After putting together a new canvas and priming it with a good layer of white and light brown, I could start sketching in the basic shapes of the composition. It’s moments like these that you realize that scale can really make a difference: It was easier for me to draw the paper sketch than to draw the shapes on a large canvas. It was particulary hard to get the proportions of the little girl right, and even now, I might redo them.
Sketches are like foundations: nobody sees them, but if you get them wrong, the whole thing is wrong. In a way, I guess that life is also like that. So don’t mess with those foundations, get them right. Be it practicing your skills or treating the staff at a grocery store with respect: They may be in the background, but their success is also your success, and also mine.
I have a commission for a set of creation-themed illustrations. Since I have a rough idea what the layout and style will be, I have started doing some more detailed study sketches of animals. After all, what creation is complete without animals?
(Sorry for the poor image quality, the lighting was not that great when I took the photos)
I will be exhibiting part of my work for the diploma exam next Wednesday, and we are into step 3: emptying out the room (step 1: make the art, step 2: start advertisement). The room should be ready to arrange tomorrow. But I already narrowed down the selection of works I will be showing. It will be a collection of paintings, sketches and objects.
“Emptying out the room” is more work than one might think, and in some cases even dangerous: One of the graduate students was moving a portable wall with some teachers. There were 2 walls screwed together and when one of them was moved, the other almost fell on them. They luckily were able to stop and unscrew the walls, and nobody got hurt. But that was a little shocker! Lesson learned: Properly secure or un-secure the things you are about to move!
Have you ever had scary moments during a move/transport? What’s your most dreaded part of clean-up/renovation? Leave a comment if you like, and have a great day!