April 29, 2011

Untitled Female No. 12, Savannah

The figurative portion is from April 4 at The ARTS Project. India ink gesture, then ramdam and free watercolour...  trying to get away from the tight / controlled work. The architecture details are from last years trip to Savannah (well, golfing in Hilton Head and a drive to Savannah). The  Riverfront District is historic and interesting and very beautiful. I unfortunately did not have time to draw while I was there, but have some good photo reference.

About Savannah "The City with the Nation’s Largest Registered Urban Historic Landmark District: Savannah has a unique city plan with 21 lush green squares, a wide variety of architecture, 1,600-plus restored structures rated historically and architecturally significant all within a 2.5 square mile area."

April 25, 2011

Golf Season

It’s been a long winter, but finally golf season has begun. Middle of April, before Greenhill Course even opened, played 18 holes on Good Friday. Then came the overnight April showers and Dingman Creek flooded the course, so off to GreyStone to play on Saturday.

Sketching on the golf course is good practise in drawing quickly. Usually only have time for a few pencil lines at a time. The rest of the sketch is done on next hole or hole after that, depending on wait time. This is GreyStone Hole # 1 with Niagara Escarpment in background. I find drawing naked trees very challenging and golf courses are full of naked trees at this time of year. In a week or so we will have the lush foliage and the courses will be all green.

April 15, 2011

On Location

Finally warm enough to be outside to do some drawing. Before work on thursday morning, met Susan at Victoria Park, where there are many large, old victorian era homes. Victorian era refers to a time period and not to a style. Queen Victoria, born in 1819, ruled Great Britain, the most powerful nation on earth at the time, from 1837 to 1901. Victorian architecture, in its broadest sense, is any building or style that was produced during her reign. The feature that attrached me, was the large colums with the ionic capitals. There are so many more wonderful examples of victorian era architecture in this area.

April 5, 2011

Figure Drawing

From last nights figure drawing session at The ARTS Project. Great model, great poses. I like these freedom and simpicity of these two short gesture sketches. I tend to get very tight and controlled with the longer poses. Still adding the watercolur on some of the ink drawings/sketches.