At rest

Resting is an important part of my creative process.

Ideas for artworks pop up in my mind all the time, but it is always while I rest that I figure out which idea has to be realized first and what medium, technique or materials I will use.

While going through some old works I’ve done in the last years, I came upon this drawing. In this exercice I worked with Inktense sticks (as previous post Curves) – I love this medium that can either be used wet or dry (both in this case).

I was curious to see what it would look like to use lighter colors in front and darker ones in the back, in addition to the usual way of representing ligths and shadows.

The result is somewhat interesting. Another technique to further explore? Maybe.

Odd shapes

I love to work with charcoal, one of my favorite mediums.

In this exercice, I drew a variety of odd shapes from which I chose this rectangular form that I cleaned up in Photoshop.

In order to design the many products of my online boutiques, I have to produce several combinations of the shape in different formats. And, if I want, I can easily change the background color or make it transparent, or color the shape itself.

The drawing

Below, different products in my shops at Redbubble, Vida or Society6.

So many possibilities!

Shadows bis

The inspiration this time is
the shadow of my lamp. The yellow tone of the tableau comes from the sun through my window shade.

I chose to draw 3 shadows either produced by my ceiling light at night (right) or by the sun at slighlty different times in the afternoon (left).

Again, on a textured paper that I pinned directly to the wall, I traced the contour of the shadows and completed the drawing with woodless graphite pencils and sticks.

Without the shade, the scene is much brighter. I like that we can better see the colored and white reflections on the white wall.

I will further experiment with shadows but this time on white paper and will somehow include the reflections.

I hope I’ll discover something unexpected that I didn’t even think about while imagining this new series.

Shadows

I have always been fascinated by shadows.

In 2015, I worked on a series of drawings entitled ‘Me and my shadow’ that featured both the shadows and the subjects (see my post of March 25, 2019 in Drawing/Still life).

This time, I decided to draw only the shadows created by the lateral light from the late afternoon winter sun, as shown on the photo below.

On a textured paper that I pinned directly to the wall, I traced the contour of the shadow and completed the drawing using a variety of woodless graphite pencils (Bs and Hs). The drawing is the actual size of the shadow.

My intent is to have a mysteriously-shaped drawing that is completely recognizable only with the subject.

Below, two different tableaus with the drawing.

On my next post, another one of the same series but this time with one of the lamps and multiple shadows.

Hope you like it!

In my bubble

Has recommended by our public health, every household has been living in a ”bubble” for many months now – general rule, no outsiders in one’s home.

So with the confinement, eventually the bubbles and now the curfew, we have a lot less distractions and more time on our hands. It took me some time getting use to it all but now I appreciate having the extra time to contemplate and reflect on what’s next, or even to do a-b-s-o-l-u-t-e-l-y nothing.

So, in the last weeks, I’ve decided that this is the year to put it all to use – the pens, pencils, sticks, brushes, paints, and all the different kinds of paper. My head is full of ideas and I want to take at least 10 to 15 minutes every day to put them on paper. Sometimes, I might look at a sketch for weeks before I figure out exactly what will become of it.

This is my first series entitled ”In my bubble” that I chose to do in the Pantone colors of the year: Illuminating and Ultimate gray. I love the vibrant yellow!

My mission this year is to experiment, use all the colors of the rainbow and, most of all, have fun, fun, fun!

Emergence

I drew these a few years ago while experimenting with ink and water soluble pencils. It is a genre that I have been exploring and intend to further explore.

Recently, when I rediscovered them, they reminded me of unfinished sculptures I’ve seen at the Camille Claudel & Rodin’s exhibit in Québec City, in 2005 – the sculpture below was intentionally unfinished. I find the effect of either a head or part of a body emerging from a block of marble, for instance, striking. There is only one place to look, the subject.

Imitating Klee

I used one of Klee’s artwork for the purpose of this monochromatic exercise that I did in watercolor (left), and that consisted of experimenting with different tones of the same color.

Swiss painter and graphic artist Paul Klee (1879–1940) was one of the most imaginative modern art masters. He worked with oil paint, watercolor, ink, pastel and etching that he often combined into one work. He used a great variety of color palettes from nearly monochromatic to highly polychromatic.

What I love about watercolor

Transparency – the light shining through the paint makes colors glow, and the white of the paper makes them luminous.

Unpredictability – colors may blend into each other giving unexpected and surprisingly beautiful results.

Endless possibilities – dry on wet, wet on wet, wet on dry.

I will no doubt further explore this medium.

How it all started

My mother used to order drawing lessons by mail a long, long time ago.

I was about 10-11 years old and, bored, decided to try the exercises my mother was doing. We both realized that I was able to draw what I saw, like she did. Never studied in art, it just came naturally.

Some of my first exercices (graphite on journal paper)

I drew on and off until I was about 20 years old. I drew the following around 13-14 years old.

This is a self-portrait I drew around 17 years (graphite)

The human body has always been one of the most interesting subject for me and it still is. To this day I don’t really know why it fascinates me, but does it really matter?

At some point, I started studies in medicine thinking that I would feel the same fascination. I quickly realized that it is not the mechanics of the body that I’m curious about, but the whole human being: body, posture, state of mind, personality, etc.

Eventually, I studied in photography. A few years ago, I finally found the time to attend some art classes to learn the basics of drawing, different techniques and experiment with different mediums.

It took me all this time to understand that I was given a gift. I now know that it is essential for me to draw and create. It is how I best express myself, my feelings, my believes.

To this day, I still dream of being a full-time artist.

Me and my shadow

Sometimes cast shadows are as interesting as the subjects themselves, as demonstrated in these two examples below.

In the first one, I opted for darker shadows for a more dramatic effect.

In the second one, I liked that the shadows on the left almost looked like snails.

Both drawings in graphite and colored pencils.