So this new project, Slant, sees us take three well-known pieces of art and put our own 'slant' on them. I chose three pieces by Manet: Olympia, Dejeuner sur l'Herve and the Bar at the Follies-Bergere. This is my rough draft for Olympia.
I changed my mind about what I wanted to do with the Bob Dylan assignment; I've decided to go with the song 'Alberta' instead, the lryics to be illustrated are: "Alberta, let your hair hang low; I'll give you more gold than you're apron can hold if you'll only let your hair hang low."
So here are two roughs I did. The final piece will be up soon.
I really like this time of year. It's getting darker in the evenings and the skies turn some outragous colours just before the sun goes down. People are more weary when they go home in the evenings, Christmas is coming and money is tight. Its a dreary melancholy; I like it, and I took this snap while walking across the ha'penny bridge the other evening. The colour of the sky, the lines of traffic, the tranquility of the Liffey, it all sums up how I feel about November in Dublin.
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A new assignment we have is to take some lyrics from a Bob Dylan song and illustrate them. I'm caught between Black Crown Blues, "Though its funny honey, I just don't feel much like a scarecrow today," and the 115th Dream, "I walked into a restaurat looking for the cook, told em I was the editor of a famous etiquette book." So I did a couple of little thumbnails for both with some simple ideas.
So we weren't allowed to use any points within the figure as landmarks this week in life drawing; instead we had to use the negative space and area around the model to get an accurate silhouette. Not as easy as it sounds, it seems. I just used 3.0 fine liner for these two.
I should have put these up last week but I had a busy mid-term, to put it lightly. Anyway, these are just the sketches for this project, which was based on a word we were assigned to do research on during the Summer. My word was "Fair", so I chose to do a series on a fun fair! The colours look really good, I'm happy enough with how they turned out, hopefully I'll have them up tomorrow.
And my 100th post! Some life drawing from today and last week. First one is a series of shape-to-shapes, then oil bar and charcoal drawing, then just coloured pencil shape to shape and the last ones just charcoal. Fun day, and Georgina's lovely to draw.
So our poor model wasn't feeling well for the second half of class today, so some of the class took turns modelling instead (fully clothed, unfortunately), and they did a stand up job...actually I recall they all sat down...
I managed to get to the Natural History Museum on Sunday but only had enough time to bang out a couple of drawings. Heading in tomorrow with my ickel ditter (little sister) and lovely Marianne for some more punishment, but here's a few birds for now.
Some more pages from my little sketchbook. Sparky, my Yorkshire Terrier; Buffy, my fat ginger cat; a quick one of Strandhill beach, Sligo; and a few unaware people in the college canteen, including lovely Marianne. She's a doll.