A new Violin in our house

 

EDM 17 Violin

Back in January I wrote how Jerry was making a new violin. when he finished it I decided to sketch it (of course). This is the first sketch of the new violin in our house. This is also a EDM challenge sketch #17 which reads Draw a musical instrument

violin during the process of sketchingThen the following day I decided to make a  page spread to celebrate that he had actually finished building it. I think it’s  sort of magic how someone can make a musical instrument.

violin collage in progressI am still working in my hand bound journal and some of the paper is smooth for writing but I wanted an interesting surface to sketch on as I wanted to capture a little more of the feel of the instrument. I tore up some old sheet music and used Gesso to glue it to the pages. I then used watercolour paints, inktense pencils, artist pitt pens, and colour pencils to draw the violin.

violin collage I thought I would share some of the process and the finished page spread. Click on the images to see larger versions.

If you want to hear it Jerry made a youtube video to share with some facebook mates. You can view and hear it below.

 

Draw something you can keep in your pocket

I sketched this beetle a while back and forgot to share it. If you look carefully the real beetle is sitting in the fold of my journal.

Xmas-beetlesIn Australia these beetles are called Christmas beetles because they appear in early summer. As children we loved them as they alway arrive just before Christmas. Even though they are scratchy to hold, I often kept a beetle or two in my pocket and held them in my hands hidden under my school desk, daydreaming about the summer come while the teacher droned on in the early summer heat.

Towards the end of summer and the end of summer holidays the beetles start to die. this always was very sad to me. I found this dead beetle one on my morning walk and took it home to draw. As you can see I needed a magnifier to draw it.

I sketched it using artist pitt pens, watercolour paint, and pencil on a page that I covered in clear gesso as the paper was very smooth. It is page from my hand bound journal

This is EDM drawing challenge number 326 which reads Draw something you can keep in your pocket. Here is the full EDM List

A Creativity Spark

I think it is time for a creativity spark in that I came across Phil Hansen’s TED talk and thought many of my readers would appreciate his story too. Phil Hansen is an artist who developed a tremor in his hand while still at art school. Phil Hansen speaks about how he learnt to work within limitations and not transcend them but simply step completely outside them.