Updated Figure Drawings on my website.

The flowers are blossoming in London and that can only mean one thing: SPRING. And with the change in season comes Spring Cleaning of my apartment. It’s officially time to store away 2-3 sketchbooks and throw away stacks of loose paper. The more I draw, the less attached I get to any one drawing. When I was in high school, I used to get protective over every painting, drawing, and doodle. But I’ve started thinking about my art as an ongoing journey and form of creative meditation rather than a portfolio (required for college applications or job interviews). This mentality has completely changed my approach to figure drawing… and my willingness to stuff A3 sketchbooks into the trash.

How would you change your approach to something you love if it was for purely personal fulfillment rather than professional development? 

Most people believe in the ‘Do what you love’ mantra about work, but I think it’s hard to receive personal fulfillment if you’re being paid to create work/art for someone else. To me, there are things I love doing at work and things I love doing in my personal life. Equally satisfying, but in separate ways.

If you want to see my favorite figure drawings, I’ve uploaded them to my website (obviously I created digital evidence of my work before throwing them in the bin!) Check them out here.

 

Creative Anatomy

 

Just went to a ‘Creative Anatomy’ Class yesterday from the London Drawing Society – the same place where I do my usual Monday life drawing classes. I majorly enjoyed looking beneath the outer layer and into the structural systems that shape the human body. I definitely make the mistake of drawing the shapes and lines I see in front of me rather than treating the body as a 3-dimensional mass. This was a great class and I can’t wait for the next regular Monday Life Drawing class to apply this to my art practice.

For me, life drawing is very similar to YOGA. By calling the process of joining the mind and body systems into one wholly integrated mind-body system a practice”, Yoga reiterates that perfection is relative and not a specific end-goal. It’s an ongoing journey that evolves as you do.

I also approach ‘Figure Drawing’ as a continuous practice rather than a means to an end. It’s a calming activity that feeds my creativity and curiosity. It’s constantly evolving depending on my present focus, mood, art materials, and environment. This anatomy class was a great addition to my practice to push me outside of my usual drawing approach. I find that if I stick with the same medium or model, I can easily enter an autopilot mindset. (but I guess that’s a general rule about going through life…)

If you put yourself in a position where you have to stretch outside your comfort zone, then you are forced to expand your consciousness.
– Les Brown

Consumerism

tumblr_oe4b3dsxbr1qzr04eo1_1280If I had my own company/product/brand… I would enable my consumers to create as much as they consume. That would be my promise to them and to the world.

Marketing was traditionally a ‘push’ medium – by putting ads in front of mass audiences. We now have ‘pull marketing’ – which engages consumers through alluring content and opportunities to engage.  However, likes, shares, and comments are not true interaction, but measly clicks. They are part of the consumerist culture rather than the maker culture. Brands have the budgets, authority, and power to help their consumers CREATE things… which in my opinion will build long-term brand loyalty and help the planet. We can not continue down this path of using up natural resources and continually buying products. I believe people aren’t intentionally swallowing the planet product-by-product, but we have been primed to purchase and consume through the marketing we see 24/7.

Monday Figure Drawing

  1. Exercise in Spacial Orientation. Same model – 3 different 15 minute poses in the same space.
  2. 20 minute standing pose

Best piece of advice from tonight:

Put down lines with intention – especially paying attention to the thickness of the outline. Heavy contours can reduce the volume and 3D illusion of the body. 

PANTONE 17-4421 Larkspur

December 24th, 2014 – the Day I started my new Pantone Colour Notebook. With the following entry:

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Hello Pantone Book, 

I am currently at Starbucks in Chagrin Falls, Ohio with my sister (who is drinking Camomille Tea and reading Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell). I really believe this coming year is going to be a good one … after all, I’ve just been gifted a notebook full of shades and hues. Every page forward is a new burst of inspiration that starts with a new Pantone colour. 

Best, 

Violeta (PANTONE 15-3909 Cosmic Sky) 

Today, I finished that notebook – here’s a snapshot of what it’s many pages contain:

Last page of the book: PANTONE 14-6011 Grayed Jade

 

FABER-CASTELL PENS.

 

I’m going to be a Brand advocate for Faber-Castell today because I love my 4 PITT artist pens. A few reasons I like the brand:

  • Exceptionally high quality and long-lasting
  • Targeting and understanding of artist community
  • Traditional branding/product design
  • And I love the Sepia – it’s ideal for sketching
  • The set of 4 has the right mix of brush width