Sketchbook pages 4, more

Pencildrawing on A2, my torso:

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I am not very happy with this drawing, the pose is stiff and the skin got too dark.

Coloured pencils on A2:

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I like this second version much better- the perspective is more interesting and the colour adds some life.


Experiment inspired by Richard Hambleton‘s shadow figures:

Here I experiment on A3, with black ink, trying out the moving figure with quick rough brushstrokes:

I really didn’t expect this would be as difficult as it was. First of all it is not as quick as it looks.  Very few of the figures look good and they all got too skinny. I really have to learn to draw fatter, I just realized that is another pattern. I think one little circumstance that limited me is the tiny tidy space in my partner’s bedroom I am working in now. I managed to splatter red ink on the walls for the X ray pictures I posted in the last Sketchbook section, so I am super careful now. It is probably just a bad excuse, but it does feel limiting to have to be careful.

I drew the two last pictures, A4 in womb like ovals, and they are the part of the experiment that I like the most- the contrast between the wild movement and the womb.


Frustration, oil pastel A4:

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More oil pastel on black A4

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Limbs A4
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Blue day, A3 , colour pencil:

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Oil pastels in black A4 sketchbook:

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More oil pastels on black A4:

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An experiment inspired by Egon Schiele after writing about his work in the research section:

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I really admire the work of Egon Schiele, and this is nothing even remotely similar… but I really enjoy exploring artists by drawing inspired by their work.


Andre on black A4, oil pastel

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A4 colored pencils:

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Sketchbook pages 4 continued

After a short stop over in London, I am sketching on a London- Lisbon flight:

Sandwichbox mermaid:

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Andre reading ( I was playing around with some kids stamps on the background first, A4)

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I practice yoga every day, and wanted to explore some yogaposes through drawing. I chose to start with Kapotasana- a deep backbend that brings out a lot of fear and other deeply stored emotions.

I started by a drawing in watercolors on A3:

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This all got too cute and boring. So then I cut out the figure.

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And pasted it on a newspaper, adding ink.

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This is a second attempt at the pose, in ink and watercolor on A3, it got rather creepy. Although I did not plan it this time it reminds me of Tracey Emin’s paintings.

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I then chose colored pencils on a black A4 page.

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This is going into the pose and I am very happy with the pose itself here, even if the drawing is not so interesting.

On this larger A2 drawing on black with white Conte sticks and gold pen, I focused on the feeling rising from my chest.

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I got caught up in the intricate patterns of the golden details instead of focusing on the whole composition. I think this would have worked better if the figure and the “fearbird” were in more different sizes, the figure tiny for example and the huge bird rising.


After our first fun sketching session together, my partner Andre offered to pose for me just two times 5 minutes every day for the next few days we will spend together, to monitor a hopefully quick progress.

So this is day 1– two ( strictly!) 5 minute sketches with pencil on A4:

The back view is too square and the proportions “off”, but the front view works better. Lots of room for progress though, so I am curious how this experiment will go.

Day 2:

I am obviously a little disappointed that day 2 is getting worse, not better 😦 especially the back view is disappointing. Will take a look at some back views online too.

Third attempt ( we let a few days slide past there..)

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5 minutes is a very short time, but I think the proportions are really better and the stance is clear.

Again I really struggled with the back view. I took some pictures to extend my (strictly!) 5 minute window… but I am struggling to get this right even from the picture. There is something about those sloping shoulders that is really tricky.


Here I was trying to smear the ink with a sponge to create a sense of speed:

It got kind of brown and messy, but there is something interesting to explore further with the speedlines..

And I finally got around to experimenting with bleach and ink , first creating backgrounds and then continuing playing with inks and bleach.

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Free falling:

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I think I didn’t dilute the bleach enough… The drawings are suspiciously smelling of  public swimming pool and are probably short lived. But definitely something I need to explore more too.


Andre reading on a very small sofa, A4 pencil:

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Andre crosslegged in a chair:

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Breast, colored pencils in black sketchbook A4

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Breast blue ink on A4

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Breast coloured pencils in white sketchbook A4

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A3, hand with watercolour graphite:

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A3, Hand on legs, blue ink:

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A3 Torso, watercolor graphite, helplessness:

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A3 Blue ink, breasts:

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A3 red torso, watercolor graphite:

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A3, view from top, graphite on white:

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Prayer, watercolor A4:

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Isa visiting and sketching Baba the dog while I am sketching her A3, Conte sticks:

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For my research of “underlying structure of the body”, I came across several artists drawing/painting on XRays and tried that out here too:

Coloured pencils on printed XRay:

Acrylics on Xray

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Acrylics on Xray

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Uniball black pen and red ink on printed XRay

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Sketchbook pages Part 4

The human figure is really something I want to sketch. I don’t know how to yet- but I have immediately launched myself into trying and love the process. This time my sketchbook pages are magically filling up without any effort.

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My figures are still very stiff and unproportionate- but practice, practice, practice…

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Kaz by the computer:

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The human figure in movement:

I love how by changing a tiny scribble you can make the figures move and meet and interact… I guess you can say the same about a building – but this is what makes me smile 🙂

White on black :

I am catching moments with the people in my life:

Kaz drinking coffee

I have been wanting to experiment with a phototransfer for a long time and use a picture of a figure standing by the precipice of the rocks.

 

I transfer the picture onto aquarell paper. I prefer the black and white version and want to continue drawing on top with ink. This is the composition I have in mind:

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I will experiment with transparent gesso on top of the photo transfer:

Its was interesting to note that I used the same ink tip for both the gessoed patch and the non gessoed one and the line gets much thicker on the gesso. If I add the gesso on top of the ink it bleeds obviously, but that effect could be used too.

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I am really happy with the outcome of this experiment and definitely want to play more. I also loved drawing the very intricate pattern in ink.

Here I copied the human figure but took off the coat and just continued the ink pattern:

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The I fill in the background with a brush and ink and draw on the rock with white ink.

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Ok, this was great fun and a good reminder why I really want to develop my skills at being able to draw the human figure- so back to that 🙂

Tom in a chair:

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More studies of Tom and some of Daniel.  A figure seated crosslegged in a chair from the front is a really very tricky pose to sketch.

Back home in Bali and sketching Daniel on my sofa:

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Some practice poses from the website lineofaction.com, 5 min each (I tried 2 min- impossible!)

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Wanting to bridge my research and drawing, here i follow Egon Schiele’s marks:

 

I wanted to try combining some imagined patterns with the human figures and used pictures of me doing yogaposes as a base.

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I combined ink and watercolorpencils. I copied photographs here- that’s why the proportions are right:)

This is a picture of Kaz bending forward in pashimottanasana, also from a photograph

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I really enjoyed copying the photographs and think I learn a lot about proportions this way too- so will go on with this.

But here some scribbled poses on brown paper:

And my brother Daniel again:

A Picasso brochure- going back to using some found papers to sketch on

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A cash register strip

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A coconut water label:

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Other side:

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Inspired by the Robert Rauschenberg exhibition I experiment some more with phototransfer- as described in the exhibition I use a pen to rub the pictures. It works very well with newspaper text and magazines, but unfortunately not with photocopies. Will have to look into that, I would like to transfer chosen texts. Todays experiments will be used as a background for something- I love the easy possibility of layering texts and images:


Inspired by Antony Gormley‘s ink drawings on wet, I tried that out today.

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Most of the drawings got rather terrible. I tried varying the amount of water and ink and size of brushes. Here are some cut out pieces that I like :

Things improved when I changed the brush for a thin steel tip ink pen, which gave me much more control:

This is my favorite so far- dynamic movement:

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I will try this again when I am able to draw better proportions and poses, when studying the body in movement.


Today I was looking at the yoga pose Paschimottanasana- expressing humility. I drew my friend Kaz from a photograph and colored it with watercolors.

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Although I am quite happy with how realistic this drawing got and I have never done anything like it before- it is still quite boring as an image. I decided to experiment with some text in Photoshop.

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This doesn’t feel finished, but I definitely like this version better. Still too tame though- it needs a splash of ink or some graffitti- or maybe I am just not really into humility right now 🙂

Some gesturedrawing exercises with Pixelovely:

Here I was trying out something new with another yogapose- ink, watercolour and Uniballpens, but it got rather creepy:

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Ria on her lunchbox:

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Inspired by Tracey Emin

There was a discussion on the OCA drawing thread if Tracey Emin can draw, and whether she would pass at Assessment for Drawing 1. I got curious to explore her drawings more and have written about her art in the research section- “emotions”.

Here I did some ink and watercolour drawings in the style of Tracey Emin, not copying hers but trying to find the same style in my own darkness:

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I am not very familiar with her drawings, only with what I have seen online, but I think especially the two lower ones really captured her style.

I tried using black paper as a start- something I have never seen in her work:

This did not work as well- the figure is swallowed up by the surroundings.

Doing these drawings really helped me get closer to Tracey Emin’s work and win a new appreciation for it. Also I believe it freed me up quite a bit, drawing this loosely.

There is a heavy, dark undertone to many of her subjects- abortion, rape, so I wanted to try out if I could describe a lighter subject with this same visual language. Like some Degas ballerinas:

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Or Olympia by Manet :

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The message has a dark undertone again, this style of drawing  includes something anguished and messy in itself.

This last one reminds me more of Louise Bourgeois, which made me see some similarities between the two artists ( just some umbilical cords and strings missing):

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This was a great experiment. It feels like it really shifted my perception of this style of work to more understanding and seeing the underlying feelings expressed.


Brown paper scribbles:

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A “Madonna and child” goes “David Bowie with child”:

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It was becoming embarassing: at Christmas, I collected the wrappings from the presents, with the idea of sketching on them- and these scrap papers have now travelled around with me for over a month, covering five countries…  finally finally used some of them today!

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Learning figure drawing- female forms, twisting figure etc..

Sketching Ria watching something on the phone, for unbelievable lengths of time:img_4419

And more- 10 min each:

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Scrap paper pink figures:

Papercup running figures:

 

Sketchbook pages 3: REALITY

REALITY! That is my theme for this part of the sketchbook. I really want to get away from daydreaming otherworldly scribbles and learn to sketch reality instead. The result of this decision  turned into a tendency of not touching my sketchbook at all- BUT I am finally back.

Small drawings from a cozy visit to my friend’s house with teacups and Felix the cat:

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A pitcher with flowers on the cafe table:

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Impressions from the drive on E45 Rome- Perugia:

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Felix the cat again- the perfect model! I have never seen a cat move this little 🙂

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Ellen by night

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Inspired by Tina Berning’s‘100GirlsonCheapPaper’, I decided to sketch on all kinds of scratch papers. This is a choice , I was carrying both my big and small sketchbooks around.

It was interesting to feel how much freer and easier it was to scribble whatever on a random piece of paper.

Olivetree:

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Clouds during the flight Stuttgart- Madrid:

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Boarding pass cork trees:

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Boarding pass clouds:

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Inflight paper bag clouds:

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Papertowel clouds (flight Madrid- Lisbon)

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More papertowel clouds:

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Torn fax scribble tree:

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Torn fax poem tree:

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A3 letting pastels flow red trees

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Another A 3 flowerpot and trees in swinging pastel

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Field impressions from autumn Germany

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Bare trees scribble

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Cafe Sunday in Lisbon

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Papertowel fountain Marrakech

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Papertowel Moroccan meal

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Boarding pass Marrakech- Lisbon mosque

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Boardingpass Marrakech peek through the door

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A view from the cliffs off Cascais in orange ink

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Landscape in watercolour graphite

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Housescribbles

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A street view of Evora:

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Houses with trees (just slightly falling off the reality theme here…)

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Sketchbook pages 2

I have started on Part 2 of the course where colour appears and will start carrying some coloured pens and pencils around for my sketchbook.

First colorful doodle:

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Ganesh: I completed the sketch of the Elephant headed God Ganesh- the remover of obstacles for my friend Kaz poem/invocation:

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My yoga mat- a flying carpet , my sweat towel- a magic cape: (here I used a drawing I did during the life drawing class and just let my imagination flow around that.)

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Today I got back the report for Assignment 1, and have committed to sketch more from reality than from otherworldly imagination. Especially I plan to tackle perspective and constantly sketch small corners of rooms I visit . This is something I really want to learn!

But here an idea from this morning: while I drove past the market on my motorbike, the bike before me was fully loaded with two huge green bags with all kind of produce inside, that all became shimmering green. Besides attracting me as an image, because it looked like a giant FLY with the bags as huge wings, it gave me an idea for the Monochrome drawings: any color put in colored plasticbags. I think it could be worth experimenting around once I get to that exercise.

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Tom lying by the pool:

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Trying out sketching white on black paper for the first time:

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And allowing some fantasy with that:

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The world, cubist…:

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Face with eyes:

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I just realized while logging this, that I lost the idea of colours in my doodling sketches- will start carrying some colour pencils again.

Ouch!- still haven’t gotten into the colour sketching :

Growing roots- Samastitihi (equal standing, connecting to Earth):

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Take 2:

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O dear- i think I have completely lost track of wanting to doodle more in colour again! I am about to log some more black and white line drawings. It has actually been a very very long time that I haven’t sketched anything at all. I am torn because I don’t want to sketch otherworldly, but then sketching from nature doesn’t really work out just yet without frustration, so in the end I just don’t sketch anything. Well, anyway just logging some new black liner pen doodling.

Mama:

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Stuck:

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Feelings:

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Me again:

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A path:

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Here I am drawing less detailed drawings with coloured pens:

A day on the beach…

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Line drawings, still life in sitio on the beach:

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Flowers struggling in the dunes:

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The many ways of holding a book:

 

Beyond my toes…

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Inspired by my visit to the Paula Rego Museum yesterday, I took a break from the course work and drew this “Lisbon garden” in oil pastels instead:

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A letter for you:

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How are you now my frozen fear bird?

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My fearbird has become my friend:

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Kapotasana- a whole world of feelings : (Kapotasana is a yoga pose that pushes me to encounter my deepest fears and anxiety and worry and awkwardness and there are just no words to describe how it feels being there, heart ripped open and turned inside out…That tiny figure on the mat is me bending backwards and holding on to my heels)

 

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Kapotasana again:

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Thistle:

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Close up of my flesh:

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Blossoming:

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Surya Namaskara- saluting the sun:

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This is me- I am getting worried- one breast is big and inflamed now, probably time for another check-up:

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And yes- I need to change the pen in my bag, although I love this orange ink, I realize I have only sketched in orange for too long 🙂

Tearbird fear bird- tell me your story:

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I bow down to the lotus feet:

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Lotusfeet:

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I bow down to the lotus feet:

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Leap of faith:

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Merging:

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Birds in my head:

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More esoteric shit :

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Back in Portugal again, and here I draw on a ceramic sardine (of course 🙂 )

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Anger:

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Complicated… delicate and loveable, but complicated.

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Just another angel:

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Threesome:

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Green thoughts:

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Ocean view:

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Eggs ????:

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A pink portrait:

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Just taking a break from my “at home” exercise despair 🙂 and this King (?) appeared. Maybe you can whisper me some secrets about perspective?

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So I committed to sketch from reality instead of this weird doodling, but then to do that I have to really set time apart and focus. Whereas for these sketches, I just let my pen go while waiting in a queue, or while watching a movie or even while taking decisions for my work. They don’t  interfere with my thinking of other things. So here are a few more scary doodles from the past days.. and THEN I promise to catch up with the reality drawings … Really! 🙂

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So : committing to sketching from life means a week of no sketching at all 🙂

But here I actually managed a reality sketch (one!!) before going off into doodling again. It is so that IF I have time to sketch from life, I do the coursework instead.

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And here doodles again:

I am ending Chapter 2 here. For chapter 3 my wish is to merge my free sketchbook with the actual coursework.

Sketchbookpages

In this section I will post the drawings from my sketchbook that don’t have any visible connection to the coursework I am doing. During the Foundations course last year I developed the habit to sketch along whatever comes as much as possible, often just doodling patterns, sometimes some strange drawings I never plan on before hand.

Bryan Eccleshall suggested to treat these doodlings as raw material and maybe Photoshop some together or develop them further, so I just started trying that out in these two first examples.

Petalbird/hand:

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Eyeflower/Kapotasana and red version:

New drawings:

Shiva/Shakti pattern:

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Flower:

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Fish- Gecko:

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Kaz fear:

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Don’t go:

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Cell:

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Headbulbs:

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System:

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Fairies:

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Leaves for my fairies:

The promenade:

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Pink center:

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Baby seeds:

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The scream:

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Pink and blue:

 

The garden:

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Foetus mind:

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The gardener:

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Seeds:

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Seedmaze:

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The pagoda in the storm

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Flowerthoughts:

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I can not stop thinking about it

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Pregnant:

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Fullmoon:

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Pipes:

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My garden again

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Pot of plants

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She tree:

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Foetus again:

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Death:

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Nectar:

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Profile:

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Bird equation:

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Portable garden:

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The magical teapot:

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Simple eye:

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Another corner of my garden:

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Don’t just leave me hanging here…:

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Birds nest:

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Please join me here in Garden Eden:

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Flying beings:

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Helicopter:

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My dear friend Kaz Castillo has asked me to illustrate her poem about the Elephant God- Ganesha , the remover of obstacles, so here I am experimenting with a few versions. None of them feels finished, but it is a lot of fun to cocreate.

And another friend gifted me this amazing green ink- so happy to experiment!

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Unfortunately my A3 paper is such bad quality, it just wrinkles up. But for this motive its kind of fitting..

Another try with thicker A4 paper:

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The eye of creation:

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Fullmoon love:

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Fairyflower:

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Continue exploring the Ganesh theme:

Babytree:

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