Tuesday, November 21, 2006

i am thankful for thanksgiving

Whoohoo!!!!! Thanksgiving Break is here. Finally a small reprieve from school! I think my brain is way past overload....

My friend Kim is a wonderful potter. This afternoon I focused on reproducing one of her coffee mugs with two different mediums: watercolor and marker. Unfortunately, I wasn't having much luck with either and ended up overworking both. Some days you have it, some days you don't. Hopefully tomorrow I will. But, in the meantime, I'm enjoying listening to npr on my headphones and getting to do what I love the most, art. Here's to a break, no matter how small!






w&n watercolors
















chartpak markers

17 comments:

Johnnie Scoutten said...

Well, I'll take them off your hands then! I do mud.

suzanne said...

Ha! That sure is some nice mud you've got Johnnie!

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

Even what you call "over worked" looks very accomplished. Darn, I gotta get out my pencils..........!

Anonymous said...

I think they both look great. I'm dying to try my hand at watercolor. Maybe after I graduate.

Now I need to do some investigating. For some reason your feed hasn't been updating on bloglines and I missed your last three posts.

mw said...

They sure look nice to me.

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

These are lovely. The colour is great. I had one of those days yesterday - I drew so much. All day, and have nothing to show for it apart from a little ballpoint sketch. Also I've been practicing hands - NONE of those will be posted! Do you have any advice for drawing them? Lastly, any news on the Granola Thief??

suzanne said...

Andrea- Thanks for the questions. The way I draw hands is probably not the preferred way. Earlier this week in one of her posts, Felicity stated how it is easier for her to draw the human form than an animal because she knows about what's underneath. This is not the case for me as I am ashamed to say I have studied anatomy very little. The way I draw people, and hands, is by studying the contour. I really try to pay very close attention to the lines that define an object, their proportions etc. It's almost as if I am drawing a blind contour as I look at my paper very rarely. Only when I roughly sketch the outside, do I begin on the details within. I'd be interested to know how you work... Is it similar or very different?

Ester said...

Super beautiful studies! Have a great Thanksgiving Weekend :)

De Nous À Toi said...

Love the colors on the mugs -- and their shapes are so well done too.
What an interesting thing you said about drawing almost as if you were doing blind contour. That's usually how i tackle something -- but it depends. Sometimes, a detail catches my attention and i end up building the rest around it -- detail after detail.
And on a totally unrelated note: i saw "Babel" tonight and liked it a lot. I recommend it if you were wondering what to do with your corazón one of these days.

AnastasiaC said...

These are beautiful!!
you got the effect of the shiny glaze perfectly!
have a happy thanksgiving!

Jana Bouc said...
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Jana Bouc said...

Sorry about the deleted comment...it was late last night and ended up in the wrong place...you must have been wondering what I was talking about. What I wanted to say was how beautiful these both are. It's interesting and surprising to me that you're able to get such a similar look to watercolor and markers. I also enjoyed your linework around the cups. I agree that your friend is a great ceramic artist--these look beautifully designed with a really nice profile.

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Just looking at these again, the colour really is fantastic I'm not sure how you managed it. Also I agree with Jana I love the lines around the shape.

Do you know what has been amazing about joining this group is that until now I've never really thought about these things re; how I work. It's great to suddenly have people to discuss this kind of thing with! It really makes you start looking at your work in a different way and dare I say 'grow' as an artist. I am amazed by how you draw your hands! To me they look like you really have studied them to a great level. I think I probably work in quite an opposite way actually. I really focus hard on the shape of things, blind contour is probably the exact opposite to my working process. Once I've got the shape, which I find the most difficult bit, I then get completley lost in the colouring/shading. That's my favourite bit, that's where I find my meditation.

Thanks for sharing your trade secrets! AND Happy Thanksgiving!

suzanne said...

Oh, I love comments! Thank you all for your input.
France- Thanks for the movie review...I've been wanting to check it out. Maybe we can do it tonight!
Andrea- I totally agree... I'd never really thought about my process before either. This has got to help one grow as an artist.

Anais Anais said...

Look pretty good to me and I prefer the markers version, although it doesn't look like made with markers. Bottomline, very good!!!!

Laura said...

Suzanne, I think these are gorgeous, especially the watercolor one. The paint application looks really strong and gutsy to me, not at all overworked. I'd be thrilled if I'd done that sketch!

Sue said...

WOW!! I didn't make it past your marker mugs loved them so much I just HAD to pop in and say as much. Such a wonderful talent! Now I get to go look at the rest of your work. Thanks for posting.