Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Challenge 1 & 2 and Iris shoots
I've been busy this week, trying to get tax stuff together (blah!) and doing a small commission for one of my students. I wasn't getting anything done but thinking about it, so I decided I wouldn't check my mail until I finished a weekly challenge because every time I heard the little ping from my 'puter, I'd amble on over there and I was using it as a distraction. So, I sat down and spent about an hour and a half doing the sketch. I combined challenges 1 & 2 for a very good reason. This lamp is one heavy industrial deal. It doesn't look like much except a regular desk lamp, but when you pick it up, if you're not ready, gravity takes over quick! Anywayz, when I was still working at the printing company, one of the guys and I became fast friends. We had a lot of things in common; odd family members, we both enjoyed biking (he was more of a roadie), and we both loved bananas. The desk lamp was his and before he would peel his banana, he would take the sticker off of it and place it on the lamp. So, that's what all the little ovals and circles are in the sketch. Sometimes we'd have apples instead, but being into biking, bananas were good because of the potassium in them. I got laid off first, and then lost touch with my friend, so I don't know where he is anymore or how he's doing. I hope he's healthy and still riding. The shoes in the sketch under the lamp are my clipless riding shoes. They are a bit banged up. I didn't notice until I was scanning this that I never put the shadow under the second shoe, but I kinda like that unfinished look. I've always wanted to do this lamp as a close up in color pencil so I can show the stickers in all their colorful glory. Maybe this is the beginning of the finished piece, I don't know. But, that's why it's called Ode to Steve. Everytime I look at that lamp, I think of him.
I couldn't draw my iris sprouts last week because of the rain, but I got out there on Monday morning and sketched them. I almost forgot about sketching them, and when I did I was going to blow it off, but I made a promise to myself I would do this, and so I am going to follow through. Draw something every week I'm hoping will grow into draw something every day. I'm learning to manage my time better, so we'll see. And now, I have other things to do, so I'm going! Au Revoir!