Had a day off and spent part of it hanging out at Robson Square enjoying live music and watching people skate to soak in a little bit of that holiday spirit. Personally I prefer drawing to falling on my bum, but hey that’s just me.
I got to spend a little time with the sun out at Victory Square, Vancouver today, where people paid their respect to our veterans in front of the cenopath on Remembrance Day. It was very touching to see people of all ages and ethnicities putting their poppies on the wreaths. We have a lot to be thankful for, living in this great country!
Following up on the Bard on the Beach reportage, here are some poster designs for the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Hope you like it!
It’s been a busy year thus far, with jobs, projects, and personal affairs occupying my time, making it hard to go out and draw. It’s no excuse to slack off, though. “Drawing for an artist is like playing the scales for a musician”, my teacher used to say. You gotta do it to stay sharp.
The most challenging thing about figure drawing is that in an artificial environment, drawing the same model over and over, it’s very easy to develop gimmicky habits and forget to observe and react to what you see. To get the most out of the model, I try to give myself a different challenge each time the moderator utters the word “change”.
“It can’t be any new note. When you look at the keyboard, all the notes are there already. But if you mean a note enough, it will sound different. You got to pick the notes you really mean!”
— Thelonius Monk
How fitting that this quote came from a Jazz pianist, a music genre that emphasizes spontaneity, expression, and reaction, rather than rehearsed precision. Though I’m not much of a connoisseur for hard Jazz, this quote fascinated me since I first read it years ago and continues to inspire me. I’ll just let it sink in a bit while you listen to Monk play the piano. What do you think he means?
Equally inspiring is one of my favourite models Bettie Fever. One of the common traits of a great model is that they always mean something with every pose, and Bettie is no exception. It makes the artist’s job much easier!
I hope you enjoyed these drawings from my last two sessions as much as I enjoyed making them. Stay tuned for a new blog entry of the character design process as I prepare for my next graphic novel.