I’ve seen Andrew Fox’s calligraphy animals several times over the past year or so, and I now I see that he has an instructional book out. Not having read it, I can’t vouch for the book, but his animals — and bugs and robots and sushi and bombs and so on — are trés cute!
A page this weekend's workshop -- Montana Prairie Journaling -- in Billings, Montana, taught by Jocelyn Curry. The workshop was a lot of fun. I hadn't done any sketching in quite some time. I bought a Winsor-Newton Cotman watercolor kit for the occasion, and enjoyed using it. In workshops, I'm a slow worker (but not so in my own studio, for some reason), so my case was completely undecorated at the end of the workshop, but I did get all the sheets inside done.
Copy of Da Vinci's Study of a Male, at Windsor Castle, Royal Library. I don't see an image of the drawing online, although the companion frontal drawing is readily available. The original was done in red chalk, pen and ink. I used a sepia Conte stick for the chalk and a light orange chalk pencil for the ink, which was (faded to?) beige in the reproduction I have.
I'm not even sharing all 30 noses with you. Nice of me, eh? The second image is of the last of seven (count 'em, 7) pages of noses. I was evidently a little punchy by then: the second to last nose is a bunny nose ...
Only 1-1/2 weeks left in this compressed semester. Figure Drawing has been less painful than I anticipated, although the results have been every bit as lame as I envisioned. The difference, I think, is that I know longer worry about whether I'm going to fail. So when I do fail, it's not that painful anymore. I'm actually more cheerful about all this than it sounds. Noses will be next.
Here's something I started last semester as homework in my Drawing II class. From time to time I've added to it, and I did a little more today. It's a piece of drawing paper 18" x 24" (you only see half of it in this photo) we were given and told to doodle upon throughout the semester. When I complained that it was difficult to doodle in the middle of a sheet of paper that large, the instructor said we could fold it if we liked. So I folded my sheet into the one-page book structure that was the subject of my January 1 post. Which is why you can only see half of it.