A Year in Review
I am so grateful for 2018. Not that it was all easy-peasy (it was not), but so much progress was made on all sorts of counts! I want to share with you the highlights of my year, so that we can remind ourselves of what we have accomplished together in 2018. Thank you, my readers, for this year, and may 2019 be the year of more fulfilling art routines!
The Year of the Portrait
There is no doubt that 2018 was the year of the portrait! From my first try at drawing from selfies to a complete e-course on my favourite method to draw a portrait with pencil, we engaged in quite a few projects together!
I am undertaking the 10 × 10 challenge this winter season with my wardrobe but, instead of photographing my minimal capsule wardrobe, I am going to draw it. Let’s go: 10 days, 10 pieces of clothing, 10 outfits (including a breton shirt – you know me by now!).
This is another example of how I draw a self-portrait with pencil using my personal formula. It features another checked shirt, a mug, and the face of someone who hasn’t slept long enough the night before!
Since I created my personal formula for drawing a portrait or a self-portrait with pencil, it seems that I just haven’t been able to stop drawing new portraits. This time I struck up the pose in a dotted dress.
You know how much I love drawing portraits with pencil. I enjoyed the self-portrait with a striped shirt so much that I decided to continue in that vein, with another portrait inspired by the art of Ingres. I have drawn quite a few portraits of people wearing a patterned top by now, and I am having a lot of fun varying the pattern of the shirt.
Lately, I have been very interested in portrait drawing, and, as always, looking for new sources to inspire me to improve. I happened to find this sketch from the Rijksmuseum. Its simplicity and warmth moved me.
When I drew a self-portrait for my About page, I naturally chose one of my favourite outfits: the breton shirt (organic cotton!) and jeans. For this project, I did not want to focus on the resemblance to the model as an individual, but to have fun with fashion and clothes. I created a mini capsule wardrobe: seven ways to wear the breton shirt, drawn with pencil.
How do you draw a self-portrait? I wondered how I could draw my portrait for my About page. Follow me in my quest for … resemblance?
I need a model! I want to sketch the same person in different attitudes. Well, I usually don’t like selfies, but for this I may very well make an exception. Let’s draw from selfies!
The year of the New Website
It took a while to change my website platform, but I am so happy with the look and feel of the new design. Not to mention that it is so much easier to navigate, browse on mobile, and search and organize – for you and for me! It also made it possible for me to create a mini-blog, with quick snapshots of my life in the atelier. I plan to share those with you in 2019 too.
The Year of the Hands
I kept on drawing hands, even in my New Year card! I am not afraid of drawing them any more. I am more amazed than ever by the emotion they can convey, and I have more projects with them in the new year!
Each year, I struggle to find an idea for my New Year cards, and after that I struggle even more to write them. But this year I saw it as a creative challenge and an opportunity to practise in several fields that interest me: drawing hands, ink drawing and digital drawing. That made it so much more interesting, and I learned a lot. Not to mention that it led to a result I like so much that I may actually write and send them this year (you never know …)!
I once confided to you that I was very scared of drawing hands. After completing various projects dedicated to them, I can tell you that it's getting better! I found that asking for help from artists of the past helped me learn how to draw hands.
I know – Vermeer again. I can’t help it. And hands and jewels again, because these details are so perfect. For the other projects with details, I used gouache, but this time around I chose coloured pencils on black paper, for a change!
Vermeer again, with a new detail: the pitcher from Young Woman with a Water Pitcher. I had to work with greens and blues to create the metallic effect. Who would have guessed that was the way to achieve this effect!!
There is absolutely no denying that the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer is my favourite artist … ever … in the entire world. In this project I singled out a detail of one of his masterpiece, and painted it with gouache on black paper for maximum effect.
Artists, beginners and experienced alike, are often afraid of drawing hands. So I decided that I needed to work on drawing hands to overcome my fear. Drawing pictures of three-dimensional objects is a very good practice for learning how to model the hand, so I chose a beautiful fragment of a Roman marble.
Drawing hands was one of the things I used to fear most when it came to drawing. So I decided to tackle the issue with various projects involving the drawing of hands. This project using the aux trois crayons technique is quick and simple, for maximum effect. Let’s try it!
Drawing hands was one of the things I used to fear most when it came to drawing. And I am pretty sure I was not the only one! So I decided to tackle the issue with various projects involving the drawing of hands. With this project I am using my own hand as a model for ink drawing with a fountain pen.
There was a lot more to 2018 (moving from London to France, among other things!), and a lot more projects that we did together. I have so many projects lined up for 2019! But, since one of my new resolutions is to take my time and to be mindful in my planning, let’s not rush things and just see how things unfold in 2019. Let me wish you