Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Spring has Sprung

It's actually beginning to feel a lot like spring. Growing up, it was always a delight to hear my dad recite Spring is Sprung. I'll have to remind him.


Spring is sprung,
The grass is riz,
The boid is on the wing—
My woid, how absoid!
I thought the wing was on the boid.


I came across this wonderful tribute to Spring cover design by the lovely Maira Kalman for the New Yorker.

copyright Maira Kalman for March 26, 2012 New Yorker cover

Monday, 6 January 2014

Life Drawing

I'm excited to share some drawings developed from quick gestural sketches done at Basic Inquiry during a three hour life drawing session. 

Original sketches were done with charcoal on newsprint. The beauty of newsprint is that it's cheap and not too precious freeing you from the fear of making mistakes. I've started looking through the 18 pages of figures and picked ones to play some more with. Using tracing paper I'm reworking and refining the figure studies with ink and brush.

Stretch Times 2

Stretch Times 3

Together 1

Together 2


Lounging



Sunday, 5 January 2014

Illustrator Quentin Blake on how he draws


Magic Crayon Fun

Inspired by the magic pencil and watercolour crayon drawings of Quentin Blake shown below. He is one of my favourite artists and children's book illustrators.


A Leap for Joy by Quentin Blake


The Story by Quentin Blake


Big Healthy Girls by Quentin Blake


Big Healthy Girls by Quentin Blake


Here are some of my magic crayon and watercolour experiments:

Cartwheel fun ingredients: magic crayons, watercolour, human spirit and play.



More cartwheel fun... A little watercolour for a friend with neon crayons (a new favourite).


Work in progress pirate blowing giant elephant bubbles inspired by such a pirate at the Moss Street Market in Victoria, BC.