A Midsummer Night’s Dream

I submitted a small drawing for a contest hosted by Dick Blick. Check it out and vote for my piece here: bit.ly/2cstWDc!

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Titania’s Love

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.

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Ink & Enamel & Bone

Ink & Enamel & Bone Ink & Enamel & Bone

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!

Burnace the Furnace Burnace Concept Sketches

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.

Bird Woman

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.

Prints available here.
Bird Woman Prints on Society6

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.

Of Earthquakes & Hummingbirds

The racket of a jostled screen door woke me at 3:30 this morning. Upon a cursory survey of the house I returned to bed but could not return to sleep, so I made some tea and did some drawing.

I'm the One Who's Fighting
I’m the One Who’s Fighting

This band is probably the first boyfriend band my boyfriend’s band met. They’re a pretty cute band couple, if I do say so myself.

From left to right:
Nicholas – Drummer
Josh + Vocals
Christopher- Bass

They play around Dallas frequently, so be sure to keep an ear out for them.

Baby TJ 5 minute drawing.
Baby TJ
5 minute drawing.
Princess Mila 15 minute drawing. I really need to practice drawing smiles.
Princess Mila
15 minute drawing.
I really need to practice drawing smiles.
Scholar Nico 15 minute drawing.
Scholar Nico
15 minute drawing.

These three cuties are siblings. They may also be my god children.

Spicy Globe Basil
Spicy Globe Basil

{ If you’re smitten with this photograph, why not buy a print of it from Society6? }

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.

How are you challenging yourself lately?

Arting Away

Fae 4 inches by 4 inches Acrylic on Canvas This is my contribution to the Pen Pal Painting Exchange run by Art House Co-Op.
Fae
4 inches by 4 inches
Acrylic on Canvas
This is my contribution to the Pen Pal Painting Exchange run by Art House Co-Op.

I’ve also done a couple more pieces for my 1,000 Faces Challenge.

2 minute drawing. Available for purchase here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/191039840/small-original-ink-drawing-of-anguished
2 minute drawing.
Available for purchase here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/191039840/small-original-ink-drawing-of-anguished
Who is this? I don't know because I missed the mark completely and she looks nothing like my reference photo.
Who is this? I don’t know because I missed the mark completely and she looks nothing like my reference photo.
Much closer but still a far cry from being anywhere near accurate.
Much closer but still a far cry from being anywhere near accurate.

I’ve been busy uploading a bunch of these drawings to my Etsy shop. Please stop by and check it out! Here’s the link: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Wedge.

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!

50 Faces May 25

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:

5 minute drawing.
5 minute drawing.
5 minute drawing.
5 minute drawing.

And here are a couple I completed a couple months ago:

Scott Approximately 20-30 minute drawing. This is the first one I completed a couple months back; I was rusty and ended up squashing his head a bit.
Scott
Approximately 20-30 minute drawing.
This is the first one I completed a couple months back; I was rusty and ended up squashing his head a bit.
My lovely friend Megan. Approximately 20-30 minute drawing. This one doesn't do her justice, though I think it turned out really well.
My lovely friend Megan.
Approximately 20-30 minute drawing.
This one doesn’t do her justice, though I think it turned out really well.

You can check out all my face drawings, good and bad, on my Flickr albumhttps://www.flickr.com/photos/soulog/sets/72157644444954687/.

Have you challenged yourself recently?

Illustration Friday: Freeze

Freeze
© 2012 Kelly Jacobi
5″ tall by 3.5″ wide
Mixed Media on Paper

For this week’s Illustration Friday I found inspiration in the behavior of my boyfriend’s cats; how quickly they fixate on tiny, flitting things and how big their eyes are when they’re focused so.