Monday, 29 October 2012

(Mainly) Cake Day

At the weekend I joined in on what my friend calls her 'Cake Day', which means that she won't eat cake/sweet things on any other day of the week other than this one. The result of which is that she doesn't snack unnecessarily during on unhealthy foods, appreciates the treat even more and also has discovered some truly darling places ('darling' really is the best adjective here). So on Saturday, she led a group of us over to Christchurch to try possibly the BEST CREAM TEA EVER. It was amazing, seriously. It was a colder day than it had been recently so- with coats, scarves and gloves- we trundled into the tea room pictured below on the left and were presented with warm scones, clotted cream, jam and hot tea on/in beautiful little dishes/cups.

 It. was. wonderful. 

Christchurch itself was ridiculously idyllic, especially in that low-Autumn-sunshine. We got to explore a bit by following a local walk along a stream then to a river with some swans that, when they stuck their heads underwater, looked really silly- it might not be one of those it-was-funny-at-the-time or you-had-to-be-there moments so I've stuck a picture in to the right so you can see too. I think it was that it looked fairly un-graceful, which was funny since they're swans... or we might have been a little sleepy/hysterical?

For a blog called 'Rosemary Draws' there isn't really enough drawing- sorry about that. I'm a month into my course now and I'm finding that my drawing style is being challenged/ changing a lot, which has resulted in quite a bit of experimenting in new mediums that aren't all that appealing to look at. I had a really lovely response to my character sketches from my classmates earlier today though so hopefully that means I'm on the right track and can post them soon! C:


The life drawing session this week focused on muscles and bearing them in mind whilst toning. The  right-hand picture is of a leg and an arm (the latter being on the left) though sans the hand, foot and skin too! We had the model keeping their arms and legs in uncomplicated/ neutral poses with a strong light pointed at them so when we drew the muscles based on this we could highlight them accordingly.

Song recommended by Cake Day friend: 

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Could we pretend....

...that that last post was better than it looked? I'm completely puzzled as to why one of the images looks like a chess board as it definitely wasn't when I took it... hmmm...
In other news- I can now present to you an animation! Which is about time of me really since based on this blog it looks as though all I've been doing is drawing people with no clothes on or getting distracted by scenic views from Bournemouth (let's not link the two of those).
So here is the sack drop animation, ta-da! :

We have group meetings/ peer evaluation each week and what we agreed would be better is if there was a longer hold just before the sack drops to heighten the anticipation. Another thing is the rope- I have the frames for it but left it out for the time being since it felt too messy. 

It's feeling very Autumnal fairly quickly:


I've also crocheted a little pumpkin to (very subtly)  decorate my room for Halloween C:

As recommended by my twin here's the gorgeous song 'the dreamer' by Tallest Man on Earth.

Oh Technology, you do impress me!

I don't know how this will turn out as I'm posting this straight from my phone (feels fancy) so I'll have to have a look when I get back to my house but here is a live-ish picture of quite a lot of flags :D Now that I think about it- it doesn't sound that thrilling but it's fairly relaxing watching and sketching waving flags. I'll add a silly drawing on this post too to jazz it up a bit...

Monday, 22 October 2012

Sunny days!

There is a significantly less life drawing in this post this week due to that, although the session was as  good as always, my own results didn't quite work how I wanted them to. So the following are the ones I was happiest with but not completely (sigh!):

The latest animation exercise is the sack drop, which is as it sounds- we animate a sack spinning whilst strung up and then eventually dropping. The focus being on demonstrating the weight and the anticipation. We had sacks strung up around the studio, which oddly looked a little morbid- especially considering in a couple of weeks we'll be picking up from the end of our sack drop animation and bringing them to life by creating a 'sack pantomime' . We did some studies of them beforehand to get an idea of the dimensions we would be working with:

This was a little character sketch using some of the ideas from last week's life drawing session (using the ellipses and cylinders to create volume). I've realised that this character has been in every post of mine so far, she's still in development (story-wise mainly) but I'll have to introduce her properly sometime! c:

Some more shots below from around Bournemouth, my parents were visiting for the weekend (try to spot them in one of the photos?) which was wonderful- I've topped-up on hugs and discovered some fab restaurants too. We also visited the Russell-Cotes Museum and definitely recommend it- it's a little like the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford- they're Similar in that there is SO MUCH to see. The building itself is beautiful and apparently one of the last victorian buildings to be built. There's a great deal to be inspired by- not just the artwork and exhibitions but the history of the place too! :D

Here's a band I stumbled upon the other day who have a pretty brilliant name - this is their song 'unknown': Spangle Call Lilli line- unknown
I haven't listened to many of their songs yet but they seem chilled and great to work along to C:

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Life Drawing and Lego Vikings

Based on the new layout, guess who found a wonderful dip-pen at her university's art sale? There may have to be a post dedicated to it!

Some more life drawing and some more challenges brought with it- this time we were only to draw with charcoal, no shading or tone and using ellipses and cylinders.  I found it difficult at first due to wanting to add more curves/fill in the gaps but after a while I definitely saw the benefits of it; namely it does wonders for planning perspective (I felt like I had to phrase that like a skincare product just now) and the ever-frustrating foreshortening so hopefully I can put it to good use in my character drawings and other areas.
We're at work on our animations mainly,  I'll admit the tests I've done so far I'm not happy with yet but that's to be expected for a first go I guess. I'll hopefully have a desk for my light box soon though so I can work on them after-hours as well.

My Viking Lego lady from my mum- the picture alluded to her having an angry face and I like to think someone, somewhere, has ended up with a rather moody Lego bride (one of the other potential Lego characters to collect, who looks all-smiles in her preview).
This little 'un popped up after my putty rubber formed little horns C:

This is a railway bridge that I can't wait to see through the different seasons- the low sun in the autumn throws some scene-setting shadows and brings out very vibrant greens lately. I've attempted some sketches when I took these photos but I think it will take me a while yet to get it right. If you listen to The Merry-Go-Round of Life from Howl's Moving Castle (here you go!) whilst walking along there it definitely feels fancy and long skirts quite possibly a must (especially if you've been reading Cold Comfort Farm or watching Downton Abbey).

Monday, 8 October 2012

So it begins!

I suppose this may end up sounding a little like my description but here goes! 
I've just started what is technically my 3rd week at the Arts University College Bournemouth, though the last two were more introductory, whereas today was (and last Friday too, now that I think about it) the beginning of units/ course lectures. 
So then! The first image is some perspective homework after a lecture on basic perspective- the task was to draw perspective of a building/part of one and then also an organic perspective (i.e. of a plant/forest/nature, which I don't think I'll be posting since I feel it's terrible :I )
The following images are of a few drawings from the first life drawing session. The one upside-down is like that on purpose- the exercise was to draw it that way (so the flipped version is on the right of it), which was MIND BOGGLING. I'm not completely happy with  these drawings but they're a start and hopefully they'll be fun to compare to in a year-or-so.

Drawing upside-down toes! Who knew it would be so confusing? Sorry for that they're photos of the drawings rather than a scan- I didn't want to wake my house-mates up with the noise.
This is some fun with one of my classmate's dip pen- I haven't got one yet but it's gone straight to the top of my list, it's so much fun to draw with so I can't wait to get some experimenting done!
The next few pictures are just from around Bournemouth c: