I submitted a small drawing for a contest hosted by Dick Blick. Check it out and vote for my piece here: bit.ly/2cstWDc!
I did a small drawing for one of my classes. Read the accompanying explanation below.
This piece of art is rendered in ink and graphite and is primarily a visual representation of Titania and Nick Bottom. The piece was made small to make it an intimate piece: the viewer must draw near to see what it is. Ink is a thoughtful medium: it must be placed on the vellum deliberately and with care because it leaves a permanent mark. This was an intentional choice because the nuance and detail that can be achieved in the lines is expressive and a befitting the nature of the ideas explored in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Ink is also a fitting medium because mistakes made are permanent and, while they can be made to feel an intentional part of the composition, they exist forever in the piece as a poor choice or a slip of the hand.
Oberon’s hand is represented as a sneaking shadow, encroaching on Titania’s neck. His hand a visual representation of the forces exerted on certain characters to control others: Oberon over Titania, Theseus over Hyppolyta, Puck over the young lovers and Nick Bottom.
In Titania’s eyes, the deceitful flower rests. The petals growing out through her lids distort her vision and trick her into loving the simple ass in front of her. In her hair twigs and leaves grow, a simple crown for the queen of the wood. Her head is illuminated by a halo as a depiction of her righteous duty to raise the child of her mortal friend and prevent Oberon from taking the boy and training him for combat. The halo is also representative of her innocence: she wants to be at ease with Oberon and dislikes the world being awry when they are at odds. Her desire for respect inspired trickery and manipulation in her husband and his cohort.
Bottom is drawn as placid, sitting idly at the bottom of the frame. What his gaze is occupied with is left to the viewer to determine: perhaps he’s gazing upon Titania’s body, perhaps upon some food. He is surrounded by flowers, which, peaceful and light, are devoid of humanity and function as a representation of his adoption by Titania and her entourage following the abandonment he suffers as a result of his friends’ fear of his transformed self.
Yesterday I took time to create some new art. I had amassed a small collection of animal skulls (and a couple of other various bones) with the intention of creating something new with them. I don’t remember from where I attained this skull: it was either given me by a friend, or I found it in an antique shop. It had a poorly-applied silver spray paint over it’s entire surface, which did not adhere well to the bone and was chipping and flaking away. After spending a few seasons outside, most of the spray paint was gone, only a little remained in the guarded parts of the skull; it was ready for some experimentation.
Given the porous nature of the bone and the tendency of old bones to dry and crumble, I felt a very fluid medium would work best and decided to use sumi ink and a metallic enamel. Lucky for me, they both permeated the bone and stayed on the surface – as opposed to soaking in completely and looking very faded. I am pretty pleased with how it turned out!
I also spent a good part of the day yesterday working on a little ink drawing of a dragon. I’ve recently become enamored with a mobile game, and it has revived in me a passion for things fantastic and whimsical. (That, and reading more of late has fired up my imagination, as well.) I generally don’t spend much time planning a drawing, which is a lazy trait I am working on breaking, and decided to do some quick concept/composition sketches before beginning. I even did a light pencil underdrawing before putting ink to vellum! You can see the gap between my initial ideas and final execution – I find it entertaining.
This month is NaNoWriMo & NaPhoPoMo (National Novel Writing Month & National Photograph Posting Month) and I’ve yet to begin anything! I have a sliver of an idea for a story I might write, but nowhere near enough of an idea to hit the 50,000 word goal. My hope is that once I begin writing the story emerges of its own accord. I just discovered NaPhoPoMo today, and may well have a go at that, too!
Just a note to those interested: both the skull & Burnace are for sale. Contact me for more information.
In the hush of the quiet morning, her heart beating inside the hanging of her ribs and spine, the woman gathered her cowl close to her neck against the cold air. She was never one made for keeping company with brambles and stones; her heart belonged aloft, clinging to the currents of air with feathers as soft as silk. She patiently bided her time, visiting her brethren daily, until she could make her return to the skies.
This morning I fell in love with ink all over again. I stray from it and grow lonely. After a while I determine I need to return, and, upon doing so, realize I should never have left to begin with.
The sky offers thick, grey clouds and a drizzle of impending fall this morning which delights me! I’m eager to wear sweaters and sip hot tea on my front porch.
I’ve hit 100 faces for the month of September, which means I only have 200 left to go! I don’t want to totally flood my blog with faces, so will only post my favorites here. The collection can be viewed in its entirety on my Facebook Art Page or my Flickr Stream. Just click the links and find the albums designated to my 1,000 Faces.
Now I just need to do a painting for this year’s ArtPrize!
If you’ve joined in on my challenge (feel free to aim for a number smaller or larger than 1,000) feel free to link to it in the comments or e-mail pictures to me to feature here on my blog, I’d love to see other people’s work!
Last night a few people (myself included) got together at Dallas Makerspace for a drawing bootcamp of sorts: we drew 50 faces in one evening, 5 minutes per face, all from photographic references. This is part of a larger challenge in which participants plan to complete 1,000 renderings of faces within a certain time frame. I’ve decided that year’s end will be my deadline.
Here are a couple from the session last night:
And here are a couple I completed a couple months ago: