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.
My first try at Napoléon, I’m a bit rusty at measuring and soon became frustrated with the proportions, especially in the face. I decided that it had played it’s role as a warm up and ditched it.
Bust and sketch
My second try at Napoléon, I concentrated on the face, which is one of my weak points anyways. There is weird stuff going on in there, especially with the lips, but I’m still happy with it. It’s about 7 inches tall (the drawing, not the bust.)
Thumbnails of some pieces in the old masters section. I wanted to capture the values quickly for later reference.
Thumbnail/quickie value study. It’s not very clear, but it helps me figure out what is going on.
I scored these postcards, by Waterhouse and Tissot. Wall space is limited at my place so I often buy postcards, rather than prints.
Yep this is it! 300th post. If I was better at planning I would have gotten a special post and everything. But as it is, I just have a few new watercolour sketches done from life.
I painted this in my backyard. I’m still struggling a lot with colour mixing. Especially in the warm colours.
I drew this from a moving pontoon. We were going fast enough that houses I was drawing kept whizzing past before I had more than 5 lines down so I concentrated on the mountain in the distance and added detail as we got closer. Then I painted it when we got back to the cottage. I’m happy enough with the result.
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.
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.
Last pose of the night, it was challenging to line up everything convincingly. Still, it’s the best likeness I got all night.
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.
Here is a little something I did during some down time. 47 different designs for face paint. There isn’t a reason for the number, it’s just how much space I had one that page and a half of sketchbook. At some point I thought I had everything possible if you stay with large bold designs, but then I kept finding new ones! I’m sure I could do 47 new ones!
I love bats, and they have very interesting wing structure, so I took advantage of a bit of a downtime at work to study them. These are all fruit bats and the funny one at lower left is actually licking sugary water from a nectar feeder in the reference pic I found.
Yesterday we had the first sunny day in what seemed like forever. So I had to go the Square Phillips during my lunch break and do a little doodle of the people enjoying the sun. I have to say I love my new purple leads, they scan much better than the blue ones.
More sketches, this time: koi carps. None of them is really a copy of a picture, I synthesized a lot of koi pictures I looked at. I think I might try to add reflections and some caustic projections to it sometime (the light patterns that waves projects on the fish and the bottom of the water.)