Sneak a Peek into My Sketchy – Life’s Not Always Black & White

As a psychotherapist I knew that one of the biggest pitfalls of all relationships* was  “seeing” others through the clouded lens of our own eyes.  We humans tend to think everyone feels as we do and should understand what we know.  It’s hard to take someone else’s position because we live in the bubble of our unique experiences and interpretations.  In psychological terms it’s called projection.  I was surprised to see this phenomena in artwork.

During the breaks in life drawing I noticed that many (not all) drew the model in “their own image”:  Short students tended to draw the models legs too short; stocky students drew her a bit too stocky and; muscular students created muscular images.

Although all art, whether dancing, singing, painting etc. is  ultimately a “projection” of the artist I’m wondering if what sets apart renowned artists from amateurs is a true reflection of the artist rather than an “accurate” rendition of the subject?

Charcoal, 20 minute sketch

Conte Crayon, 20 minute sketch

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Each sketch, 20 minutes

To read about the pitfalls of relationships click here:  

*6 Factors that Can Predict Divorce or Separation 

Mervin the Mole Rat sez: “Her art is a projection of wishful thinking . . .”

Sneek a Peek into my Sketchy Life – with a Capital V

My head has stopped throbbing, my nose has stopped running, my bronchials have stopped bronchialing, and I’m no longer contagious.  Finally got back to life drawing classes just in time for my favorite model.  She’s VOLUPTUOUS has long red disheveled hair and fun to draw.

These are all 20-minute poses done with conte crayon.  The first and last drawings are my favorites.

And I thought I was her favorite?

Inky Dinky October – Swift & Divided

If you’ve followed Curious to the Max for a long time you know I’ve periodically participated in blog-challenges.   Having a chronic condition like fibromyalgia sometimes derails me so I talked Peggy Arndt, my co-blogger from CATNIPblog , into participating with me in Inktober.

INKTOBER: 31 Days, 31 drawings, based on pre-set prompts.  

Peggy & I have been doing ink sketches for CATNIPblog so here’s da plan:

I’ll post a drawing a day (we are a few days behind) on Curious to the Max with a once-a-week-retrospective on CATNIPblog for those of you who just want to click- off the dailies!

Riding bicycle, dark orange copy:border

October 1, SWIFT prompt,  Meowie Rides Again

Oct 2, Divided prompt, Woofer & Meowie

Tomorrow, I’ll post more “catch-ups”.

If you want to participate too, send us your ink sketches and we’ll post them with ours! Here’s the information:

Sneak a Peek – getting in the mood for Valentine’s Day

No further explanation needed . . .

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20 minute pose, Water-color pencil

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20 minute pose, water-color pencil

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15 minute pose, water-color pencil

"She's got to be kidding"

“Getting into the mood! She’s got to be kidding . . . an explanation is definitely needed . . .”

Sneek a Peek into my sketchy life – Heads UP!

The last class for this semester –  I continued to play with water-color pencil.  

Water-color

Water-color

I tend to draw the heads too small . . . or . . . another way of “looking at it” . . . I make the bodies too big.  Then again, he is a big guy.

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Bob Blobfish sez: ". . . I p"

Bob Blobfish sez: ” Until art classes start again she can practice drawing larger heads by drawing me in the  nude”

My Sketchy Life – why the nude still shocks

If you are an art buff or interested in the psychology of nudes read this article Why The Nude Still Shocks.  Not only is it interesting it underscores my past reluctance to put up the sketches of men as opposed to women. (see Equal Opportunity Nudes)

The model this week was male but he was wearing this warrior “get-up” that the men in the class seemed to enjoy drawing , . .  must be a testosterone “thing”.  I say “TAKE IT OFF!”

Water-color pencil

Water-color pencil

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My Sketchy Life – from start to finish

My Sketchy Life – from start to finish

Take a peek at the entire class from the beginning 2 minute sketches to the 20 minute poses.  

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Charcoal, 2 minute poses

Tried water-color pencil for the first time.  Discovered it doesn’t ERASE so the first go over needs to be very light. 

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Water-color pencil

This model was great.  She was more voluptuous than most and I didn’t have to draw muscles!  

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Water-color pencil. Ended up with 4 breast because I couldn’t erase!

In the sketch below I used an old piece of cardboard backing.   If you look you can see the water stains from years past.

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Water-color pencil on cardboard

For the last pose the model put clothes on . . . probably because I couldn’t get her breasts symmetrical!  

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Water-color pencil on water-color paper

I may take these drawings and experiment some more with the water-color.

"Food for thought . . . "

“I think she’s experimented enough already . . .”

 

“Befores” and “afters”

Judy Formato collects people – from bus rides, parties, meetings and invites them to her “POP” gatherings – Painting on the Patio. Yesterday I met her collection of very talented and welcoming women who have been meeting for 3 years to paint, chat and share resources.

Most of the women were doing water-color.  I experimented with my newly purchased pastels to color two of my quickie life drawing sketches I had done in class. 

The afternoon was topped off with wine and snacks.  Judy served a verrrrry tasty egg plant dip that had zing from some delicious pepper sauce imported by the family fine Italian food company Formato Brothers.

Here are my “befores” and “afters”:

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“After” – pastel

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“Before”, Charcoal – 1 minute sketch

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“Before”, Charcoal,  1 minute sketch

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“After”, pastel

Hmmmm . . . looks like they are all "afters" . . . after drinking

Hmmmm . . . looks like all the drawings are “afters” . . . afters drinking wine . . .

Year of the Fairy Tale – Little Red Riding Hood Story-Board

Here’s my story-board for Little Red Riding Hood, The REAL Tail (you’ll have to click the link for the story)

Little Red Riding Hood - The Real Tail story board
Little Red Riding Hood – The Real Tail story board

Story-boards are suppose to be little sketches that go along with the story.  The sketches are suppose to be on a “board”.  Mine are on a piece of paper.  That means I made a story-paper.

 

Elephant & Ant, SNEAK PEEK

Sneak Peek of Elephant & Ant !!!!!

ONLY YOU, yes YOU, no one else in the whole wide world,  have the first, the very first glimpse of What’s to COME!

An astounding, creative, lovable, incredible, unbelievable,

did I say lovable?, story of the Love Affair between

Elephant & Ant

 The start of the tail

A love story come to light*

You have the first peek

Elephant and Ant

An Unlikely love affair

to light up your life

She’s light on his feet

He is the light of her life

He’s not a light weight

He can’t see beyond his nose

the impossibility

That everyone knows

So stay tuned right here

There’s MORE to be brought to light

Just for your delight

In response to haiku prompts on Haiku-Heights  Ramesh Sood wrote a series of haiku about Elephant and Ant.  He’s now put the story between this  unlikely pair into rhyme – and I’m delighted to help him introduce them to you.

(The sketches on this page are preliminary and are not to be confused for the REAL Elephant and Ant)

Read Ramesh’s wonderful poetry on his blog:

A Little More Than Ordinary

*Haiku-Heights Prompt – Light