Things have been hectic for me in the past couple of weeks. Given how scattered my mind has been lately, I have not been working on any particular pieces. Instead I’ve been doing a sketch every now and then. Among other things, Yesterday at lunch time I posted a print of Corvus to Grenada for the WOMA – Women Make Art Exhibit
Below are just some simple little mental ramblings.
Above is one of the sketches I did during a figure drawing class at Globe Studios on Feb 27th. It was my first time really drawing a man. For like about a minute it was a little giggle inducing to see the model strip off like it was nothing but then I settled into art mode and there was no more giggling. Similar to when I started drawing horses, it took a long time for me to separate drawing what was really in front of me from what my imagination wanted to fill in. It’s a good exercise and I’m hoping to make it back to another class soon. This was one of my more successful full sketches. Most of the others were zoom ins of a certain gesture or twist of his body. There’s a lot of pretty bad sketches in there too.
This was a quick sketch I did one night thinking about a situation my boyfriend was going through this week.
I don’t really know where this sketch came from. I started drawing and It just kind of happened. It looks like a starved mermaid and a tired eye to me. Dark though it is, I like it.
On Saturday mornings for the past couple of weeks I have been going down to Horse Palace at Exhibition place. Horse Palace is today a riding academy for aspiring urban equestrians. It’s also the stable for the police horses. The building was built in 1931 and it’s said to be one of the finer equestrian facilities in Canada. Luckily, I stumbled onto it from a quick internet search and a couple phone calls. Its such a beautiful building and the horses are amazing. There’s something about being there that totally calms be down. The horses are tame and the people there don’t mind me petting them. My favorite at the moment is a brown mare named Tess. Her coat is the perfect color brown and she’s really gentle but strong.
My sketches are getting better. It’s been pretty sobering to realize how different it is to sit and sketch a building vs sketching a moving animal. In the beginning I had tried drawing horses from pictures but it was all too stagnant. Plus I’ve noticed that in sketching and observing I’m learning things about their shape and the way that they move that I didn’t realize before. Capturing movement is the most difficult thing. I think that this is going to be something I do for a long time, rather than as a short term project. It’s really rewarding in ways I can’t describe. I feel so much more alive and connected to the world around me when for most of the rest of my time these days, I feel so separate.
This month I’ve started learning how to draw animals. I’m going to work on certain creatures one at a time, the first of which has been the ocelot. It’s been such a cool experience, having never drawn animals before in any real capacity, to try to figure out their unique geometries. At first I found that my cats looked alot more like dogs. I guess because I’ve spent much more time around dogs. To help me learn more about the anatomy of the cat, I got this book called Cyclopedia Anatomicae ( http://www.amazon.com/Cyclopedia-Anatomicae-Illustrations-Animal-Figure/dp/1884822878 ), which showed me the skeleton and muscles of the cat and the way that it’s joints bend. I also used a bunch of photographs of ocelots that I founds online, most notably from National Geographic sources. There’s something really beautiful about the form of the cat as it follows the agility and the power of the species. For example the curve of their backs down toward their hind legs and tail, comes from how much power they exert through their hind legs and how much influence their tails have over their ability to balance when they climb and jump. In the case of the Ocelot, I was also really fascinated by their coloring and spotting which was hard to get a hang of. I mean are the spots random, or is there a pattern. There was so much I took for granted until I started drawing them. I think I am almost at the point to be able to move on to the large piece I had planned. I am still having some trouble with the proportions of their whole bodies. With humans there are a billion books on the geometry of the body, but with the cat, I kinda have to figure it out from pictures. Anyway – I had a great time with these sketches. The ocelot is such a powerful and graceful creature. I feel they are the epitome of feral beauty.
Will keep u posted on further developments!