Thursday, May 18, 2006
Learning to draw
I've finally decided what it is I want to do when I grow up, which basically boils down to getting serious about making corsetry & costumes for everyday fabulous people. To that end I've chosen a couple of courses I'd like to do over the next few years to refine my totally self taught skills in design & construction of wearable confections.
If you're at all interested in them, the course details are here http://www.cae.edu.au/?infosection=visualarts&infopage=accessvisual and here http://www.gordontafe.edu.au/index.cfm?action=6&secAction=4&terAction=1&Search_Action=display&Search_courseID=411&Search_CourseType=SC
I'm hoping to do the visual arts one in the second half of this year & the Clothing Construction next year (perhaps going on to complete the three year course-who knows).
To this end I thought having some actual training in drawing might help in putting together a portfolio for applying to said courses, so that's what my last few Monday evenings have been. The pictures above are from my first three classes; they're slightly fuzzy since they're actually digital photos of A2 size work. The Wombok leaves, emu egg & bowl of seedpods is in ink, the figurine, emu egg & bowl in charcol & the lemon reamer & plastic strainer in 6b pencil (that one's a scan of the A4 original).
I found the ink really hard to control, especially on an easel where it kept responding to the forces of gravity in annoyingly messy ways! But it's all fun & I'm learning heaps surprisingly quickly. -I'm particularly pleased with the reamer since it actually looks like the real one & has that solid, plasticy look to it.