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Sketch book: first day

February 10, 2014 Leave a comment

I love drawing but I don’t draw as much I would. I took a little challenge: draw or sketch every day (if possible) in a sketch book. First day…

January 30th
A little experiment with a simple portrait from a photo. I try to simplify the shadows and strokes for a modern and dynamic rendering.

Hair

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Portrait, acrylic courses and maternity leave

February 12, 2013 2 comments

Things are pretty rushed lately (moving, DIY, Canadian residency, employment, crochet, pregnancy, you’ll find all this at http://untoonaucanada.blogspot.com) but starting today, I am on maternity leave two months prior to the delivery date. This is the perfect opportunity to take over and spend more time on drawing, painting, illustrating and photography.

I am now enrolled in acrylic paints courses. Significantly simpler than watercolor (which requires a perfect control of spaces unpainted) or oil (very long drying time), acrylic is suitable to all mixtures, all techniques, with textures, materials, transparency, collage … which is perfectly highlighted in this workshop hosted by the University of Montreal. At the same time, I notice my weaknesses:

the use of color, color matching and color blends (I’m handier with a pen or pencil),

the application of paint (no fine lines, impasto, marks left by the brush drips)

But I do not lose hope and the discovery of these new techniques brings me a lot in terms of creativity.

At the same time I’m back on the drawing board. Here is a portrait done this morning.

portrait

Portrait

February 21, 2012 Leave a comment

version française

Two portraits made from a photography of my brother and my sister-in-law. The reason I choose this portrait was the beautiful complicity they show and the tight framing on their faces.

This portrait looks like a comic’s illustration. The eyes and the beard are simplified.

The second one is better, but far to be perfect. It’s more realistic despite some proportion issues in the eyes and in the main parts of the face.

Portrait de couple

Notes for myself: apply a grid on the original portrait to kee the proportion, especially the eyes’ size, the nose location and take a closer look at the light reflection in her hair.

Observation, perseverance and work: that’s the the secret!

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Week end in Chamonix

November 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Last weekend we went in the mountains to revitalize ourselves. The result: a small speed sketch done within a few minutes: sharp lines, no erasing, leaving only the hand express.

Tahiti

January 12, 2010 1 comment

After spending a week end on a little island close to Auckland: Waiheke, the sun and the beach are still in my mind and in my drawing with this tahitian portrait based on a photography seen in a travel magazine.

Tahitian
Tahitian portrait

I especially love the young woman’s dreaming eyes through the leaf blades of her headgear.

Voir la version française

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Cloche hat

December 19, 2009 1 comment

A little drawing today for testing my new toys I received one month ago from Canada: sanguines, charcoals and a charcoal paper pad with a great textured surface. The first sketch was drawn at the Mighty Mighty bar’s counter in Wellington: a portrait of a woman wearing a cloche hat.

Cloche hat - Chapeau cloche
Cloche hat – 2009

Based on this sketh, I tried to use the sanguine and charcoal pencils to create this drawing:

Cloche hat - Chapeau cloche
Cloche hat – 2009

Finally, I decided to use my usual pencil on the charcoal pad, drawing more and more details to obtain this result:

Cloche hat - Chapeau cloche
Cloche hat – 2009

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Profile

November 30, 2009 4 comments

Today, something really simple: a portrait inspired by a theatre play I have read at school. I was not so studious and more interested by drawing than studying french in these old plays. Anyway, it was a great carefree period spending all the time wearing our pants out on the school benchs and drawing non stop for pastime!

Profile - Profil
Profile – 1997

It’s funny to see this profile… it’s unusual to draw or take a picture of someone strictly on the side view or fullface! Therefore in this piture as in the original one, the face outlines are deeply marked.