Sketching at the Spring used book sale

Friends of the Vancouver Public Library organized the Spring used book sale at the Vancouver Public Library central branch, and I got to sketch some avid readers awaiting for the doors to open…

When: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 3-5 2018 from 10am – 5pm
Where: Central Library, 350 W. Georgia, Vancouver BC

From their website:

The Friends of the Vancouver Public Library are a community of library lovers who volunteer, fundraise, and advocate in support of the Vancouver Public Library. Proceeds from the book sales support special library programs and projects.

 

And now for something completely zoo-related!

OneWeek100People Challenge 2018

What a week!

This year I accepted the One Week 100 People drawing challenge, with both excitement and fear and provided with the following materials:

  • 5.5 x 8.5 inch 100-sheet sketchbook by Strathmore®, recycled paper – I have always liked the texture of this paper. I found this size perfect for my project… also a 100-page sketchbook came handy, mainly because finishing sketchbook = completing the challenge
  • Grey ZIG® Art and Graphic Twin Tip Brush Marker Pen – I ended using this tool a lot, I simply loved being able to use the brush tip to build up tone
  • Pigma® Brush, colour pencil, general markers, Holbein® oil pastels

My goal was to sketch 100 different people on location. I managed to find enough activities that 100 different human beings would attend. Good news is there are many humans around. It would have been trickier had the challenge been finding 100 different giraffes! I sketched coworkers during their lunch break, during Women’s International Day, during boot-camp and at their cubicles while they were working (with their permission, of course). I found plenty of human beings at interesting talks at the Vancouver Public Library and Science World, and often would find unexpected precious opportunities… like observing volunteers separating pink worms from soil (aka worm poo)! A local ballet academy kindly allowed me to sketch at one of their advanced ballet classes! Yay!

It was overall an amazing learning experience. On the skills side, I felt extremely rusty at the beginning, but after a dozen, I really started enjoying the process and fell in love with the dual brush pen (which inevitably died at around sketch #99). Not all drawings came out nicely… some are definitely more successful than others. But the key is to keep going, be kind to yourself and continue. At the ballet class I used oil pastels and I simply loved getting my hands dirty… I felt very Degas, I must admit. Achieving likeness was harder with people I personally know, as opposed to sketching a stranger (there is more freedom when sketching strangers). On the technical stuff, I find that beards, moustaches, headbands, gloves, haircuts (and everything really that someone wears) helps me enormously to “break” the figure I am sketching into very specific shapes and pieces.

On the human side of things, I can remember exactly what I was thinking and the surrounding circumstances of the 100 people I sketched. I got to observe them, think and reflect. To be able to finish such a project in one week was extremely important to me. I am often my worst critic, but I said to myself that ‘if I can do this, there isn’t anything I cannot do‘. Hehehe… that being said, there are still many other projects I struggle with, but the 100 People One Week challenge was an incredible adventure.

Thanks everybody!

Celebrating Chinese New Year of DOG 2018 Art Festival

My studies of Tocho the family dog made it to the Chinese New Year of Dog 2018 Arts Festival and I could not be happier. Stop by and say hello!

When: 10th (Sat) – 23rd (Fri) February, 2018, from noon to 5 pm
Where: International Village Mall, Unit 2083 — 88 Pender Street West, Vancouver.

Chinese New Year of Dog 2018 Arts Festival (hereunder called the CNY Arts Festival) is organized and curated by International Arts Gallery (hereunder called the Gallery) and Va-fair –Vancouver Art Fair Ltd.

This CNY Arts Festival will be hosted at International Arts Gallery during the signature event of Celebrating Chinese New Year of Dog 2018 @ International Village Mall, Unit 2083 — 88 Pender Street West, Vancouver.

This is a themed show dedicated to the year of the Dog in the Chinese zodiac. Works featured in this show are mostly abide by the theme together with elements in relation to Chinese culture and the New Year.

Source: International Arts Gallery

 

Exhibition: Portraits of Passion

Stop by and say hello to my three drawings!

Nice mice inspired by a photograph by Miroslav Hlavko, Mom and daughter bornean orangutan inspired by a photograph by Frans Lanting, and Mom cow and calf inspired by sketches I made at Maplewood Farm.

The Love Show: Portraits of Passion is an art exhibition part of Art in Display, a partnership between the City of White Rock and Semiahmoo Arts. This exhibition runs from January 17 until March 2, 2018 at the White Rock Community Centre, 145154 Russell Ave, British Columbia  Canada).

 

 

 

 

Learning new techniques, part one

Woa! Inspired by the exhibition “Portrait of the Artist” at the Vancouver Art Gallery, I am redrawing some sketches I made at Maplewood farm using black and white chalk on blue paper, under Artemisia Gentileschi’s watch, of course!

 

 

 

BC Children’s Hospital Holiday Card Program

The Auxiliary to BC Children’s Hospital chose one of my designs for their season holiday card program.  I am incredibly grateful that something I made would help funding their initiatives! You can purchase yours here

About the 2017 Holiday Card Collection:

“BC Children’s Hospital is proud to present the 2017 Holiday Card Collection. When you order these attractive, high quality cards, you are not only expressing your holiday sentiments with style, you are also supporting brighter futures for BC’s kids.

The Auxiliary to BC Children’s Hospital supports the areas of greatest need at the hospital by funding vital programs and services essential to providing the absolute best in pediatric care to the children of British Columbia.

Volunteers of the Auxiliary to the BC Children’s Hospital continue to serve our patients and families with a multitude of skills, dedication and compassion. Volunteers are involved in every level of a family’s experience at the hospital.

Volunteers provide hands-on support to parents and children throughout the hospital in the outpatient clinics, inpatient wards and through support to siblings and family members. The number of clinics continues to increase and volunteers are increasingly needed to provide support to families who struggle with days filled with appointments.”

(From www.bcchholidaycards.com)

Sketching dancers!

Arts Umbrella organized recently a free 4-hour life drawing session with two dancers, during BC Culture days at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (Vancouver, BC). These amazing dancers would perform at different speed and stop at a given time for 1, 2, 5, 10 minutes. They changed costumes as well, giving me the rare opportunity to sketch some ruffles and tutus… which was, I confess, my favorite part.

These are some 3 minute poses:

These are some 5 minute poses:

These are some 1 minute poses:

This a 10 minute pose:

Oh, this also happened…

 

Precious Frogs: the Exhibition

My wandering salamander Evangelina, based on photographs by Todd Pierson, was accepted into the ‘Precious Frogs’ exhibition! ‘Precious Frogs’ is an art exhibition and fundraising event happening at Science World (Vancouver, BC) from September 29th until December 15, 2017.

“A variety of threats are causing amphibian population declines both globally and within our own province. Currently 20 species of native amphibians (frogs, toads and salamanders) live in British Columbia and half are of conservation concern. The Precious Frogs project aims to inspire artists to be a bridge between scientists and the broader public and to promote awareness and action for the long term conservation of our amphibians”

(Source: Science World and Precious Frogs: https://www.preciousfrog.ca/)

Studies in gouache

I had watched a documentary on the making of Disney’s animated feature Sleeping Beauty, and I got fascinated by the background art and the gouache possibilities. To be able to paint with brighter stones on top of darker ones with a matte finish. So I decided to experiment. I first made a quick pass in watercolour and then started to build with acrylic gouache.