Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Hey some loose croquis from yesterday. I was sitting next to our ex-president Tarja Halonen and yeah she can draw!
Taidehalli also has an extensive and excellent Tom Of Finland exhibition going on now. It's super great, go and see it!
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Wednesday, April 06, 2016
It had been a while and probably just a month or so and already I felt rusty. So boys and girls, if you wanna learn to draw, do it everyday, no easy way out :)
Again throwing myself off by drawing on a big paper and in a greasy thick crayon which presented it's own challenges in adding any kind of detail and the crude physical fact that if you draw a bigger area, it takes more time. And funny thing was that with bigger paper I had difficulties in fitting the whole pose in.
In the tinted paper one, I filled in first the negative shape with the white and then proceeded with defining with black shadow areas. Fun exercise that is.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Friday, March 04, 2016
Yep, dem life drawings. Gotta keep churning them out..some will be bad but occasionally there is a nice feel to a sketch. Then I try to learn from it...which also occasionally happens. Click for bigger view.
Friday, February 19, 2016
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
One interesting thing happened that didn't distract but was fun. Our former President of Finland Tarja Halonen came to draw also..late! I did a double take when I saw this elderly woman peeking behind the corner and looking for a seat. I actually had wondered about 2 reserved seats in front but the president missed those and just casually went to draw from the back row with the rest. Well that's Finland for you :)
Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
some recent life drawings. I found that equipment sometimes does matter... Even if I do prefer to stay loose and not go too much into details sometimes too soft of a paper and too blunt of a point in the pencil greates frustrating inaccuracy. Of course it's again something to make you adjust. Actually I just went "fuck it. I'll just fall back to my comfy mannerisms".
Also I was just thinking too much about recent lessons and got slow because of that. In the end there's still gross proportion problems but hey, it's always a learning experience! Something I tell myself when I cry myself to sleep ;D
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Wow a post so soon after the last one! Well it's kinda a continuation on the last post in the sense that I immeadetly witnessed that every time you start fresh and it sucks.
It was a bad drawing day to say it simply but I think it was a combination of being tired, lacking focus and the fact that it felt like my left brain was fighting with the right. On the other hand I was like "yeaaa I'll just whip this thing on the paper boom!" but also on the other hand "wait wait, hold on now for one darn minute. Put down the main line, directional axis, weight, boxes etc etc and use what you've just been studying". The end result being something in the middle and not really using in the end the half ass construction shit I'd put down. Thinking too much and that froze me up and I could barely get the 5 minute poses done.
Oh well, even if it was a struggle, it was fun to use 20 year old felt pens of mine which barely gave any colour and thus slowed me down a bit but threw me off to try something a bit different maybe. Which was nice.
Monday, December 28, 2015
Haven't posted in a while but that doesn't mean I've been totally idle with drawing. Indeed I have been doing life drawing again and I should consider renaming this accordingly 'cause it seems those are about the only things I post here...
But I must say (and a lot of professionals and artist veterans agree) that life drawing really is the best drawing training you can have. Observations and lessons learned can be applied to so many other subject matters, styles etc.
I'm gonna post a lot of stuff now and in a way the chronological order might be interesting because I really have realized that "Janne K, you know nothing". One must unlearn to learn and nothing is better than throwing yourself off balance to maybe be able to shake of some mannerisms and stylistic shorthands that prevent you from seeing things and from being downright lazy.
We organized recently through the Animatricks animation festival a life drawings course from the perspective of animation. We were fortunate to have Samantha Youssef giving us a lecture for 2 days that somewhat differs from traditional life drawing. It was very inspiring, eye opening and also depressing in the way that I realized how much I have to learn. The latter is obvious for everybody. I just thought that I had some touch for it but the fact is that I was gettin too content with the way I was drawing from life. I wasn't looking carefully enough. I was doing too much just to achieve a fun line or graphically interesting picture and neglecting lessons in front of me about actual anatomy, volumes and sense of direction etc.
So what I'll post here is now before the lessons, sketches from the lessons and then from a life drawing session after the lessons. Starting from the topmost drawing (click for bigger view):
The first drawings also are another example on how switching the medium makes you rethink and struggle. I hadn't drawn with charcoal in many years and I was completely lost for a moment with the medium on how to take advantage of it and what is useless to try with it etc. Then I also just switched to pencil and I was drawing like before, just drawing quickly how I saw the pose, volumes etc but really doing too much of contour drawing and playing around stylistically.
BUT nothing comes for free so it'll just mean more and more life drawing to get better at it and after all if the day comes that I'd feel that "yeah Janne K now you know your shit" then it's time to take another lesson and forget all those foolish thoughts that just prevent you from being an artist stuck in a groove.
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Thursday, November 05, 2015
Some latest life drawings. I think I wouldn't advance or learn anything if I didn't do these. Everytime it's daunting and difficult and makes you doubt if know anything. It's brutal and nice at the same time (masochistic :D? ). There's no autopilot. Every time if I start to think of something else, it breaks the concentration of observation and thinking what you see in front of you then I loose the flow and I get crap. Ballpoint pen. Click for bigger view.
Friday, October 30, 2015
My old scanner seems to have kicked the bucket, thats one reason why these are so messy. The B&W ones are 5 minute poses and thin ballpoint pen. That made me approach things a bit differently again which is always fun. I'm quite happy with the movement on some of them. There's 2 pics from the previous session as well.