I was full of good intentions when i started this portrait of Barack Obama tonight. I wanted to keep it a bit sketchy, not get too caught up in the details, and above all, not be cheesy. I am disappointed on all fronts. This was one of the most difficult exercises I've done in a while. That confirms my belief that I have very little control over my own drawings -- in fact, attempting to control is the surest way to dull results ("dull results" being a dressed up version of failure). Maybe next time.
2B "fat" Cretacolor graphite on Strathmore paper. Meh.
I was in the crafts class this morning and liked the mess on the counter. At random, there was: a bottle of lotion, a printer, a box of tissues, Megan's "magic" Moleskine, a cup of coffee, scissors, three tape dispensers, my purse, a pen, an eraser, a stapler, a piece of paper and more little boxes.
A portion of the math department at our faculty meeting today. Pen and watercolor.
Also, you might have noticed i am scanning again -- that's because i have finally got a new computer. In fact, i got two. A wee (8.9 inch!) ASUS to do the dirty job of being transported back and forth between my house and my job, and a MacBook... for everything else. I feel like i am home again.
Lynne (visit her at Pawprints) kindly asked me to disclose some screw-ups from my sketchbooks, and though it is not easy to reveal the ones i don't like, i must say, it is an exercise in humility!! These didn't make the blog because they were either flawed, boring, or repetitive. From top to bottom: a chair in the doctor's waiting room, a faculty meeting, and Megan's hand.
The thing about work is it will expand to whatever time we allocate for it. If i give myself an entire Saturday morning to prepare weekly lesson plans, answer e-mails, grade papers, it will take that and then some. However, if i allocate two hours knowing i have something else to do, i will manage to pack it all in in that time -- and the work will most likely not suffer. All this to say that this time management has enabled me to keep drawing daily. Some of the stuff i have drawn lately has sucked. So i haven't posted it. I have pages of things i don't like.
Today, i drew this camera. It was a bit rushed, and is not quite finished. It almost sucks. For that reason, i don't think it qualifies for the Andrea-France draw-off. :-)
One more from our Moleskine Exchange posse. Miguel's Moley is now in the Seattle area. Since i lost a bunch of files in the demise of my once trusty laptop, i had to ask Gabi to send me his scan of my drawing. I went through my share of anxiety having to follow up on Andrea's buttons. I wanted to draw some of my books, because i think book spines are irresistibly photogenic, standing there on the shelf. But i also thought they didn't blend well with Andrea's sumptuous buttons. I still don't think they do. But there they are.
On a funny note: one has to tilt one's head to the right to read the spines of books published in the UK and the US, and tilt it to the left to read the spine of most books published in France -- which makes for some goofy-looking shelves.