...some art from the day...CED #262...fashion illustrations 16-18...a very special tree...and more art with my JV team...well, homecoming poster art, that is!
...just some pics from this Monday off from school... CED #261, finished the three fashion illustrations from yesterday, Tricia's tutu and worked on Tom's dragon triptych... back to work tomorrow...
I wake up early on my day off. Literally bolt out of bed, my mind already set on some purpose that I am not usually aware of until the rest of me wakes up, grumbling because I had plans to sleep in. (That's why I take so many naps)
Today, the reason I woke up is I kept thinking about the Yayoi Kusama show at the Whitney in NYC. The show ends on September 30th. I think I read something about it over the summer, and read about her collaboration with a line for Louis Vuitton...and I haven't been able to this out of my head. I really want to see this show, especially with my new obsession with fashion illustration. And I have been waiting, trying to decide about the funds...juggling my crazy schedule to try and find a time to go, asking friends to try to set up a trip...I think I just have to make this happen.
So anyway, that is what is on my mind. Gotta get busy, make some art. Generate some sales...I'm seeing DOTS!
and...well...since I am sharing....
Dear Tim Gunn, please have coffee with me and let me show you my art. Sprinkle some magic on it, tell me how to 'make it work' and look at my new love of fashion illustration with 'an editing eye'.
Well...it's 'wee hours' for me, anyways...added some black line work to my fashion illustrations that I started earlier...worked on Tom's piece, a triptych that I am designing so that the composition will line up whichever order it is placed in...added first layers of colors to that...and, finally...worked on Tricia's tutu image....
...the usual Friday-after-school-coma, then an art show for PBCATA, a workout and some artin'...
...a bridal brunch for my super-talented, beautiful friend Giselle, a live art event at the Armory...
...spending time with family napping with cats, another workout, beach time with the husband, some art time at Barnes and Noble and...finally...sitting down to update this here blog and then attend to the pieces on my drawing table.
Yep, that was my weekend.
I might be rambling a little...but still really excited about this whole feeling of...things making sense.
Busy Monday, per usual...students all engaged and on task.
Finished up CED #254...went down to 8 minutes.
Had a very productive evening with the Art Hive crew planning future art events, collaborations, linking up with charities and delegating various tasks. It is tough to do things on a school night, but I end up going to bed late anyway, so why not? I get so much energy from Jess and Angela and what we are doing with this magazine...I am just so happy to be a part of it...gonna be hard to go to sleep I have so much going on in my head.
...trying to make some contacts for my art...to get representation...advice...a second glance.
All in due time.
For now...Just gonna keep on artin', because that is what I was meant to do.
I just can't put into words right now what I am experiencing artistically. I feel like a switch has turned on somewhere and now I know what to do. I am talking about fashion illustration. I love it. Obsessed, seriously. I may never do it as my job, or get an recognition...but I am realizing that is what my work has always kind of been in some way, and it is what I love. I have always worked from the images that I see in my beloved fashion magazines, studying the models faces, their gestures, the movement of the hair, the garments, the accessories...but here I have been, just working, making my drawings and never realizing what was out there. But I am feeling so inspired right now, yet feeling overwhelmed because there are so many illustrators I need to study, terms, proportions, techniques. I am not sure what this will do to my daily pieces with the 'Creative Every Day' series, but in the meantime, while I sort through this...I have created a side project, a series of my own attempts to draw what I love, and what I have always loved.
...and I chased that rising sun, caught some of it, and settled under the pier for almost four hours to draw. Then it was off to Barnes and Noble to do some research...and I was sidetracked by the HUGE new Harper's Bazaar Fall Fashion Issue...so I stayed there working for another 2-3 hours.
Feels like home.
Let's just say I have been in the midst of an artistic awakening...wow. I have always loved figurative work...and I have always loved fashion. When I draw or paint, I gravitate towards the female form. I pour through the major fashion magazines, always have, ooohing an ahhhing over designs I will never be able to afford...but nonetheless, taking a breath before the turn of every page. And you know what? I never really made the connection that there was a whole world out there where art and fashion came together. I mean, I have always considered fashion to be art, and vice versa...but I honestly didn't understand that there was something called fashion illustration. I started a new Pinterest Board today titled, 'Fashion Illustration that I love'. It is just a start, but there are so many amazing images on this board...worth a look, check it out!
Now...I am not talking drawing specifically to design...no. I am talking more of just drawing fashion, for the love of the lines, the silhouettes, the fabrics...just to capture the essence of a garment on paper. I have literally spent hours trying to play catch up today, as if I could fit hundreds of years of labels and designers and illustrators into one day. I sure did try, each illustration leading to another...like some beautiful scavenger hunt. My wrists hurt from being on the computer, typing, using the mouse...and I know there is so much out there to see and to learn. And I am excited about this 'new' direction that my art could be heading in...
Smiley and Ricky
In other happenings...amazing lunch down in Deerfield with Maria and Oliver...and of course, we got to meet their HUGE cats...side note, I don't think I have ever met a cat I didn't like, and these two were very sweet.
...then a pit stop at Kevro's Art Bar to take some pics of the show for Art Hive. Two gals, Emily and Heather, were showing work there so John and I stopped by to see their art, and to check out the venue. Really cool, eclectic place with a bar, stage area set up with a DJ, ping pong tables, lounge chairs, mist when you walked outside in the back patio...and art...just everywhere. The show was still being set up, but it looked to be a good one. Some really colorful sea-themed pieces.
Finally...just the usual Saturday night, hanging out at home. I worked on a commissioned piece for a friend in Philadelphia, and of course, my daily drawing #252... timed, ten minutes start to finish,
I just wanted to share...today during our shared 'free draw' time...I completed my 10 minute drawing. My students like it when i draw with them, and I haven't sat down and did a drawing with them in a little while...and I have noticed the void. So today- we drew. They were busy with their last minute details, as their drawings are due on Fridays...and me, well, I set the timer for 10 minutes and started to draw. The best way to enjoy Friday, drawing with my students...listening to their papers rustling, pencils being sharpened and scratching marks onto their paper...and the sounds of my own mark-making and the hum of the document camera.
And then...a faint countdown. 'Mrs. G, it's been three minutes....five minutes...' And then, so unexpected, a muffled countdown, '10-9-8...' as I finished the last 10 seconds of drawing and even a few claps when the drawing was done.
Yep, that's how I feel about art, too. Excitement, anticipation, urgency...and when I finish working myself or see an amazing work of art by another artist...I want to clap, too. And I do.
...just a gal trying to get this art out of my soul to share with the world on a DAILY basis...no big deal...check out my ramblings!-JLG