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First design project of the year

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You can skip to the moral of the story: Always correct errors when you notice them, even if you think they’re minor.


Brushes courtesy of Obsidian Dawn, KnockStock. Vectors from Vintage Vectors.

BY THE WAY if you’re interested in buying tickets, there is a $36 tier as well.

There is a print edition of the poster, which features borders, and an IM display picture, which is just the main design element compressed, with text re-set in the box.

The first note of the line of music makes me cringe though, was a careless error with brushes that I couldn’t be bothered to change. Now it’s going to bother me every time I see it, argh.

Moral of the story: Always correct errors when you notice them, even if you think they’re minor.


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March 18, 2010 at 4:41 pm

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You have this great idea (or even a not-so-great idea, but it would probably look good) and set out excitedly to draw it, only to discover to your eternal disappointment ten minutes later that your drawing sucks too much and you can’t realize the vision in your mind.

What should you do then? The options are limited:

  1. Give up completely
  2. Write down the idea and hope you’ll remember it one day when your skills have reached the desired level of leetness
  3. Just do it anyway, but hide it in a deep dark corner of your hard drive/closet so no one ever sees the evil that you have brought into this world

#1 is what I end up doing 90% of the time. #2 hardly ever happens – it’s usually the other way around, with me writing down some idea and getting all excited about it again when I re-read the concept at home. And then I go back to #1.

#3 seems to be the choice that will actually help you on your way to attaining your goal of being able to realize whatever cool ideas you have though. But it’s so very hard to do. Sigh.

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March 13, 2010 at 10:13 pm

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Museums of Failed Art

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There should be a Museum of Failed Art. It would exhibit all the terrible art that would have ended up in trash bins and garbage cans, lost and unknown to the public. My museum would give a true picture of the artist’s life, and provide much consolation to fellow artists.

R. O. Blechman, Dear James

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March 9, 2010 at 4:15 pm

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Figure Drawing #4

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Can’t be bothered to do cuts. Anyway, this is an art blog, so it is right and proper that some nudes should pop up once in a while.

This session was about value: start with a light-valued ground, and then build up the form using values.Vine charcoal gives a lighter tone but smudges very nicely, so I used it most of the time, but compressed (medium) charcoal was used to black in the darkest shadows.

As usual, I put too much emphasis on line – I can’t detach myself from line, it seems: I do the same with my paintings. Too much influence from an Ingres quote I saw when I was 13?

Draw lines, young man, many lines; from memory or from nature-it is in this way that you will become a good artist.

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

and this too:

A thing well drawn is always adequately painted.

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

So, anyway, the point was that charcoal is great for value drawings and that your kneaded eraser can be used to draw. Unfortunately my eraser was dirty as hell and couldn’t lift out much charcoal anyway (perhaps also because the paper ate the charcoal).

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The first drawing of the lot. I tried to start by drawing the contour of the entire form, and you can see where I went really off – the shape on the right, for example, was the original position for her foot and the cloth. I’m not very good at drawing the entire form in one go, because this deprives me of a unit of reference. I guess that’s why drawings get more accurate the longer you draw: you are more able to consider if the relationships between objects in your drawing match what you see.

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Drawing is about relationships, then.

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35 minutes, “cannot make it” – this was the last drawing of the session. I finished early, so kept reworking her back (overworking a bit, I think).

All the proportions of my figures were quite off in this session. I think I was somewhat thrown off course by the notion of not having lines, heh.

Note to self: I need to buy fixative!

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March 1, 2010 at 1:11 pm