Sunday, June 14, 2009

Guests Gallery - 1st International Animal Art Contest

The winners were announced today for Guests Gallery's 1st Annual Animal Art Show. This was an online only art contest with a bit of a twist. Instead of the standard board of judges to evaluate the submitted artwork, the judging rested purely on the general public's shoulders. I entered three drawings into the contest and "Little Iron Horse" won an Honorable Mention!
Thank you very much to everyone who voted! You can check out all the results at Guest Gallery's website - 2009 Animal Art Show Winners.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Art of Realism Exhibition

WooHoo! I feel like I just won the lottery! All four pieces (shown below) that I submitted for consideration were accepted into the "Art of Realism" exhibition at the North Vancouver Community Arts' CityScape ArtSpace. The show features realistic drawings created with the objective of obtaining as photo-realistic a finish as possible while using the most basic of materials, pencil and paper. The exhibition runs July 25 - August 29 with an opening reception on July 24th. I'll be there often taking lots of pictures. This is my first official juried exhibition, I kinda feel like a kid on Christmas morning. :-)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Art Happens

Compressed charcoal on 18" x 24" cartridge paper

This drawing was homework for this week's form and composition class. We worked with it in class, adding colour to the composition to lead the eye. Not wanting to mess with this one, I did another quick copy for the class project. This one I decided to keep as is in my portfolio as is because it was one of those drawings that "just happened". I was taking a break in another class, standing at my drafting table. Without really thinking I just grabbed a stick of soft compressed charcoal and started making marks - five or so minutes later there it was. That's one of the many things I love about art - when you're not looking, art happens. :-)

Art Happens - Part Deux

Conte pencil on 18" x 24" cartridge paper

This is a little classroom work from Monday night. We had a live model and started out with quick and simple line drawings capturing the gesture of movement while our model did 10- and 30-second poses. Gradually we increased the pose duration and worked on capturing mass while maintaining the gesture. Finally we did a couple of 20-minute poses and worked on combining the line and mass gesture renderings. In the seated rendering on the right, I smudged the drawing with my fingers to blend and smooth the conte.