Those in Urban Sketchers/Tacoma know me as a person who is trying to improve my skills. I am willing to hear helpful criticism and often ask other members for their input on topics from values to perspective. I'm currently taking a life drawing class that is helping me with proportions and physical body characteristics.
You can image my excitement when I read one day on our website that Gabi Campanario https://www.facebook.com/seattlesketcher/ was going to teach all these things, in a workshop at the end of March, that I need to learn. So I thought I'd sign up. I called the number listed and asked if there was room... yes, there were 3 places left. Oh, my I thought. Only 3 and it's only 4 hours after sign up began. I was desperate to get in and asked her if I could pay in two increments... no. So when I hung up I didn't know what I was going to do... then my dear husband asked if I'd like to attend as a Valentine Present? Oh, yes! I said and called right back and got in. I didn't ask how many spots were open... I got in!!!
I received an email this past week asking me to send samples of my work. I looked thorough my sketchbooks until my eyes were blurry. I was to send in samples of my work so Gabi could see my abilities. Every now and again one has a sketch that is really great, but mostly mine are rather ordinary and a bit primitive. Thus my interest in the class. So I decided on the following three images…
I want the people I draw to look like the people I’m sketching. These kids do have black hair, but not sure that they look like the kids themselves. The scale of the stanchions and the perspective of them isn’t right they should get smaller the further away they are… so that’s why I chose this one.
This one I put in because it needs more difference in values. It’s too dark… and again my people look like paperdolls rather than people. I’m not all negative about my work… I like the glass in the windows, the detail and the composition. I’m not saying none of that couldn’t be improved, but I’m not dissatisfied with it.
This one had a lot of architectural features and two ladies talking… again there’s detail, which I really enjoy drawing, but my ladies are too flat to me, and some of my building angles may not be correct…. My scanner isn’t working so this is a photo of my sketches, which adds distortion from the pages bowing.
All of these are more recent, so he see my current work. (Less than a year old) So we will see what he says and hope that I can step up my game…
I’ll report back when the class is over and post my work from the class (on site sketches) and how I felt about it. The way I feel now is excited and hopeful that I will be able to assimilate what he teaches. Wish me luck.