I'm calling this done. I'll experiment with my next portrait. This one needs to be dried and framed in time for her birthday.
As a side note, what I like best about this portrait is that it is a
total contrast to what my niece is usually like. She's a chatter box and
has a constant smile on her face. This one moment is one of those rare
times she's not that.
Another sketching session at the Toronto School of Art. I thought I'd continue doing the three hour pose as I did last week. However, tonight's model was a fidgeter and it was quite frustrating trying to get her down on paper. I actually found sketching one of my fellow sketchers to be more productive (the top page).
Fortunately, in the short pose room, there was an awesome model and she salvaged the night for me. I did this 20 min. sketch as the last one for the night. Apparently she'll be the long model pose next week.... I'm there!
It's been a while since
I've been to Venezia Bakery on Ossington. The last sketch of the Bakery can be seen here (WOW! that was 6 years ago!). It's one of the last few hold
outs on this strip where posh, hipster cafes, bars and galleries have
taken over. It's run by an older Portuguese couple and they have
definitely made their presence known in the shop. The lady of the
business is loud, shrill and friendly and talks to her Portuguese
clientele without paying heed to how long the line up is… that's what
her daughter is for. I loved it and actually got a pat on the back from
her when I was drawing this. I'll be sure to visit again.
I spent three wonderful hours sketching this model at the TSA
open figure drawing class tonight. This is my second time drawing her
and by far she is the best model I drawn at these sessions. Steady as a
On a technical note, sketching a 3 hour pose in pen
seemed a lot like painting with watercolours. Every move had to be
planned in advance or else the drawing as a whole wouldn't look right. I
think I'll live on the edge again next week.
I was travel east on the Bloor line and there was only two stops left. Amazingly there were three people sleeping around me. I felt like a kid in a candy shop and I couldn't decide who to sketch. So I decided on the lady in front of me. I hope it happens again.
Dufferin Mall mall rats. Seen at the food court. I've noticed that when I sketch the older demographic and when they notice what I'm doing, they don't care. They just keep on doing what they were doing. Like this gentleman here. Thank you sir for not freaking out.
Its been a while since I've been to a figure drawing class. Tonight I decided to change that stat and went to the open figure drawing class at the Toronto School of Art. The session lasted 3 hours, with some breaks sprinkled amongst the 3 hours. All the poses were 10 and 15 minutes. Great length to just get down the essentials. I'll be sure go to the next one.
The last spread of the evening. The drawing on the left is my favourite from the evening, nice and loose.
I decided to walk west on Bloor. Just walk. I stopped off at the Runnymede Library for the first time and spent most of my time there. A lot of mucked spreads but I managed to salvage two, the two I've uploaded here. My next stop was to get a coffee and of course, some sketching. I was looking for a non franchise coffee house that had something that piqued my drawing interest. The Coffee Tree fit those criteria.
I've been to the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair for the last few years now and as a city person, it's great to see live stock other than raccoons and squirrels. Plus the cattle and pigs don't move as much and they make for great models.
In my current art practice, I am exploring the subtitles of oil paints, particularly within the the realm of portraiture.
My focus is on the human face because that's what we all see everyday. It's there ripe for the picking.