Saturday, July 26, 2014

Atwater market

Determined to use the divider in spite of what Mother Nature might have in store, I went to Atwater market.
The first attempt was using the divider for the main lines, the rest I eyeballed. I wanted a building that holds together, not a photographic rendering. I am interested in the feel of the sketch than in the accuracy of every detail. I can take a picture for that purpose.
It took a while I must say... almost 1 hr. I realized that I will simply not have enough to sketch during my trip to Brazil if I take one hour for a not-very-complicated sketch. Not to mention the workshops at the symposium where the time is even more limited.

For the next attempt I used a caligraphy pen and no divider - I had to work fast and skip details.
I am not a big fan of sketching with instruments that produce a thick, heavy, black line, but I think it would be good to practice sketching with a thicker line - maybe charcoal, graphite sticks, crayons. Ideally, only the essence of the subject would make it on paper...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Coffee in the rain

Few days ago I went out to sketch at the Loyola campus. There are some older buildings with a lot of character and I wanted to practice the use of the proportional divider. As soon as I sat down to sketch, it started raining...oh well... I ws not about to cut my morning short because of that, but instead of architecture, I drew coffee and muffin - in pencil. It was the only thing I had. I added some gouache later.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The cherries, not the cake ...

I am unabashedly indulging my second addiction - cherries ....

The page was pre-painted. I used sepia acrylic ink spread with a straw. I then squeezed cherry juice and spread it on the page, then I used colored pencils for the fruit. The juice remains sticky, so using pen is probably not a good option.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Analytical sketching

The class is over, but I hope the teachings remain...

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Perspective studies

I spent the day in Vieux Ste-Rose yesterday trying to get the hang of the proportional divider and other tricks to make perspective drawing more manageable. Some people are good at guesstimating angles, volumes etc. I am a spatial dyslexic. What I see and what is on paper sometimes have very little in common. Hence the use of tools. I had t he proportional divider for a while, but I obtained mixed results with it. I figured out why yesterday.

Before lunch we went outside for about an hour to practice measuring angles and distances. I chose to draw the Centre d'art.

It came out relatively ok - it holdes together. There was a lot of measuring and erasing that's for sure and I kept thinking about the popular advice of drawing everything directly in ink. Great advice for those who are not spatially challenged ...

After lunch we went behind the church to find a spot and draw the church itself. I used a view finder to draw a border on the page (9x12 schetchbook used for the dynamic drawing class). I also determined how much space there was between the building and the frame. I then took out the divider and started placing the vertical lines and determining the width of the building.

Somehow, my church did not fit on paper the same way it did when I looked through the viewfinder... hmmm...interesting ..... I finally clicked. I kept changing the position of the divider - sometimes it was vertical and sometimes horizontal. Ha!!! Once I figured that one out, the church fit better on the page.

It took a good two hours to come up with this:


The great thing about it is that it holds and that is what I want. I am not interesting in photographic rendition of whatever it is I am drawing, but a building has to hold together. When it does not, it hurts to look at it, it is that bad.

I am in the middle of packing to move so time is becoming an issue. I hope to be able to draw at the Loyola campus before I move.  It has a variety of architectural styles to choose from.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Blackout poetry

I read "Steal like an artist" and re-discovered found poetry. I used to have two sets of magnetic words on my fridge - one Italian and one English. Every know and then I rearranged them, individually or combined, and come up with bilingual poetry.

This time, I played with newspapers - blacked out with marker all the words, except the ones I liked. I glued the paper in the sketchbook and doodled with a Galaxy pen. Fun ...

Here, there are three columns of an article glued next to each other. 
Here are the results:
The Wall
the virtues and vices
vaccinated me 
against the 

Earlier assumptions
with deep impact on
right to explain
justice and fairness.

the inequalities
"I belong" temptations
with a fresh eye.

deal with reason
The theory taught
the happy story
simply urges
role playing more intense than realistic scenarios

A minimum of involvement is required. 

that seed 
to take note.

beautiful and 

light magnet
love illuminated

Thursday, July 3, 2014


When I reached this prepainted page in the journal, I was not sure what to draw on it. In the end I decided to use my hair clip as inspiration - it has a peony in the same pinkish shades that were already on the page. I drew three views of the flower.