Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Back to class: Head drawing, experienced models.

This week was my back to school week...I am slowly readjusting to the early wake up, the commuting and the homework load.
Today I had my first head drawing class...and I totally LOVED IT.
One model in the morning and model in the afternoon, around 2 hours and half for pose, red and white pencil on toned grey paper.
I havent been practicing direct portrait in over two years so let's call today a warm up! I am very pleased with the final drawings.


and HER:

Apparently we started today with more experienced models and every week we will be drawing always younger models... VERY COOL!

looking forward to the next class already!

Off to some nice dinner, walking the dog and then chillaxing on the sofa!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Ettore, Vector drawing


Digital drawing with Illustrator.

 Ettore is behaving well :) thank you Stefi!!! Giving me plenty of time to work on his welcome present :)

This is the digital drawing finishes a couple of days ago, now I am painting the same on a 10x10inches canvas, is taking longer than expected! 

The Academy started again this week and I am already overwhelmed with homework and new projects, but is all very exciting!

In the mean time we have been very fortunate here at Ocean Beach, enjoying a very summery weekend with amazing sunsets.
Here are just a couple of pictures  :

Friday, January 23, 2015

Ettore, work in progress!

For the past couple of weeks we had some family visiting us over here and there was no time at all left for art making ! Not a free minute, believe me!!
But I am back to normality now and I am currently working on a digital drawing.
Is taking me some time since I was a bit out of practice but I am slowly getting there!

Step 1:
 pencil  drawing

Step 2:
vector drawing with Illustrator:

This is what I have at the moment:

Back to work now! Need to be quick!
I wanna be finished before Ettore decide to come out :)

Sunday, January 4, 2015

The Chemistry of love part one: Dopamine, Oil on canvas 9x12 inches

The chemistry of love: Dopamine.
9x12 inches
oil on canvas

 Valentine's is approaching and I started a new series of painting about the chemicals that make us so crazy in love.

The first one is Dopamine. This chemical stimulates 'desire and reward' by triggering and intense rush of pleasure. It has the same effect on the brain as taking cocaine!
Researchers says that signs of surging dopamine are : increased energy, less need for sleep or food, focused attention and exquisite delight in smallest detail of the novel relationship.
In a nutshell Dopamine is thought to be the "pleasure chemical", producing a feeling of bliss.

I' ll be not be painting for 2 weeks or so, we have some family&friends coming over from Europe and I will be super busy doing the tourist guide over here : ).
Hopefully I ll find some time for sketching! That would make me very happy!

Ciao for now !

A selfie of us today :)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Begin....painting :)

 work in progress.

There is something romantic about the first day of the year and the resolutions that comes with it.
My goal for the first day of new year was to be done with this painting. Unfortunately I am not! :)
Hopefully by the weekend it will be.

It was sunny and lovely today and I started off with a beautiful run.
Then cleaning, cooking and painting ... my usual daily routine anyway I wish I cleaned less and painted more today :)

 Me and Mona this morning.

Hope you all had a beautiful begin of the year!