Friday, May 25, 2012

What's In My Sketchbook?

It is raining dog and shit and cold here in Melbourne.  Usually I would feel cranky but wow ... somehow I'm feeling a bit playful!  Hmm ... something's seriously wrong, hahaha!

Anyway the playful ME decided this is no time for serious finished drawing / painting work.  I'm going to cheat a little by just showing you one of my drawing exercises. (Apologize of the glare in the pix.)


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The exercise is prescribed by Matthew Archambault from Drawing Tutorials Online (DTO)- a wonderful place to learn about figure drawing.  As it is Matt's teaching method, I won't be telling you exactly what we are doing.  The only thing I'm going to tell you is that it is all about hand eye co-ordination.  (Oh, and just so you know, this is my 2nd try with DTO.  Not that there was anything wrong with them the 1st time.  It was ME who took up more than I could handle the first round.)

After about 2 years of self-taught myself to draw and paint, I have gained lots of insight of my creative preferences, directions and goals.  I think it is time to give myself a challenge, I mean A Challenge.  So apart from joining DTO, I also joined its sister site, Painting Tutorial Online (PTO), to learn about oil painting.

During this learning period, I hope that I could still keep up with my weekly (or more like biweekly) sketchbook pages here.  Not sure if I'll be ready to post any oil painting study / exercise here yet.  We'll see how things go.

So, my dear fellow creatives, wish me luck!

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ME and My Boy! ;)

Cheers and have a fantastic weekend! xxoo

(The sketch is also for Paint Party Friday - hosted by Eva and Kristin.  All are welcomed!  Do join in to share and support each other!)

20 comments:

NatashaMay said...

Aren't you a busy bee! :) So good you're learning new things and I love your photo of you and your Boy. :)

Netty said...

Loving your photo and your sketch exercises. Happy PPF, Annette x

Pointy Pix said...

I love the photo of you and your boy!! What a fantastic skull!

I think it's great that you are challenging yourself and that you're taking on online courses - I have so much to learn but just can't seem to find the time to do anything more than I'm already doing. I can't wait to see your oil paintings as that will be such a departure from your work to date!

Denise Mulligan said...

Oh, I get Matt's posts sent to me by email. He lives near where I live. I wish I could take a live class but he only teaches in SVA in NYC. Which is close by train but too much darn trouble for me to get there.

I was considering his online course. I'll keep checking back to see if you like the class.

You've accomplished a great deal as a self taught artist. I'm sure the online course will only make you even better!

Oh, and I like your bony friend.

Marji {RainCityGirl} said...

Great goals! DTO and PTO sound fabulous and such good learning for you. Can't wait to see what comes of this. Happy PPF

Lynn said...

Interesting exercise and your photo is lovely, you are definitely heads over the "boy" in beauty though...but he does have some nice curves to be redeemable.

Tammie Lee said...

wonderful to read about your enthusiasm to practice and learn. wishing you a grand time.

Kristin said...

Oil painting!? Wow, what a wonderful adventure! I do wish you luck and hope to see some of it here, xo

minnemie said...

Ooo, thanks for sharing that site!

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

poor you with the weather... it is even cold in Brisbane so you know there is a cold spell happening when even we are cold up here... love the skull pic and hope you get back to blogging more soon so we can see your progress... thanks for sharing those sites though...xx

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

haiku (for you)

wishing you luck now
enhancing learning drawing
practice, practice, win.

^_^

Giggles said...

Good for you! It's hard to keep all the balls in the air while doing an art course!! Thanks for sharing!! Love your humor!!

Hugs Giggles

Mandy said...

smooth lines and really looking forward to what you are going to do with it...it's wonderful you are teaching yourself even with the online courses you are self motivated....love your buddy too...lol...xxx

Simona Cordara said...

WOw! Your boy is very skinny!! :))
I'm really curious about that drawing course.... :)

Melisa said...

It's you! It's good to be able to put a face to your blog, now. I have to say, you're a lot better looking than your boy there, LOL. Can't wait to see what you do with the oils. I know it will be wonderful.

kristin maynes said...

Wow, sounds like you have a lot going on. I'm checking out DTO and PTO..I might sign up too.

Cameron said...

I just love your thirst for knowledge! Oh, and the snazzy pic of you!! Perfect :)

Diana Evans said...

oh wow!!!! you are so busy and creative!!! wonderful to read all about it and I love your photo!!!

Tracey Potter said...

Hybrid, All the best with your goals and your journey into discovering OILS. Happy PPF xx

Elisa Choi said...

A great challenge indeed. I'm proud of you for trying new things and learning new things. I'll be seeing your experiments! Great looking with your boy:)