Thursday, February 23, 2006

What Cyril will do for shortcake...

Originally, this was a throw-away drawing from a sketchbook. It felt awkward and clumsily drawn when I did it a few months ago. Then I realized that this one is more about the character and less about the drawing. ( Hey, that's my excuse for a bad drawing, what can I say!) I've added the wallpaper and shadows in photoshop. Maybe it needs a picture of Cyril's Ma and Pa on the wall behind him, dunno what the relatives look like yet...

posted by Arna

Saturday, February 18, 2006

body worlds sketching...

Yesterday we spent the evening at the Ontario Science Centre where BODY WORLDS 2: 'The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies' is showing just until February 26th. It was Friday night, we got there at 8:30 and stayed till closing time, midnight. The place was fairly crowded but the crowds were rapt and somewhat quiet. We found a few places to draw and really just got warmed up when it was time to go. I wish that we'd gone once a week for the last month. With more practice I might discover a way of exploring the flayed figures and exposed structures of these bodies. The top three sketches are by Arna and the bottom three sketches are by John:

Body Worlds related posts:

NEW! February 24th, 06: Smook sketches!
Drazen Kozjan at Hypnotic Eye
Matt Jones

Friday, February 10, 2006

rainy night cab ride...

This winter in Toronto is not so snowy, so far. It's colder now, but a few weeks ago there was no snow and it felt a bit like a raw early spring. The night I took these pix, the wet streets were reflecting light. I found myself snapping. The digital camera sure is fun to play with.

the cab driver's office:

crossing the Don river:

Dundas Street near Jarvis:

Filmores 'burlesque':

people waiting for a bus near University avenue:

we turned on to University:

posted by Arna.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

figures in watercolour...

A watercolour and India ink sketch of two figures from my first year at OCA:

From my last year at OCA, a graffiti-covered wall in Florence:

Posted by John.

Friday, February 03, 2006


This top image is an update on the ones below. In the older version, the menacing figure in the doorway seemed a bit cliche. I mentioned to Smook that it might look better if the figure in the doorway was something less predictable for instance, like a small alien child. This new version is actually a mash-up of a photoshop illustration I did of a child figure that was not working in it's original context. I like this new version better. It's interesting to see how the feeling in the woman's face seems to change, depending on what she's reacting to in the doorway.

Hop over to Elliot, who has posted some photos on a related theme.

This is the original pencil sketch:

Here's a version of the original with some mayang textures added:

Posted by Arna.