This weekend’s session of figure drawing was SO much fun– the class teaching assistants painted the model with body paint, making her poses all the more dynamic and colorful. I feel like I’m starting to get the hang of it again. Can’t wait to get back to it!
Last Saturday I volunteered for Somerville Up-Close, a community arts project for youth conceived of and directed by my friend Sara Argue (she strikes again!). The premise of the project she envisioned was simple: create a collaborative art project for kids who are interested in growing up to be artists, and get real artists to volunteer to help the project come to life! Sounds pretty cool, but the final product was incredible: a mosaic map of the town of Somerville made entirely by 5th and 6th graders in four short afternoons. Look at the line! the color! the energy!
I feel so excited when I look at this piece; there’s a freedom and intensity that’s so rare in work by grown-ups. And the scale of it, the hugeness of it, makes me want to do bigger work. The time has come to stretch my wings, and I give myself permission to jump!
Finally! New art! After wrapping up the Class of 1953 Commons mural at Dartmouth College (more pictures to be posted soon) and easing into the new year, I am back at my desk happily working away at illustration and comic projects once again. To start off the year I thought I’d share a four-page Caterpillar story that ran in the Drawn & Paneled section of Vermont’s Seven Days Magazine in October/November. Keep checking back over the next few days to see the rest of the tale. I will launch into posting 2011 work and sketches soon thereafter. Happy Wednesday everyone!
Lately I’ve found myself doing some sample illustration work to build my portfolio and remind myself how to apply what I’ve learned from comics into other publishing projects. Here’s a recent drawing, finished in pencil and watercolor. The original is about 11″x17″.
Sorry I’ve been so delinquent about my blog in the last couple of weeks– it is crunch time at CCS, and there is much to be done yet on my thesis! I still need to design a cover and may attempt to submit a short piece to an anthology this week, but I’m finally in the homestretch for coloring my 19 page chapter and should be done by Friday. Thank goodness! It’s taking quite a while, but our movies are keeping me company. Tim and I own over 150 films, but every time one ends I wander over to our shelves and stare for several minutes, unable to comprehend how I can be looking at so many titles and still feel like we don’t have anything to watch. There’s only so many rounds of the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy that I can take, as much as I love it!
Here’s a visual of the hours logged this week!