben was a chubby little four year old, this would be a “cutie quote.” He’s not. But what he said was still cute. I mentioned to him that one of my fellow painting class members works at Five Below in Whitehall. Ben said that next time he would go there, he’d walk up to her and say “My sister is the one that beat all of you in art class.” I cringed and begged him not to shame me like that because I’m not doing so well with painting. To which he appeared stunned and replied, “So there’s people better than you in painting class? Oh…..” (resounding “awwww!”)

Lastly (I think), I just wanted to alert/clarify/enlighten you with a short, non-credit course in Amandology. I tell time in ishes. Not dishes. Not fishes. Ishes. Some people tell time in quarters, others in minutes, and the nerdy ones get down to the seconds in inaccuracy. I alleviate any doubt by handing the wondering soul a bubbly ish. Their lil loveable soul wonders what time it is, and I hand them a big bubble of time under the name of ish.

It is midnightish in the most accurate bubble. It is 11:30ish for my mom who wants me to get to bed earlier. It is morningish for me who doesn’t care how late I stay up. It is 12:30ish when I want my little sister to be impressed with how late I was up writing a blog entry. It is none of these. Yet all of them. Happy 11:58pm!

Four you

28 Feb

I have four. For you. Here they are.


This lovely painting I call “Life.” My painting teacher calls it a modulation painting with a floating object that looks surreal. Call it what you wish. 


Contrary to all appearances, this is a monochromatic painting. Monochromatic meaning one color. However, I extend to you my personal invitation to click on the above picture and examine more closely the different colors blended together to create the black background you see, as well as the gray table and the white objects (tho the white objects did not turn out well in the picture). Which just goes to prove that things are not always as they appear. Black can be red or blue or green or brown while still being black. And if you don’t believe me, you obviously haven’t looked closely enough at my painting.


If I ever go into graphic design and put together a portfolio, this will probably be in it. According to my drawing professor, “This is a piece to put in your portfolio!” Hence my initial statement. The medium used for this drawing is pastel. Kindly note that this too is an example of monochromatic art. I think the purpose of this was to demonstrate how to blend values (lights into darks) but I was more focused on how messy my hands were getting. I don’t think pastels will ever be my medium of choice.


This is probably my favorite of all the art projects listed here. I did this pen drawing from thumbnail sketch to final pen stroke in about an hour and a half. Compare that to the weeks (or was it months?) that it took me to stipple (draw with dots) a white rose for competition last year. The method I used this time was called cross-hatching, which can be as detailed as stippling, but I chose a looser and more flowing application. Cross-hatching (according to me) is creating depth and shadow by drawing lines and lines that curve and bend and cross until the object seems so lifelike it almost “hatches” right off the page. Like imagine a chick (a cartoon chick, okay?!) inside its egg. In my mind I see the egg wobbling and bouncing a little until suddenly. . . pop! the chick hatches out! That’s what I felt like these lines were doing. I kept layering them on top of each other until suddenly I stepped away from my drawing, and pop! it had depth!


That’s always fun. :-)


4 Feb

I think the quality of my post titles is going downhill. Anyways, I’ll try to write little and show more pictures, since that’s all I personally ever look at! lol

p2041958          p2041961

p2041965     p2041967

So these four are my bros and sisters. Can you guess which one is which? If you can, then I did a better job than I was supposed to. The purpose of these drawings was to capture what the figure was doing, not what they looked like. So if you can tell that the person is sitting or standing or standing Egyptianly or, yes, there’s even one individual who is finding her inner ka. 

Moving on, I have one last picture/sketch of paint bottles on a ladder. Very original and exciting, I know. The sketch looks simple enough, but as my prof said, it is “deceptively simple.” I hope you can’t see it in the picture of it here, but the bottle on the top was redrawn three times, and each outline is still visible. I draw way too darkly for my own good. 

step one

Coming soon… two of my projects from painting class – a monochromatic painting that uses 11+ colors instead of the usual black, grey, and white and a modulation painting that variates from black to white with hues of blue in between and a cherry on top. A sneak peek….


Meese and Mannequins

28 Jan

Well, actually only one moose…..

Blessings Moose


…but still more than one mannequin.

whoops haha      girl standing

girl leaning      boy sitting

And yes, the definition of mannequins also includes people. Tho it usually means a person who is modelling clothes. Please note, however, that all the people I drew are fully-clothed! 

Moment of clarification…..these drawings were done for my Drawing I class. The moose was actually a structural line drawing which took about an hour. I know that makes perfect sense to absolutely none of you, but lack of a good explanation of a “structural line drawing” prompts me to move right along.

The other four drawings took three minutes each. They were gestural line drawings. The point is to capture what the object (or person) is DOING rather than what they look like. So if you can tell from the dozens of haphazard lines what the subject was doing, then the gestural drawing is correct. Sort of… I mean, if the gesture looks unnatural as if the subject is not at ease, then it was done wrong. But I doubt any of my readers are going to grab a sketchbook right now and try a gestural line drawing, so I am not sure why I’m explaining to you how to do one. If you even took the time to read this long and boring paragraph, you might want to stop now to rethink your priorities or possibly get a professional opinion on the existence of your sanity. 

Moving along with those of you whose priorities include my blog and whose sanity is sane….. In class, we did about 40 of these gestural drawings. Which is really tiring if you think about it. Most of these that I have showed to you are from the first few people who modelled for us (all 8 of us students modelled for the others at least twice). Towards the end, my hand tired and the sketching got really sloppy. I have to do 30 more before next week as homework. If any turn out blogably, I’ll share. :-)

For now, I’ll try to make up for my 2 weeks of non-posting with two more sketches…. a polar bear and a flower vase.

fred      bud