December 31, 2010

My Moleskine today (13)…

I'm glad I finally got to the last day of this year 2010! It was a bad one for me, with lots of struggle and hard moments. I can only hope for better for the coming year. I'll do whatever it takes to make the best out of 2011!! Happy New Year to all of you, I wish you the best too!

December 29, 2010

My new sketchbook…

I had a "off-family afternoon" today. I decided to go to Musée d'Orsay to get some drawing done. As there were too many people waiting to get in, even in the fast line, I decided to sit down outside the museum. It got cold after a while so I just manage to paint these two watercolor sketches. But what's most important is that I now feel I'll have to organise my time to do more watercolors next year, so I hope I can keep that in mind...

December 28, 2010

My Moleskine today (12)… (or more, the last days)

I did some sketches the last days... instead of reading in front of the fire. I had some difficulties not to feel stressed of the short time they sit still. Sometimes I had to leave the drawing on standby and hope the would come back to sit in the same position later... it worked once quite smoothly, Paul came back! But he always sits in this position to read so it was that incredible. 

December 21, 2010

My Moleskine today (11)…

The need to draw was "too much" before going to bed yesterday...  I love the scent of hyacinths, it reminds me of the few Christmases I had the chance to spend in Sweden as a child. Some things are strongly connected with even very short moments, instants of our lives. I have lots of these "connections" inside me.

December 14, 2010

Engravings, two still lifes... (4)

Here we got last weeks print, the glass with stones. This is my best print since I started a few months ago. I'm actually very happy about it, because for some time I wasn't sure of the interest of doing this compared to a classic drawing. I see clearer now and my hope is coming back. The hope of being able to develop my engravings into what I imagined it could be.
The print just above, the glass with pine cones, is what I prepared yesterday for today's session... the result is a little dark but that's fine with me here. I might try to work on it a little more to get some light back. But sometimes I feel it's just as good to go on to the next project, while trying to keep in mind what I learned from this.

Engravings... (4)

It's late... have just finished engraving a plate for tomorrow's engravings session. I would like to see what it will look like right away, but I'll have to be patient like a child waiting for Christmas. I better don't hope too much because that's when I most of the times get disapointed... better stay calm!

December 11, 2010

Figure drawing sessions... (8)

This is the result of his weeks friday session of figure drawing, with as usual poses from five to fifteen minutes. 
Soon I will feel the need to use some color or another material to draw... but right now I haven't got enough of working with crayon. After all this drawing I'll have to promote Faber Castell a little, as their crayons are the best and most constant in quality (those green "classical" crayons I think I have always seen around me ever since I was little!). I can also recommend Faber Castell's felt pens, they are the ones I feel most confortable with for the color and the quality. They don't last long, but that's because I do a lot of lines and I've tryed all the other brands, so that's a constant dilemma... If you need really fine points you'll have to chose another brand though and to draw in black. 

December 07, 2010

Engravings... (3)

Today I printed several times two new plates. I started to get a clue about the application of the ink and the whiping off le plate before printing. This is a small drawing, but I have the second one drying (to see next week) which is bigger and where I managed to get enough of values in the final print. I even managed to print correctly at the end and several times! Feels good to do some progress here! 

Good habits...

This is what I should do before starting any drawing! Fast sketches to search for compositions. Drawing and composing the same object in as many ways as possible and to chose the most intéresting one in the end. Most of the times I just start to draw, without planning what I'm going to do, even if I know it isn't the best thing to do. All of the sketches above could and should be developed much further. I should "puch it" as far as I can. If I can manage to change my bad habit for this good one, it will do me great (and to my drawings!).

December 03, 2010

Figure drawing sessions... (7)

A little struggle to draw figures today. This might be the only one I find interesting.
Finally, looking back, this second drawing has got something I kind of like too...

December 01, 2010

Figure drawing sessions... (6)

I hope I'll manage to go to both of my figure drawing sessions this week. These are the sketches I did this morning. (It was 5-15 minutes sittings.)

November 29, 2010

The view from my window…

The view from my window changed today... it has been snowing during the night! Finally I'm not too unhappy I decided to stay home today to paint or draw. Sometimes the choise is difficult as spending a lot of time at home can be frustrating. Specially when I don't manage to get anyting good out on the sheet of paper. That's when it makes me feel like I've been loosing my time. 
In this sketch, at least I got the mood of view, I think. These a little funny colors at the trees made it, even though I don't think anyone else would have agreed that they were visible. I'm glad I can listen to my  feelings and to the painting itself sometimes, as it tells me what to do and surprises are then poping out. 
This is all about this view for now... 

My Moleskine today (10)…

Just found something to draw and that fits into my mini serie of drawings in my Moleskine! Not so easy to get the hand on wild animals! 
Little things make me feel like drawing it right away... 

November 28, 2010

The execution of a studio drawing (3)...

... and this is it.

.... a little further...

This is a new compositon for a studio study...
It makes me feel good every time a do this kind of work, it's done very slowly and my state is like very calm very shortly. Just what I need lately...
The challenge with this drawing is going to be how to get a movement and "action" with three "similar" objects in a kind of symetrical composition and with a front view. It's also important, as always to make the spectators eyes travel trough the drawing without escaping out of it's borders and to the give him or her the feeling there are more to discover when looking harder.

November 23, 2010

Engravings... (2)

This apple is my first engraving on zinc. The result is better and it's easier to do details, but the shadow here is not very "delicate" so I'm glad I learn from every new try, for now.

These two prints never got better than this, as I overworked the top one and I prefered to leave them both to continue with a new attempt. A tried to engrave a zinc plate this last time, which turned out to be much easier for me than those made of tin. 
I'll show the result next week as a leave the print to dry.
Well, well, this is not easy!
Each step of doing engravings is very delicate and quind of unpredictable for now. I imagined the most complicated and difficult would be to engrave. But not, I was wrong! The application of the ink and the "wiping off" the ink is just as subtle to do. So when printing I'm never very sure of the result. I'm supposed to be able to reproduce the same print several times and I'm terribly far from that. I don't even get a print that looks better and better! A new surprise each time! Or deception more like...
But I won't give up! I wish to get the result I want at the end, no matter the time it will take to get there!!
So, more to come next week...

November 19, 2010

Figure drawing sessions (4)...

I regret I miss so many session of figure drawing this autumn. 
I hope I will be more regular from now on... 

November 18, 2010

Urban landscapes in watercolor...

This is first of a serie of paintings I will be working on from today, for the following weeks.
Urban landscapes in which I will prior simplicity, light and values. I also should work on my coloured greys and whites, so I have to try to develop and use those. I like when there is contrasts in paintings so I hope there will be some in the final results.
Well now, I  "only" have to keep to my goals...

November 11, 2010

The execution of a studio drawing (2)...

I better stop... hope this is my last word!

Well, some hours of drawing later. I stop here for now. I feel like it's finished, but I'll will leave it a few days to see what I think then.
(a few hours later...)
I already see thing I want to modify, so I'll be back on it soon I guess...

Another studio drawing I had started a while ago and that I have worked on today. It's not finished, I will have to bring some more life and mouvement into it, don't know how exactly yet...

November 10, 2010

Engravings... (1)

As I sad here below today, I've started I course to learn engravings. Until now we have only done "monotypes" and this was the result of my first try. I didn't have time to finish this and I'm not sure that you'll see what I wanted to represent. Anyway, with the monotype you can get lovely blacks and whites, and that's what might save this one from a complete failure (for the curious, it's an apple with a few leaves left on it...).

October 22, 2010

Figure drawing sessions (2)...

Here are just a few sketches from last figure drawing sessions.
I start to realise that my absolut preference is to draw portraits
rather than the whole figure, unless he or she is dressed so that I can be inspired drawing the clothes with the textures, colors and patterns. I don't feel any ultimate goal in nude drawing other than learning observation and drawing.
(These are quick poses and the smalest once that fits into my scan.)