I wasn’t able to attend the usual Friday night portrait session at the studio this week. Instead, I visited a friend’s gallery opening.
The event was called “A Sense of Place” and it took place at Light Grey Art Lab (http://lightgreyartlab.com/). Check it out. They run their shows a little differently. Artists submit their portfolios. For each show, the curators organize around a theme, then choose artists from their stable of contributors, and ‘commission’ original works for the show.
This time around, the spectacular exhibit was accompanied by a lovely coffee-table book as well featuring all of the “place” themed works. Among the many beautiful pieces, one of the most notable was a large, interesting piece by an illustrator I follow; Sam Bosma (http://www.sbosma.com/).
I have been working on my own picture with a strong sense of place. It’s far from finished, but it seemed time to air it and show you all a little bit of what I’ve been up to lately:
The plan is to include one or more figures on the staircase. I’m pretty pleased with the way it’s shaping up so far.
Last night, however, I worked on another little piece just for fun:
It was inspired by an odd photo I came across. I took the advice of a brilliant blogger-friend, Elena Encaravela, and distorted my original drawing to achieve an elongated look which I then continued to fine tune just a bit. It’s just a sketch, but a fun exercise.
The most time was spent on the mouth. I’m trying to get a better handle on the delicately undulating planes of the lips and area around them. This is a step in the right direction.
There’s plenty more in the works, so keep checking back… and send your constructive criticism, too… I can handle it.