I love life drawing. Getting into a state of being in the present. With quick poses I find myself both wanting to capture my impression, and at the same time being more open to the mistakes or surprises that a one minute pose often brings with it.
The Swedish Artists Association organises drop-in life drawing sessions, but lately I've been favouring the drawing sessions that the Museum of Dance arrange. One week it can be a ballet dancer, next an African dancer, a modern dancer, or a flamenco dancer. How about tango? The dancer dances to music, and stops to hold a pose for one, two or three minutes. Occasionally you get a five minute pose, but those are rare.
In the sketch above, I wanted to capture the dancer's motion with pastels. The pink figure at the back is the dancer dancing before she briefly freezes into the figure at the front drawn in red. On this particular occasion I was experimenting with a new colour palette, pastels as well as expressing my impression of motion. Challenging and fun!
I really enjoy these sessions, and the work that comes out of sketches can often have a more spontaneous, energetic and lively feeling than the kind of work one polishes and refines into a finished piece. Flicking through my sketchbook, I thought I'd create a new section in my portfolio dedicated to sketches, as a way to display these studies that nobody but me usually gets to see, but that have so much life and character of their own.
Here's my presentation of a cell phone cover for the gift market with a design based on my cuckoo clock sketches. I've drawn the iPhone 5s model for the mockup with vectors. The prototype includes a coordinating mobile phone wallpaper, my colour palette and my name.
Here are my final illustrations for my cuckoo clock project. I named the illustrations Schwarzwald, because my first sketch was inspired by the original clocks that were made in that part of Germany.
I had tremendous problems choosing which of my sketches I would take to the next stage, and ended up selecting the one that's most true to the traditional clocks, leaving my other variations as possible candidates for further explorations.
My sketches had a whimsical, imaginative, and folksy feeling to them, and I wanted to create a bit of an edge by setting that mood off a little with the style I created for them. What I came up with is this style that gives you the feeling of a slightly offset print. I've used pastels to create the grainy colour strokes and for the background I made a hand painted texture to bring more life into the artwork.