Saturday, March 28, 2015

It Figures

(DISCLAIMER-Drawings of the Nude Human Figure)
One of my favourite things to draw is the human figure. Most of the time I tend to draw them in a clothed and mostly cartoony fashion, but I took a class on figure drawing during the Spring '14 semester. It was basically a room full of easels, 30+ students and a nude model. When the class started I was incredibly nervous and panicky. But eventually I got better and more confident, and I relaxed. Figure Drawing was the things that got me through losing my dad. The class was the only place I could clear my head and just focus on something else. So when my friend Clay's schedule and mine finally lined up with a local figure drawing group, we had to go.

The first time we went a few weeks ago I was super nervous, but still managed to have fun. I used more pieces of graphite instead of pencils. Quickly I was reminded of the areas I need to work on, mainly hands & feet and proportion of head/upperbody/lower body. For the most part my upper body looked good, but legs were too short, sometimes with too narrow hips. These issues weren't as bad once we got to longer poses, but my 3-10 minute poses all ended up super off. I think my last one turned out the best, and I even had time to work on the face.

A few weeks later, Clay and I went back to the figure drawing group. I wasn't sure if I wanted to go or not, after receiving the worst letter in the mail the night before, but I'm glad I went. Drawing and focusing was really good for getting my mind off my fear of not having a future. This time I didn't add any value to the figure and just focused on getting clean, accurate lines. I feel like my proportion is getting better overall, and I'm just improving in general. Though I did get super frustrated on our 45 minute pose. I drew it too small, so like 2/3 through I drew a second one, purposefully so large only the upper body fit on the page. I used ebony, 2h, and 6B pencils. I think next time I may want to bring marker or ink or something else. I don't know yet, luckily I have time to decide. I'm so excited for the next time we get to go draw.

Thanks for Reading,

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Happy Spring!

To celebrate the first day of spring, I spent a couple hours walking the Erie Canal right before sunset. It was good to get outside and move, and I saw so much wildlife, I was definitely more excited than I probably should've been. It's the first time in forever that I've spent more than 10 minutes outside for fun verses to shovel snow. Plus, I've been so stressed out worrying about what to do for my future, it was so relaxing to not think.

I received a Tamron 70-300mm lens for Christmas and hadn't really gotten the chance to use it for any amount of time yet. The only photos I really took with it were my mother from across the room to annoy her, and out the window on a 45 minute drive to visit a pregnant friend of mine. I figured taking it outside would be a fun way to get to know it better.

 Admittedly I was out a bit longer than I should have, considering it was about 37 degrees while I was outside, but I couldn't help myself. It was just so nice to be out. I wasn't the only person walking the canal either, there was at least half a dozen people walking and two bikers. It makes me so excited for when it does warm up, and we can start biking again. Especially since I now have this awesome lens, so I can capture the deer that we'll inevitably see.

 My main goal for walking was to try and capture the colours as the sun set. Rather quickly I was distracted by all the birds. The normal geese and sparrows, plus robins and pigeons. I even saw a hawk which I was really really really excited to see so close up. There was also a fox on the other side of the canal, moving slowly enough for me to get a photo of it to show the Boy. Basically all the animals were out and I was excited.

Rippling water is also one of my favourite things to photograph. The funny shapes and movement are fun to capture, and today was no exception. I quite enjoy photographs that are such a small piece of something that you can't quite tell what that something is, and moving water is a really great way to do that. This shot I got is of the shadows caused by bridge supports, and it just looks so much like it it's a photograph, and I really dig it.

Anyway, thanks for reading and looking at my pictures!


Saturday, March 14, 2015


So I'm barely making it before midnight, but Happy Pi Day! I made Sheperd's Pie for dinner & Apple for dessert.

My sheperd's pie was based on the recipe from "Mayim's Vegan Table." I did use fake meat instead of lentils because my omnivore is picky. But it was soooo good, and it's totally something I'm making again.
I make apple pie at least once a year, and  always make my own crust. I'm basically an expert. Except today where I tossed my top crust and had to make another one. It's okay though, I made it work. It's ugly but who cares if it tastes good.

Thanks for reading! 

Friday, March 6, 2015

Electra Woman and Dyna Girl

The original Electra Woman & Dyna Girl
In the 1976 Electra Woman & Dyna Girl aired for 16 episodes. It was lead by women, poked fun at the Batman & Robin, and was pretty nifty. I've started watching it online (I'm having issues finding episodes 11&12), since it was announced that Grace Helbig (Her self-titled YT Channel)  and Hannah Hart (MyHarto, YT home of MDK) will be staring in a reboot. They're are currently filming in Canada, and I cannot tell you how excited I am for this. Both women are hilarious and I bet you it'll do so well once it is released. (The only bit missing is Mamrie Hart (You Deserve a Drink), who I think they should have on as a villain.)
I decided that to celebrate Grace & Hannah landing such an awesome gig, I was going to draw them as their characters. I drew them in the original costumes from the '76 series, since we haven't seen what they will be wearing in the reboot (Definitely something similar, Hannah insta'd about pink spandex and grace was wearing yellow gloves while vlogging on set). The background is the elevator that takes you to the Electrabase. This took a crazy amount of time, about 4 hours. It was fueled by diet dr pepper, a box of pierogis, and a spray can of yellow cake frosting. I regret nothing.
Well, I don't regret recording the drawing for a speed drawing video, but I'm not fond of how long it took to export in premier pro. Ugh. But hey, I think it came out okay. I just need to speed up my footage even more.  (Part of it is premier's preview is choppy, so I'm unsure of how the footage will look) I'll figure out what I'm doing eventually!

Thanks for reading (and watching),
(p.s. don't get too used to dailyish posts :P)

Thursday, March 5, 2015


I have lot of it. I think more now that ever. I'm waiting to hear if I get into an art thing, which makes turning my brain off impossible. No matter what I'm doing, there is a little bit in the back of my brain, thinking about what-ifs and possible scenarios. My part time job is rather slow this time of year, so it looks like I won't be working for almost a month, so I won't be making money or have something to distract my brain with. It's started to effect my ability to fall asleep, so I'm overtired and my body aches. I'm pretty sure I have sciatica, which just makes it worse.
Getting out of bed took me 5 hours yesterday, today it took about 2 & 1/2. I have my drawing things next to/in my bed, so even if I can't make myself get up I can draw. I thought doodling in neon colours would help wake me up and cheer me up. It didn't, but at the same time now I can't say I didn't do anything all day.
It may be starting to decrease. I was worse off over the past weekend, perpetually afraid something terrible was going to happen. I've stopped trying to prepare myself for the worst things that could happen. I'm trying to relax.
My counselor made me realize that I really never relax completely. Art is fun, but there is still the bit of "what if this isn't good, what if it looks dumb," even with the most simple of doodles. Exercise is great, but even if my body isn't fighting with me as it is now, there is always the "I need to do better. I need to get faster/stronger," yelling in my head.

At least I'm not anxious about forgetting to blog,

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Comebacks are Hard

Not even like, sports comebacks where your body has to go from fat to fit with crazy endurance. I'm talking comeback to where you used to blog and kind of gave up, but came back because you miss being able to talk. Miss being able to explain and have feelings and show the process.
Tumblr is great at getting art spread quickly and connecting with people, sure. But it's also really great for art theft and doxing- neither of these things are pleasant. Then you have your personal, professional websites. You know, where you try to be proper and hirable with plenty of examples of your work so someone hires you. And deviantart is great for critiques and sharing as well. But it isn't making a 3+ paragraph long post with multiple images and an added little tidbit about your feelings. No, that's what blogging is for. Putting the art and the personal together in one spot, saying exactly what you mean because it's your space. Posting all the art you want, because it's a place for you to display your work, and then look back on it later once you've grown.

So I guess what I'm saying is I want to come back. I know there isn't anyone out there to ask permission from. But at the same time I feel like I have to type this out and make sure that I know it will be hard to get back into the swing of things. And even if not now, eventually my life with pick up and be busy again. But how about we give it another go, for old time's sake?

(p.s. the whole time I've been typing this, the voice in my head has be Scottish. I'll take that as a good sign)