Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Jelly Bean Imposters

Every now and then it dawns on me that I'm not a kid anymore, that there exists a whole "other world" that I've become increasingly removed from. A world of tiny green leprechauns and magical tooth fairies, holidays where brightly colored candy is delivered by a white rabbit. As my niece gets older I'll probably feel that immediate connection again but for now I have to be reminded of it by the changing candy aisle at the grocery store.

The great thing about being an adult is that you're the one buying the candy. The Easter Bunny can't bring you something you don't like because YOU ARE the Easter Bunny. You don't get stuck with the duds, trying to barter your way to an appealing stash. I'll trade you one Cadburry Egg for two Peeps plus one Hershey Kiss. You're no longer subjected to those neighbors who hand out apples on Halloween. YOU ARE IN CONTROL. Or so you think.

I'm not one to buy lots of candy (I get plenty of sugar when I go to Starbucks) but I do allow myself a bag of my special holiday favorites. Because come on, it will be a whole year until you see that bag of candy corn on the shelf again. So here's the deal, I was browsing the produce when I spotted a display of jelly beans. Yes, I said produce. I wasn't even IN the candy aisle because I shop the perimeter like THEY tell me to do. ;) But those sneaky merchandisers set those jelly beans out in broad daylight...rather...bright fluorescent lighting and they beckoned me nearer. And I made the purchase.

As soon as I got home and unloaded the groceries I popped open the container of the seemingly innocent jellies and picked out a green one and took a big bite. AND IT TASTED LIKE SPEARMINT GUM. It's quite alarming when expectations are so far removed from reality. REALLY PEOPLE!? Go ahead and eat your Jelly Bellies with all of those WEIRD flavors but I'll stick to the traditional flavor of REAL jelly beans, thank you very much. At least Jelly Bellies are visually different so you can distinguish them from others. But these looked normal. In disbelief I grabbed the clear container and looked at the small label that read "Spiced Jelly Beans." SPICED. Ugh.

I am so NOT IN CONTROL. At least they look pretty.

Maybe I can find some kids to pawn them off on. ;)



Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Same Model, Same Pose, Take 2


This one (above) ended up being very similar to a previous drawing, although I do like the way I handled the fabric and column. My favorite of the evening was this next one...
New model and new pose next week. However, it will be finals week...so I'm not making any promises that I'm going to make it! We'll have to see how productive the weekend is. ;)

So, to recap, here are the six drawings I did in the last two sessions. I think I need to try some new techniques...suggestions are welcome!

Sunday, March 07, 2010

It's not my fault.



Spring made me do it.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Spring? Is that you?



Blue Skies! Not Gray!!
What does it all mean??

It means that soon I can stop buying flowers at the market and start planting them on my balcony!

Or maybe do both! ;)



Odile Decq


Okay, so I skipped figure drawing last night...but for good reason. If you ever get a chance to see a lecture by someone who looks like this

...you know it will be fascinating! And it was both fascinating and inspiring (a good thing during thesis work!). Odile Decq is a renowned French architect and head of the Ecole Speciale d'Architecture of Paris. She joined us at the University of Cincinnati last night for our lecture series.

What I love about her body of work is that it involves much more than buildings, ranging from art installations to furniture, door handles and sailboats. Of particular interest, the custom Esense Wally 143 sailboat:

I know NOTHING about boats, but this one is beautifully crafted! You can see interior images at ODBC's website.

And, my personal favorite...Victor's House.