Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Life Drawing, Andy & Bethany

 Some life drawing from the past few weeks, and a bit of a rant at the bottom of the page about the changes that have happened in relation to life drawing and the budget cuts.

So it looks like the administration in our university are now in charge of what life drawing models. Not to mention that also, this year the life drawing room is so small you can't comfortably fit in 30-40 people, and make them draw without it somehow breaching human rights.  Fashion took over the illustration life drawing room to use it as a classroom. Admin tried to unfairly dismiss the wonderful Gary Long, as he came to retiring age at the end of the last university year. I know there are budget cuts, and things seem to be on a knife edge at the moment, but admin seem to be doing some very strange things. I don't know what purpose sacking Gary would have, as they would need to hire another person with less experience and knowledge, and they would probably have to pay them the same rate. I thought that all the courses that did life drawing also used our life drawing room, and therefore it was beneficial to keep it. It appears that we will now only ever have 2 life drawing models... one man named Andy, and a shy girl (new to life modeling). I don't really understand why we aren't using any of the models from last year, as they have experience, and it wasn't as if we didn't have a good few to choose from. Im glad for the new man, he seems to have experience, and holds really interesting poses. The girl, (I wish her all the best, she seems lovely, and what im about to say has no reflection on her at all) is new to life modeling, rather shy and self conscious, and because of this, it affects all the poses. I can appreciate it is hard for her, but at the same time, I don't know why they have hired someone with no experience when we had a good run of women for life modeling who had experience. It all seems counter productive, and detrimental to our education within illustration. The size of the room means that we now have to split into 2 groups, and have half a day each. We have been invited to stay, if we wish, for the whole day, but the exercised would simply get repeated again. This doesn't then allow for longer poses, and I struggle, even with my passion for life drawing, to haul myself to the afternoon session when I know it will be the same again. It is a shame, and I hope other people feel the same way. I don't know how we are going to tackle the problem of when we get to what would have been full day oil paintings.  I really hope Gary Long will set up his own life drawing classes, but even then, I doubt it would allow for a full 6 hour painting session. Life drawing underpins all drawing related to figures, even if in a naive style, you still need to know how the body moves and looks in different poses otherwise your work won't be so believable.  It is essential to our practice as illustrators, and a damn shame that it is suffering so much.

Sorry about the rant, and I hope you liked the life drawing!
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Halloween, Tea Classes & Pantone Mug

Yes I know Halloween was now a while ago... but here is one obligatory picture:
Me and my boyfriend for the night (the fetching one in red)... Eduardo.
Happy day of the dead! Feliz Dia de los Muertos!

ok, so now that thats out of the way, we can get back down to business.

Our lovely house this year has about 4 apple trees in the back garden... 2 eating apple trees, and 2 cooking apple trees. All of the eating apples are now gone, but the cooking apples remain. We can't make apple pie or crumble all the time, as we'd all end up as tremendous fatties! So I made a little basket (or sign), and I fill it up with fresh apples most days when not raining, only ones that haven't started to be eaten by little creatures... and then I put it outside the house! It certainly makes me feel good... they don't go to waste and people get free tasty apples to make into yummy winter warming desserts! 

Outside our porch :)

The sign reads- FREE! cooking apples (fresh from the tree) (Please don't take my basket!) Enjoy your apple crumble/pie etc!

My good deed every now and then.

I have started attending tea classes at 'The Essence of Tea' every Monday night at 7-9pm... they also do a class at the same time on Wednesday nights.
This time we were given an introduction, and we tasted 8 different teas several times each. Some really beautiful teas. I was surprised to find that hot water tasted really sweet after tasting the teas!

I am taking many notes as I go along, and have handmade a book, and done a small watercolour painting for the cover. In the end I hope to condense my notes and add illustrations to it, as a tasting guide to teas in the shop, or as a general overview to tea with some interesting facts. Just to please myself really, or perhaps I will in future use it as the founding for my information illustration project.

The book, along with some sweet little gourds/squashes/pumpkins that I bought to use as still life subjects.

I highly recommend going to have tea (and now sushi) from 'The Essence of Tea' in Falmouth run by David and Kathy Collen. A lovely couple, absolutely beautiful shop, and great tea!

Last but not least... I bought a pantone mug today! Lovely olive green! Gorgeous! I shall forever drink in style now. They have a range of colours, though not as big as I had hoped really! You can find them online at various places.

Ok, thats that, next post is lifedrawing from the past 3 sessions.
Cya in a bit!

Friday, 5 November 2010

Back! Summer sketches & Scanner

Finally! A new scanner has been sent to me as a replacement for the broken one. Thank I can actually show you guys what I was up to over summer!

 Blue Footed Boobies

 Mariposas del Mindo- Chrysalises

 Butternut Squash & Salon

 Casa Hood-Ecuador

 Chilies and Home Garden

 The Coffee Tree and Square in Quito Old Town

 Cows from Humshaugh- Near Newcastle

 People and Food in Ecuador (Otavalo and Quito)

 Hugito- Old Man that lives in Coco Bar-Canoa.

 Owl Butterfly- Mindo

 A Drawing from a little girl named Jeni Gaola Tenelemanuño. Apparently the panda is me, and i'm about to fall into the sea. How lovely!

 Pizzeria El Tigrillo- Mindo

 A Plane at Texas Airport- I had 7 hours to kill before I flew, and boy did they go slowly.

 Pooka and Mica, my bestest buddies from my trip. I wanted to adopt them both... They used to fight all day and then sleep curled up together. Pooka had amazing huge ears, and Mica was the fattest little kitten I have ever seen.

 Sheep in Newcastle

 Max and a Tiger... from when I got home

Yachana Lodge before I got sent home on the first canoe at daybreak.

So there we have it guys! A brief snapshot of my holiday in Ecuador, I'm hoping to get my reportage skills up to scratch before I attempt Barcelona. 

More posts coming soon! Maybe with photos from the trip, life drawing from this year and some other goodies. 

see you soon!