Thursday, June 22, 2017

Gesture - Movement

For these drawings, I repeated the same pose in order to capture
a sense of the body in motion, especially the position of the hip and the curve
of the spine. These were from my drawing class last semester and in the background
are other drawings from another session based on volume and shape of the figure.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Old photo

Another drawing from my journal, this was from an old photo I found in the family album,
I liked the car of course! I drew this small with a pen and added some colour.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Under the trees

There is an area near the foodcourt on campus that has these trees, they're
broad and huge and full of shade. Cars are parked near by as well and there are
benches which are very inviting to sit and have lunch or just to read.

Friday, June 16, 2017


I pass by these trees all the time on my way to get lunch while I'm on campus and
I like how they are both so different. Trees do add something to the ambience of a
place of learning and I like when the wind blows and I can stare at
their tiny leaves twirling, twisting and falling.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Line Drawing

My neighbour's garden has interesting plants and trees and every time I look at it
I see something new. I drew this early one morning while my house was still quiet and
everybody else was asleep. I think drawing this detailed strengthens the observational skills.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Sketching my dog

I have tried drawing my dog and he will never stay still for long so
I drew him at different times, catching a bit of him here and there.

I like that I got some interesting poses and I also got to do some detail too.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Sketching quick!

This was a really quick sketch I did of a group of students on campus, people
don't sit for very long especially morning time when they are just grabbing a quick
breakfast or a chance to smoke before heading off to class. I felt the best chance of
getting the whole scene was to use a mixture of contour and gesture.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Drawing Friends

It was our last class and we didn't have a model, we got the chance to finish up
on some more drawings of our choice and one of my friends decided to pose. It was
so much fun to just draw each other that day, it's the best way sometimes when you don't
have a model or access to a drawing class.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Quick Sketch - Male Model

Before the drawing class session begins, sometimes I have just enough time to capture
a quick sketch before the model goes into the pose. We had a male model that particular day
and I like when I can vary between the male and female form, I learn so much more.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Drawing - Observation

Drawing the figure can't be done without observing people
in everyday poses. These I did before drawing class as a warm up exercise
because for me, I need to do a little sketching before my studio drawings
to loosen up my hand and mind. These were done under 15 minutes.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Cinema Eyes

A poem by Una Marson, I found her poems recently and for my poetry reading
I selected this one. I like the narrative she's telling and I hope you enjoy reading it too!

The Figure - Gesture

Drawing in gesture, I believe, is one of the most easiest ways of getting a sense of a figure, in whatever pose; not only in an action pose. For these, I was really loose in my hand movement and I held the pencil probably close to the top to avoid making rigid lines which would have been opposite to what we were supposed to do for this class exercise. The results were continuous rhythmic lines. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Drawing the Female Model

For the final week of my drawing class, we had the option to draw
whatever we wanted. I did this one in my journal, the model was so good at
giving great poses and I really liked this one where she is seated just at the edge of the
chair but propped up by that back leg. I love drawing the figure in studio, there's so
much to learn from observing the human body.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Charcoal III

Not too far from my house I see this mango tree through the window of my studio.
I should also mention that all of the charcoal drawings of the trees I'm posting were drawn
using vine charcoal. Although I felt like this one in particular looked a little like pencil. 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Charcoal II

Another tree I completed using charcoal. This one was also done one morning while
on campus and the figure I included came into my view as I sketched, I didn't plan to include
anything else but I think having that person there gave the image some more depth.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Charcoal I

One of the things I love about being on campus is observing the various plants and trees.
This tree I probably looked at a few times or maybe many times on my way to class till one
morning I just decided to draw it. The shape at the base is so strange, the way it is twisted
and this drawing isn't really showing how tall, huge and old this tree actually is,
I used charcoal to complete it instead of going to my familiar tool – the pencil and
I was really happy with the final drawing.

Friday, June 2, 2017

A review of my first year

I just completed my first year reading for my degree at UWI! This semester I did my usual five courses which included: poetry, art education 2, drawing, history of narrative cinema and colour (a painting class). Two factors which affected my course selection were the class schedules and availability of courses because some courses were not offered in both semesters and courses do get cut for whatever reason. I learned this semester that being a university student means adapting, shifting and making the best of the opportunities to complete the degree. One of the courses that I've had an interest in has been film and I've decided to do it as a minor with my lit major. Learning the historical content for this course was overwhelming at first for me but gradually I got to understand the different techniques that have made films what they are today. I have a deeper appreciation and understanding for films. Art education is another fascinating course as it is so much more than just about teaching art. This semester involved more research and learning about the theories and theorists from art education and education, there was also some historical data I had to research too. Poetry, I got exposed to so many different types of poems: traditional and modern and my lecturer always made it interesting. Drawing and colour classes were familiar areas for me but I must say I learnt new things with every assignment and I was surprised at times at what I was capable of doing. Sometimes the thing you think you know about teaches you so much more when you're placed in a different setting! Everything is broadening my mind beyond what I expected and I'm loving every aspect of this process. 

An acrylic painting I did in my journal as an assignment for my painting class.
The location is on campus and I completed it from a picture I took.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

More Cars!

Today I'm showing you the other drawings of old cars from my drawing
journal I mentioned in an earlier post. I found these online and I thought
that they all had their own unique shape that I love.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Drawing Cars

Soon after I began drawing cars in my journal, I got interested in taking it further
and I started digging up some old family photo albums to find old vintage looking cars.
I'm not sure about the name of this one but I liked the odd shape and the two door style.
Sometimes one thing leads to another when I'm drawing...

This one is also from my journal, a car I saw parked on my street.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Drawing the figure

I absolutely love drawing the figure in studio and every week for our drawing class
we had one or two models (male or female) to draw but this one I'm
posting was from my journal. The larger class drawings I'll have to take some
pictures to share those with you.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Drawing outdoors

I did this drawing in my journal/sketchbook for my drawing class this semester. This class was more advanced compared to the introductory class I did in my first semester. I enjoyed this class because I challenged myself to draw outdoors and on a more regular basis. Sometimes I gave myself a time frame, meaning I told myself I'm going to draw for an hour or less depending on how much time I had between classes. Drawing on campus gives me a little bit of everything, buildings, trees, people, cars etc. I found myself drawing a lot of cars in my journal which lead to drawing old cars but more about that another day! The drawing above was part of one of the many car parks on campus.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Contour Drawing

The semester is over! For some reason this semester I felt really exhausted, it
feels like my first year just flew by...yes I just completed my first year and I survived
the many readings, assignments, tight deadlines and exams. I'll post a little more on this
later this week and look out for some new sketch book things too.

The sketch above is a contour drawing of cars in a car park on campus.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

In a Row

I loved these trees, saw them on campus and wanted
to draw them for a while. I did this in my small black sketch book.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

A Review

As promised I'm giving you a quick review about my first term at the University of the West Indies. So last semester I did these courses: prose, drama, art ed, foundation english and intro to drawing. I've got five (5) courses per semester and I chose to do electives from visual arts, so I did an introductory drawing class; to learn, to review, to have fun drawing and a new area that I've never really put much thought into was Art Education. Now this course was no joke, meaning I had readings and videos to review every week which definitely stretched my mind! I had to also keep a journal to record my readings, thoughts and observations, surprisingly I did very well in this course and I decided to do Art Ed 2 this semester. I'm also doing a Drawing class again this semester which is more advanced with a focus on the human figure, doing practical courses does balance the other courses where their is a lot of readings; I absolutely need that balance. I've been making some new friends as well and I'm enjoying the friendships I've created and above all else that would definitely stay with me long after I complete my degree. This was a brief recap about my previous semester, I'll post later about my subjects this semester and an interesting one I'm doing is in film!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

My first semester!

I just completed my first semester! I did five courses that I enjoyed doing, the next semester begins this month and already I'm feeling that my time at UWI is going to fly by quickly. My first semester wasn't by any means perfect, I had a few challenges but overcame them by not giving up. Balancing five courses and family life is challenging but doing my Degree in Literature is what I've wanted to do  and thinking about that makes me happy. I'm looking forward to semester two and all it has to offer, I'll do my best to give more updates and some details about the courses I did in my first semester. Happy New Year to you!

Quick Sketch

This is a quick sketch I did near the literary department at UWI while I was waiting
to enter my class. I really liked this view because the roof of the Alma Jordan Library
created a frame for the courtyard.