Monday, 24 November 2014

Sketching and Doodling: Joy and Peace

In the first place, I wanted to sketch my new teapot. Yet I found it a bit "plain"...

Inspired by the books Playing With Sketches and Creative Lettering, I decided to take a step further. I drew the teapot again. This time, I doodled some lovely images and applied water color on the teapot. I cut it out, re-arranged it making it look like a patten of teapots. Then I doodled the letters.

I used soft oil pastel (Portfolio) to create the shadows. I really love the effect of "burn marks" :)

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Automation Drawing

This is Exercise 09 about automatic drawing. I found a junk mail and chose letter "o" as the connecting letter. Then I connected every "o" on the page by using various line formats such as straight line, curve line, dotted line, angled line... To take a step further, I tried out a new color palette from a tissue package. Though eventually I found out that the colours just did not speak to me, I discerned a figure from the pattern (with just one or two lines added) and drew an explorer admiring a cave of fanciful gems. A happy surprise!

Friday, 21 November 2014

Collage (Additive drawing): Let's Tea

This is Exercise 08 in Playing With Sketches. The background was made with English texts placed vertically instead of horizontally. It looks like the Chinese texts in Taiwanese books. I like it! I also like the little detail of the raised pinky and the blue dots which 'tie up' the two pages. The collage looks simple yet it took me about one and a half hours to complete it from scratch. Yet I enjoy the process.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Collage: Make Your Own Mark

Technique: Etrecissement (reducing drawing with paper)
Source: Whitney Sherman "Playing with Sketches" - Exercise 7

I am happy that I have created this vibrant image with three layers:)

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Empathy Monster

Medium: acrylic, water soluble oil pastel, gel pens, markers, Japanese art paper and upcycled papers

Learning and adapted from Tam, I created my 2D version Empathy Monster. I plan to sew a 3D version:)