Yesterday was my last CD & AA session for the year. A third kind of line was discussed in detail, described as the lyric line. We used a thin brush with ink for this exercise. I could not break away completely from my normal style to make the right kind of marks. I would start correctly but lose my way within minutes. For the 3rd piece below I just gave up half way and started enjoying trying to capture a likeness of Javed who was posing for us for these pieces. I intend to do a few soon and attempt to draw sweeping lines to depict the form. One stroke for a line or a curve and no restating for this exercise 😀
Yesterdays CD & AA session was a discussion about using mechanical lines to draw. The orderliness, precision and the weight of such lines. We had a demo by Javed and then drawings of Juan Gris and Stuart Davis were shown and discussed. Both were influenced by Picasso and Cubism and expressed form in terms of line, plane and colour.
The exercise for the day was to make two drawings spontaneously using mechanical lines. We were to continue using black, wet medium – pen, ink, brush, markers etc. A third drawing was to be made using an office stapler as the take off point. I used a thick black marker for all three.
I am enjoying these sessions and the thrill of allowing myself to put whatever comes to mind on paper regardless of what it may mean. All this is a part of my subconscious mind and I am keen on learning to interpret them 😀
A month ago we had an introductory session with Javed Jalil and had a brief taste of things to come. Towards the end, Javed asked each of us to draw a line on the paper pinned on the board and he used those lines to produce the drawing shown above. We were then asked to sign it to mark the occassion. We were hooked.
The first of the lessons took place earlier this evening. We talked about what a drawing was, the various types and elements. We then spent time talking about line and had a few exercises in between. I’m looking forward to next Sunday!
In yesterdays post, I talked about the first two of my Going Nuts in November projects. This post expands on the other three 😀
The third project. While reading about Nanowrimo I can across Nablopomo, which is about blogging everyday for a month. Sounded like a good idea to me but when I went to sign up I realised that it was for the month of November. Did that stop me?? And now for everyday in November, I’ll be attempting to make a post a day.
The fourth project.
And then came the realisation that last year, around this time, I’d taken part for the first time in the 3rd Annual Portrait swap being held at WetCanvas! How could I not participate again? And so I signed up for that too. 😀 ( The portraits above are from last years swap )
And the fifth acitivity is attending an art appreciation course with either Rokeya Sultana or Javed Jalil at the Art Club Gallery. I have to go over in the next couple of days to sign up. I’d like to take sessions with both of them but then I think I’ll be asking for more trouble 😀
Now that you know the whole story – Wish me luck!
About the painting at the top of this post. One more wip. Started this self portrait several nights back. I’m hoping to progress it further before my hair grows back! There is a slight tilt to the head as I was peeping from behind the easel to look into the full length mirror on my cupboard. Oil on a 10″ X 12″ canvas.