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Christmas in July

I wouldn’t exactly say that I haven’t done anything this summer.  In fact, I wouldn’t exactly say that I haven’t done anything this summer at all!

However, due to the extreme temperatures of Tempe in July, most of what I have done begins with “Well, I left” and ends with “then I came back”.

I have done a lot of art related things, but most of them were constrained to thoughts and ideas.  Big ideas, extravagant ideas, things I couldn’t possibly share with you today.

So that I won’t go back to school for my final semester in a little under a month completely rusty, I was able to try my hand at drawing.  Behold, the first stage!


Also, beware (and also attend) The Second Annual Ignominious Film Gala, which is happening Sunday, July 31st from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and is located at Ultra Star Cinemas – Pavillions, at 9090 East Indian Bend Road in Scottsdale, AZ.  Tickets are only seven dollars.  I feel like mentioning this because I am in some of the excellent movies featured, and I will be hosting the event.


Cinco de Mayo

Change of plans.  I know, I usually update on a Friday, or on a Wednesday, or on a Monday, but I don’t know what will happen to me tomorrow, Seis de Mayo.  My sister and I will go see Thor, which I am excited about.  I don’t care too much if it’s a good movie or a bad movie because it will be a fun movie, which may mean it’s a good movie.  If that is true, Cabin Boy is a good movie.  Starship Troopers is a good movie.  Ghost Rider is a great movie.  Yeah, it must be true.

Anyway, I don’t know how long I’ll be away from a computer tomorrow, and I have a bunch of things to show you, so this may take a while.  That’s why I’m doing it today.  I used my sister’s camera for these, which looked really nice when I took them, but they are only about 20% the size of my other pictures.  Just keep in mind that these aren’t actually grainy, for the most part.

First is my drawing class.  You’ll possibly recall the Oxbow River drawing I posted previously.  You know what, I’ll just post it again to refresh your memory.

Oxbow 1

That was first in a series, and the series was my final project.

Oxbow 2

This one was a bit bigger, and more blue.  I should have made a support for it, but luckily it was on somewhat heavy paper.

Oxbow 3

This one is more about the water in the river, as opposed to the river itself.  Ironically, as the area of these drawings increased dramatically (the last drawing is nearly twice the size of the first), the length decreased.  The first one is 90 inches long, the second one is 88 inches long, and the second one is 78 inches long.  I mean, I’m only 72 inches long, so that’s still pretty big.  It turns out I like rectangles that are almost squares.  Squares are kinda boring though.  If only there was some mathematically sound ratio that says how long each side should be.  That would be golden.

All right, on to life drawing.  I spent four class periods on this, so it should be really good, right?  Yeah!

Mojo Mix

Before, the additional piece of paper was behind the ‘main’ drawing, but the cut off point was at such an awkward place on the face, so I put it in front.  It didn’t hurt that I liked that face a lot more than the first one I drew.  I am liking the potential these pastel drawings have, I suppose I’ll have to do more next semester.  It is called Mojo Mix because the model was eating Mojo Mix during the breaks.  She likes Mojo Mix very much and suggested it be called Mojo Mix because of how delicious Mojo Mix is.  She warned against confusing it with Magic Mojo Mix (cocktail), which can only be made in some sort of spittoon.

Finally, we come to ceramics.  My aunt and uncle are trying to set up a studio space in their new house, and that would be totally awesome, especially now that I don’t loathe the things I’m making.  It would be a bummer to have to start from scratch in August.

This little guy is pretty nice, but the liner inside didn’t stick for some reason, so there are tiny shards of glass all over the place.  I was going to use it to store juice powder, but I probably won’t now on account of all the glass all over the place.

This little fellow turned out great, aside from the small crack in the lid and the fact that the lid and the body fused together.  I’m sure the liner looks perfect though.

I don’t know what this guy is, except heavy.  So I guess it turned out better than expected.  Maybe it’s a flower vase.  When in doubt, stick a flower in it.

We needed to make pitchers a long time ago, so I made them now.  They look like they’ll be alright, I’m crossing my fingers.

I’m getting better at throwing large, and I hope to explore drawing on pots.  That would combine drawing and pots.

I’ve started with sgraffito, which gives me some nice designs, and I’d like to take it further.

Sometimes pots blow up in the kiln, which I would prefer to not happen.

Maybe I shouldn’t have ended on the blown up one.

Ask and ye shall receive.

Good news everyone!  You know what comes with good news though.

Bad news.  We only did five gestures on Monday instead of more than five like we usually do, and then we didn’t even do any on Wednesday!  Here are the ones I did do on Monday.

I went back to play with Walnut Ink, which I hoped to explore further, but that didn’t happen.

I have some pictures of my ceramic stuff, yay!

On one side is a cup I threw at the beginning of the semester.  On the other side is a cup I threw last week.  I forget which side is which.

Only three of these guys survived the trimming process.  I’m reminded of the scene from Tommy Boy (about 1:19 in), except instead of a sale, it’s an untrimmed pot, and instead of Chris Farley, it’s me.

And I made some teapots:

I got some stuff glazed too!

Oh right, the good news.  I mentioned last week that I’d like more time on my long poses now that I’m doing them in full 360 Degree (TM) Color*.  This pose we’re doing at the moment will be four classes long!  I’m taking my time trying to get it right.

First period (1/4):

Second period (1/2):

Happy Easter everyone!

*there may be such a thing as 360 Degree (TM) Color, but as far as I know, I just made it up just now and it doesn’t mean anything special.

I’ll (try to) be brief.

It’s nearing the end of the semester and you know what that means!  Luckily as an art student taking only studio classes, it doesn’t mean final tests or quizzes or anything like that.  Unfortunately as an art student taking only studio classes, it does mean final projects.  Most of the time when there is this much stuff for me to do, I always feel like I should be using my time differently.  Apparently that also applies to updating my blog.  I haven’t taken any pictures of my ceramics lately, and I don’t have any pictures from my drawing class.  I do have some from my life drawing class, so I’ll show you that and hope that it’s good enough for now.

In my Life Drawing class, my classmates have started playing games that involve making up stories for my gesture drawings, then changing the orientation and making up a new story.  I think that’s a pretty neat little game, as it helps to introduce a little 4-D into the drawing.  I’ve continued the use of the other pen with the slightly wider nib.  I think I’ll venture to say that I like it more.



They are looking pretty fun to me.  My pastel drawing this week however, does NOT look fun.  It looks painful, but as is the case with pastels, I think a few more hours of work on it can save it.  The shapes are pretty good, except for the fact that it’s a bit top heavy, wouldn’t you agree?


Magic Carpet Ride


Magic Carpet Ride

It’s a little less top heavy now, but I’m tempted to lop off  the bottom quarter of it.

This took about as long, I think most of the time is getting the images converted.  Oh well.  Have a good week everyone!

Just in time for Easter!

Pastels!  Chalk pastels, that is.  Being an artist (or in art school anyway), I tend to forget the association most people have with pastels.  When Average Joe hears the word, he thinks of a color scheme rather than a medium.  He thinks of light purples and robin egg greens and sky blues and images as sweet as Marshmallow Peeps.  It’s sometimes easy to forget that pastel is not a color.  It is a medium, a catalyst.  Similar to the psychic who talks to your dead relatives for you.

Why do I bring this up?  Excellent question!  I bring it up because from here on out I would like to further explore color in my drawings.  I will accomplish this using a variety of mediums, including but not limited to, you guessed it, pastels!


This drawing marks the first in a series of river themed drawings I’m going to be doing for my drawing class.  I think it’s only a series of three, but that’s probably for the best since I can’t imagine doing too many of these as it is.  I am trying to get away from my representational style of drawing.  Not too bad, right?

In life drawing again, my gestures turned out well enough.  At some point over the weekend, my bottle of ink overturned and dried out a bit, so it was probably too thick to be drawing with on Monday, so it gave me a few problems.  All in all, the drawings came out… Well, they came out.

I added some water to the ink right after class on Monday so that I wouldn’t forget.  I know I do that a bunch, so I try to correct for it sometimes when I remember to.  I was in a rush on Wednesday, so I hastily grabbed a slightly different pen than the one I’m accustomed to, and I think I like the results.  See for yourself:

As you can see, this pen held more ink in the nib, and that allowed me to pay more attention to the model and less attention to whether I was actually making a mark or just scratching the paper, which I guess is kind of a mark, huh?  Also, this pen was a bit wider at the tip, which allowed for a more calligraphic line that I can as of now only control a little sometimes.  Oh well, I’ll have to work on that I guess.

My yearning to work in pastels has carried over to my long poses as well.  This being my first attempt, the result is raw but shows promise.  It was only a two day pose, and I intended to work on it more today, but I can only say that happened if today happens to be opposite day.



This piece is very raw, as it seems pastel can take some getting used to.  One of the main this piece is missing is a witty title.  Feel free to submit your thoughts, dear readers.

Productive day?

Kind of, yes.  I know I missed the prime time for anyone to read this, but I’ve been at school all day doing… important things!  First, here’s what I threw yesterday.

A pretty good throwing day, if I do say so myself, which I did.  Today, I had to trim them and stick handles on the cups (One is a bowl.  Can you guess which one?), which I did:

Not bad, considering I don’t like pulling handles.  I would even go so far as to say that those mugs don’t look like someone with terrible coordination.  Now, if you saw me in the act of pulling, it would be pretty apparent.

Next, I headed upstairs to work on some drawings.

Bone Petals

This little guy you’ve seen before, but you won’t see it again here unless I choose to put it up here again.  That’s right, it’s finished!  Now, there are two reasons I say that.  1) I’m done working on it.  2)  Ok, there was just one reason I guess.

This one I messed up and took a picture of it before I worked on it for a few hours.


Now it looks almost exactly the same.  This drawing was inspired by oxbow rivers and oxbow lakes.  I don’t think it’s a bad drawing, it’s actually pretty pretty.  Here’s hoping it stays that way.

First Sara

Today was very unproductive for me, I played some online chess, and lost most of the time.  The more I played, the more I lost, and the more I lost, the angrier I got and the worse my game got.  It wasn’t the best cycle to get into.

But hey, I did work on drawing a little.  My reproduction of Degas’ drawing using Nupastels was fun for me, but I also got some of these wacky Conte Colouring Crayons, which I figured had to be fancy because they put a ‘u’ in coloring.  Having done more research, it appears they also make pastels, which I have never seen in a store, but can probably special order them, provided I ever actually try.  I am far from done experimenting with the crayons (or the Nupastels, for that matter), but some differences have already made themselves known.  The crayons don’t seem as opaque as the pastels.  They smear, but not as much.  They seem to erase partially, which is nice since you can’t just lay white on top of them again.  At any rate, here is this, a drawing of miss Sara King.  Come, let’s see what happens.

Sara K. King

There are parts of this drawing I’m really looking forward to.  Sara is wearing a lovely white dress with a intricate pattern on the front that I have not even begun to attempt.