I’ve been talking about going to some life drawing sessions for a while now but the schedule has never really worked out. I was finally able to check out the Jankura art space near Itaewon last night. Tristan and I went together to check it out and it was nice to bust out the sketchbooks and try out our rusty skills again. It’s been years since I’ve tried to draw properly like that, with a model. I definitely look forward to going again.
A few months ago one of the staff at my school, Dr. Song, requested that I draw his portrait. I get this request a lot and usually people never actually follow through, but sure enough he brought me a photograph to draw from.
To be honest I am not really fond of doing work on request. I usually forget, procrastinate, have no inspiration and then never get around to it. Then so much time goes by that I feel guilty, start avoiding the person, etc. But Dr. Song is very persistant! He asks me every time he sees me how it’s coming along, to the degree that I started to try to avoid running into him. So today I finally got it done, out of the way, and I can face him again. I realized drawing this picture that it’s so much easier to draw adults than children. There is so much character in an older person’s face, wrinkles and angles. Kids are just big soft blank spaces with no shadows or distinction! I really wanted to draw portraits of my students but they never look enough like the kid to give to the parents.
Anyway, I learned a valuable lesson to never make promises I can’t keep. I always tend to say “of course!” when people ask me to do things for them. At the time I think “that’s not hard at all” and “that will take no time,” but I always forget that I hate doing it.
I’ve been doing some new ballpoint pen drawings, and thought I’d upload a couple that I’m pretty happy with. I always start out wanting to do something really loose and stylized, but I get way into the details and things end up much more realistic than I originally intended.
The image on the left is a character concept I’m working on, and the one on the right is just a silly character I made up– was mostly focusing on the anatomy in a bodysuit. I tend to draw stylized, skinny women most of the time (though I probably don’t have many of those drawings up on here), so I wanted to draw a new bodytype.
So I’m officially finished with the last class in my undergraduate career. Last Thursday was the exam period for my 2-D design class, and we put on a small show in the gallery at Hanes Art Center. For the final project, as I mentioned before, we could do pretty much anything we wanted to do– it just had to be a series of some sort. I thought I’d post a few pictures of my project and our final exhibition.
What I did was draw the face and hands of the image with a brush and ink (just calligraphy ink) on matteboard. Then I layered cut colored paper to create the hanbok (한복), traditional Korean dress for women. The elaborate hairstyles are taken from old Korean paintings of women. I tried to emulate the traditional painting style for the faces and rendering of the hair. It turned out to be a nice fusion of different drawing styles. I also drew on top of the colored paper after I glued it on the board, so that it wouldn’t stand out too much form the drawing.
It’s been ages since I’ve updated- apologies! I tend to post when I have new work to show, but I haven’t been doing anything worth putting in my portfolio. I am taking a summer course in 2-D design right now, my last class as an undergraduate student. It’s actually a prerequisite for all the other studio art courses but I never took it, and now I’m stuck going back… The class itself is fine, but it’s definitely back-to-bases. We’ve done a lot of studies but no actual pieces yet. However, for the final project I’m working on a series of 6 images that I hope to hang in the apartment when they’re done. I’m using brush-and-ink to mimic the traditional Korean painting style from the Joseun (조선) period. All six are images of women in 한복, traditional Korean clothing for women. I’m drawing the elaborate hairstyles and everything! For the gowns I’m using patterned scrap-booking paper to create the look of fancy fabric. For now I only have the drawing portion done, but I’ll get some scans up when I’ve made some headway.