Friday, July 30, 2010

Drawing made fun....

Over at ART we're taking a workshop on The Drawing Lab by Carla Sonheim.....all about creating innovative projects and fun techniques providing a more spontaneous and fun attitude to creating. Even though we are "drawing", the concepts apply to the overall concept of "creating". We all need to be creative.

Here's some of my favourites....

In one exercise we were to create a one eyed monster simply using our imagination...start with drawing one eye and see where it leads us....well this is what I ended up with!

Now this guy below....well I fell in love with him....for some reason he became known to me as Dillon...why I don't know...he just is.....
Another exercise was to study the art of Spanish artist Joan Miro (1893-1982) who was a painter, sculptor and ceramist who was characterized as a surrealist which he probably didn't like. He was my kind of guy because he liked to buck convention tapping into the subconscious with a child-like wonderment. Here I used the alphabet for elements in the sketch and then tying them together with a few lines. I like this Miro guy!
Then we went tripping over to visit Picasso (1881-1973) best known for being the founder of the Cubist (avant garde) movement .....he's also a favourite artist of mine....another outside the box thinker. In this simple exercise we were to create an abstract dog and we all know how much I love my dogs! Start with an eye, nose, paw and tail...and yes the exercise result was to be "strange"!
As Carla explains, practicing realism is important even if we don't want to pursue realism in our art. With that in mind, we were to draw an eye.

We also were to study Dr Seuss and as much as I read all his books as a child spending endless hours in the library, I discovered I didn't enjoy sketching using his style. It just didn't appeal to me.

Soooo a fun workshop exploring various styles and adding our own twist on the true meaning of "fun"! You can view the rest of my sketches here.


  1. I didn't realize you were following along with us ... I love your Miro! What a great way to start, with the alphabet! I liked seeing your take on the exercises.

  2. I really like your take on Miro. I like your monster. He almost looks ceramic. Dillon is cute too. I didn't take the workshop but I did buy the book. I'll have to work at it soon.

  3. Looks like you are exploring a great deal of your creative side. I'm really enjoying the Drawing Lab over on ART too. I have to get a picture of my One eyed Monster. I drew it last night while we were in the park downtown listening to the band QuarterFlash! I figured out that I really liked playing around with dr. Seuss and really didn't have as much fun with the Miro lab. I love that we all come to this with different abilities and experiences and feel free to share our successes and the labs that give us trouble or that we just didn't like. :)

  4. Isn't it interesting how attached we get to our creations? I can see that Dillon has become a friend of yours and I can understand why! And I found your placement of the Miro symbols quite interesting and pleasing. I feel like this book has been a perfect "summer fun" activity for all of us.

  5. Wow great work look like a lot of fun thanks for sharing!