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Urban sketchers at MBAM

Being in Québec, we don’t have the same freedom as other Urban Sketchers’ chapters. No painting outside in the winter for us (especially not THIS winter.) The organizers have to be creative and to find indoor places that will allow us to roam and draw stuff. One such place is Musée des Beaux Arts de Montréal.

I was super lucky, I started wandering by myself and ended up in the Napoléon exhibition, and there, at the end, was the room with the round windows, a majestic marble Napoléon bust, and a drawing horse. I snagged the horse and set up.

Urban Sketchers Montreal workshop

Marc doing a drawing demo of the Maisonneuve statue on Place d'Armes.

Marc doing a drawing demo of the Maisonneuve statue on Place d’Armes.

Today was day 1 of Watercolor Sketching in Historic Montreal with Marc Taro Holmes and Shari Blaukopf. I was lucky enough to attend and I got to hang out with Marc and Laurel Holmes and a group of amazingly smiling and enthusiastic urban sketchers. I posted a few watercolour paintings from life recently. These were mostly done in preparation for this event, because I have a bit of pride and I didn’t want to show up without any practice.

Laurel ready to snap pics of the event.

Laurel ready to snap pics of the event.

We started out on Place d’Armes, which is a big paved square surrounded by a cathedral, an ancient bank head office, a seminary and other historical buildings. It features a large monument sporting 5 statues of historical figures and 4 fountains. I got over ambitious and worked on a building with way too many windows so I was not able to finish my painting (that and my brushes were too small for the size of the painting.) I’m planning on finishing it next week since it’s just minutes away from Atelier de Bresoles.

Happy Urban Sketchers from all over North America.

Happy Urban Sketchers from all over North America.

The weather forecast rain and possible thunderstorms, but we were fortunate and got sunshine all day (and easel collapsing wind once at the second location.) Marc’s demo consisted of a part where he talks about drawing accurately, placement of the subject on the page and concentrating on the focal point and then he dove into painting and showed us his Tea, Milk and Honey process. Of course, all workshops are a balancing act between demos and hands-on practice and we hurried to draw and paint as much as we could.

Square Dorchester demo.

Square Dorchester demo.

Then, after a short lunch break, we moved on to the second location, Square Dorchester where we could draw Basilique Marie-Reine-du-Monde. We again got a drawing and a painting demo. The subject I tackled this time was much more complex than my painting of the morning, yet I’m much happier with it. Here is a picture of the Basilique and the drawing and painting stages.

My painting for the afternoon. It took about 50 minutes for drawing and another 50 minutes for the painting. I ran out of clean water, hence the stormy looking sky.

My painting for the afternoon.

It took about 50 minutes to draw and another 50 minutes to paint. I ran out of clean water, hence the stormy looking sky. It was done in my Strathmore Visual Journal Mixed Media Vellum Finish (that’s a mouthful) with the watercolour set I wrote about in my Arundel post. I also used the ghetto easel I made yesterday for about 5$. I’ll post about it soon since it was a cheap but efficient tool. And now I have to go to bed, because it starts again tomorrow morning!

Entrevues sur Drink And Draw Montreal

J’ai déjà mentionné ici que je suis maintenant une collaboratrice du webzine Drink And Draw Montréal. J’ai commencé une série d’entrevues avec des illustrateurs québecois, mes deux premiers invités sont Nicolas Francoeur et Donald Caron. Vous pouvez les lire ici:
Entrevue avec Donald Caron, maître de l’horreur
Entrevue: Nicolas Francoeur

J’ai aussi fait une entrevue avec François Vaillancourt, peintre de trompe-l’oeil: Entrevue: François Vaillancourt

Je vous prépare plein d’autres surprises pour les prochains mois.

I already mentioned here that I am now a collaborator on the  Drink And Draw Montréal webzine. I started a series of interviews (in French) with quebecois illustrators, my first two guests are Nicolas Francoeur and Donald Caron. you can read them here:
Entrevue avec Donald Caron, maître de l’horreur
Entrevue: Nicolas Francoeur

I also interviewed François Vaillancourt,  trompe-l’oeil painter: Entrevue: François Vaillancourt

I’m preparing a lot of other surprises for the upcoming months.

Gargouille

This week is the IMC. I couldn’t go this year, but I still took time to stop on Place d’Arme and draw this little gargoyle guy on the side of the Maisonneuve monument.

The angle is slightly different on the photo and the drawing. It took me 20-30 minutes. I was straddling the side of the fountain. It was long enough for my right leg to go to sleep.

The angle is slightly different on the photo and the drawing. It took me 20-30 minutes. I was straddling the side of the fountain with my right foot dangling. It was long enough for it to go to sleep.

 

Chromosphère

I thought I was done painting for my upcoming show, I’ve been very busy with packing because I’m moving just before I have to go hang the show. Well, last night I found the time to sit and paint this. The graphic flame ring is inspired by Brom. It’s my first ever painting on wood panel and it’s a learning experience. The wood became rougher after being varnished, I didn’t expect that. I had to sand it down. I call it Chromosphère after the sun’s lower atmosphere, the part where we see flares and arcs.

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Chromosphère will be at my upcoming exhibition Des ventouses et des hommes at Pourquoi Pas Espresso Bar in April. More info here.

Life drawing at Syn Studio

Last night was life drawing night at the Syn Studio Art School and they had announced a contortionist. The place was packed despite a snow storm, taking everybody by surprise, but I found a former coworker there who made a little spot for me. Despite that, for at least half of the poses I couldn’t see the entire model without having to contort myself. I drew with my sketchbook in my lap and here’s the result.

This one is kind of moody and stylized, I like it.

This one is kind of moody and stylized, I like it.

A 10 minutes one, I took most of the time trying to get the limbs to line-up without looking broken.

A 10 minutes one, I took most of the time trying to get the limbs to line-up without looking broken.

Unfortunately, I couldn't see her hands, and her foot stuck out of the page.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t see her hands, and her foot stuck out of the page.

Last pose of the night, it was challenging to line up everything convincingly. Still, it's the best likeness I got all night.

Last pose of the night, it was challenging to line up everything convincingly. Still, it’s the best likeness I got all night.

First outdoors drawing of 2012.

We had super nice weather last week so I sat outside and drew this over 2 lunch times (so about an hour all in all.) It’s the view from Place Ville-Marie, where EA’s Montreal offices are located. The large weird thing on the left is a fountain shaped more or less like a modernist headless woman, we can also see the mountain in the back.

An announcement about Con*cept 2011

I have a cool announcement to make. Not only will I take part in the Con*cept art show, I will be giving a digital painting presentation. Con*Cept is Montreal’s only fan run annual science-fiction and fantasy convention. It will be my first time there.

I will have some original paintings, some prints from my digital work and some sketch cards for sale.

My panel will be Saturday night at 23:00 and I will go through the steps of a typical rpg assignment. If you are going to Con*cept, make sure to stop by!

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