Monthly Archives: September 2010



For the past 3 weeks of my drawing course, we have been practicing the art of draftmanship using still life. We learnt about how to arrange the still life (In a triangular, curved, or diagonal pattern), and how to use draftmanship to get the proportions correct on the page. At the end of this ‘unit’, we practiced gestures and foreshortening using a model. This was my first time drawing a live model, and it was a very interesting experience

It has been a really steep and extremely useful learning curve.

I have gone through nearly a pad of paper during class, but most of the sketches are EXTREMELY rough, so here are some of the more-completed drafts that I have been working on. All of these drawings are on 18 x 24 inch cartridge paper

1.This was a still life using black charcoal pencil. When I got the angles and proportions correct, I decided to outline it, but my professor gave me feedback that the lines were too thick. I tried to improve that for future drawings

2. This was a still life using a sepia conte pencil. This was my first time using it, so I experimented with the shading after (Shading hasn’t been covered in class, and we’re not really supposed to be focusing on it at this point). I LOVED the pencil, and I am really excited about trying out more drawings with it. I’m not sure if this is clear, but this picture has a small box, a tray, a squash, a crab, some grapes, a plum, a candle stand, and a sheet of music notes. A triangular pattern was used for this still life setup

3. This was another still life of a small statue. One half had a layer of skin pulled off, and the other half had a layer of skin and a layer of muscles removed. I used black HB conte pencil. I like the conte more than the charcoal for thin lines, because it doesn’t smudge as much.

4. The next two drawings are from the “model” class. I used sanguine conte chalk for this drawing. I liked the chalk for the rough lines, and finally got the hang of keeping the lines really light. If you are interested in seeing them, click on the links below.

Super Crawl


This past weekend, I met up with a few friends in a city called Hamilton for what was called the “Super Crawl”.

James street north is the heart of the artistic renaissance in Hamilton. The street has galleries, art shops, and cafe’s. Once a month, the art crawl takes place, where all stores and galleries are open late. Once a year, the super crawl takes place, where the entire street is closed down to cars, many little stalls are set up, and musicians and entertainment fill the street.

I was introduced to the Super Crawl by my friend Steve. Steve was contributing to the super crawl festivities by playing a 4 hour Organ Recital at the James Street Cathedral, where we started the Art Crawl.

I have entered Cathedrals before as a part of guided tours, but I have never gone alone, and definitely never sat in the cathedral before. From the second I walked in I was mesmerized. The atmosphere was amazing, and the music was simply stunning! Steve never fails to wow me with his musical talent. Initially we were sitting in the main hall, and we later decided to move closer to the organ. I had the opportunity to stand next to the organ to watch Steve play- 3 levels of piano, dozens of knobs, and he even played with his feet! I don’t even know how he managed to concentrate on all of that at once! We spent nearly two hours in the cathedral, and it was definitely time well spent. I loved all the pieces, but I think my favourite piece was “Tocatta from Suite Gothique by Leon Boellmann” (I definitely had to do a little ‘research’ to figure that name out)

After an amazing South Indian dinner at a friend’s house, we decided to hit the streets. There were a lot of interesting things to see, like this little cart from India.

There were a bunch of bands playing, and they were all really different! One had a trombone player, one was a really interesting collaboration of voices with 6 singers and only 1 guitarist. This one had two cello players and a violin player.

The street was lined with interesting shops with homemade jewelry, pillow cases, wall hangings etc. We admired the artists, and really enjoyed being a part the packed streets.

I got a little souvenir from the event- 3 painted roses carved entirely out of wood!

Overall, it was a really fun event, and I would definitely recommend it to everyone



A friend in my art course recommended that I try this pen

I was really excited to get started so I decided to draw flowers in my doodle book

I didn’t use any pencils to outline the drawing- I just went ahead with the ink (This was in my doodle book after all), but I really liked the final product.

Eventually I’d like to frame these with a bright red or bright blue mat, and make a larger one for the center.

Here it is :)

Henna-Style Ganesha


Last week I decided to start using a small sketch book that I recieved as a gift. I drew a Ganesha using traditional Henna patterns. I have experimented with Henna/ Mehendi Designs, and twice (Due to hired henna artists showing up late or not at all) did it for family weddings. I thought the dark lines and decorative designs would be an interesting approach for the elephant headed god who is more-often-than-not drawn and painted in abstract ways.

The paper was a little bit too smudgy for me, so I think I will stick to using this sketch book for ink from now on. However, I really liked the outcome of this drawing. What do you think?

Fancy Papers Card


Recently it was a very close friend’s birthday, and her favourite colours are red black and white. I decided to make a card for her that fit this colour theme.

I just used regular white card paper, and a pack of scrap-book paper that I bought from Chapters a year or so ago. For the “Happy birthday” in the front, I used a utility knife to carve the letters out of the white paper.



Random update: I was supposed to go to the bead festival this weekend with a friend, but I suddenly got really sick and ended up sleeping through the day. Apparently it was really interesting, and there were some great beads from across the world! There is another one in November so hopefully I don’t miss that!

An Introduction: Vidya, and a Bracelet


I recently made a unique bracelet. The actual bracelet design is very straight forward and it took me less than 15 minutes to make, but it’s the beads that make it interesting.

I was first inspired to start Jewelry Making by my good friend Vidya. I met her through dance, and she’s currently doing her Masters in Aerospace Engineering at UofT. She’s smart, a great baker, very outdoorsy, and has highly advanced bead knowledge. She’s also Aquarius- It doesn’t get much better than that!

Anyways, I was at her house one day eating her blueberry cornbread and looking at her pictures from her trip to Hawaii, when she opened up her bead drawer to show me some stuff she was working on. She pulled out this bag of beads from India that she received as a gift many years ago, and gave me a small handful. Apparently there were many more, and she’d already used them a lot.

These beads were something else. They all had a black base, but each bead was different. They really had a lot of character, and I knew that I wouldn’t have to do much to create a very interesting piece of jewelry.

Here’s the finishing product (I apologize for the lighting, the beads aren’t as dark as they appear in the picture.):