It is early winter here but we have had a very warm Autumn and many of the trees are only just losing their leaves now. EDM Drawing Challenge #34 states Draw a fall leaf.
I decided to live dangerously and draw 2. If you click on the image you can take a squizzie at a larger version.
I am working in a new sketchbook (I filled the last one) and it takes ink well and although the paper is a bit smooth for watercolour I like the effect. The frustrating thing is this a sketchbook that I picked up at a chain called Rymans. They were in Canberra for a while and then went out of business and in the closing down sale I picked up this sketchbook. It was not very expensive. I have had it for at least 5 years sitting at the back of the cupboard and because the paper was very smoothI felt it might not take wet media very well. Anyway I decided it was time to use it and so far I like it! I cant load on the water but if I am careful some nice effects can be achieved. Also since the paper is smooth I am enjoying using pitt pens on the paper.
These red wellington boots are not for me but for my daughter Eve. When I saw them I know they were hers. So the next time she swings by she will get them. Anyway they meet the criteria for EDM Drawing Challenge #232 “Draw the last thing you bought.”
These boots are covered in white hearts and if I had thought it through I would have used masking fluid to define the hearts. But I didn’t and it took me an age to define them! Nevertheless it was fun.
My drawing is done in my current Canson sketchbook/journal using Derwent inktense water soluble pencils and Faber Castell Pitt pens
Readers will be interested in this free course run by the Open2Study which is part of Open Universities Australia. The Art of Drawing and Painting starts on 2 June 2014. I have heaps on my plate at the moment but I could not resist enrolling.
It looks like it covers fundamentals of colour theory, touches on perspective and the hands on is balanced with a touch of art history.
“Through discussions and visual demonstrations, you will learn how art has been expressed through history, the basics of colour theory, and how to draw and paint flat images and perspectives. Further, you will be able to understand the principles and styles of assimilating visual compositions. You will produce paintings and collages influenced by famous school of arts and painters such as Pointillism, Cubism, De Stijl, Surrealism, and Constructivism. This course is open to everyone who wants to try. It will provoke your sense of creativity and allow you to express yourself in a way that fits within your skill level.”
Also for those who carry a camera everywhere they go there is a free Photography course which is run out of RMIT University. It also starts tomorrow and Jerry has signed up for that one!
“You will learn about photography as a visual art practice, and how this can help you to become an engaging and active photographer. You will explore the work and concepts of contemporary photographic artists, which may trigger a new interest in what you photograph. In addition to this, you will also learn some of the practical skills required to further explore photography in exciting and creative ways. Finally, we look at the idea of a “digital darkroom” and explore ways that you can further your interest in photography through post-production knowledge and techniques.”