Watch Your Tone Buddy

Tones was the focus for this week. We worked on a variation of tones in our drawings for this session. We had to bring in a couple of objects to be the focus: a cube shaped object and a spherical object. This week instead of pencil we used charcoal, chalk, an eraser and sugar paper.

I found this quite challenging as I’m someone who’s comfortable using pencil as a drawing tool but getting out of one’s comfort zone is a good thing as it leads to growth. So, without further ado, here are the drawings:

The very top drawing is my final piece from the session. The others are from my fellow students who were kind enough to allow me to photograph their work. It’s amazing what charcoal can do when applied to paper. I’m not too pleased with my outcome but the works of my classmates clearly display what the tool is capable of and how using a variation of tones can enrich a drawing. Why wasn’t I satisfied with my work, well for several reasons. One is that I took too long to get started (I took time positioning the objects, observing and so forth) so anxiousness and the feeling of rushing overtook me when it came down to business. I draw best when relaxed so it wasn’t a good combination. Secondly I misunderstood one of the tasks for the drawing for the top right. Instead of drawing from outside in, I drew from inside out. It was simply a bad day at the office, well studio.

Anyhow, with all that said I realised the power of the tool and how beautiful it can be on a canvas. Anne, our tutor, tends to make us show our work to each other after each task. It’s beneficial. It gives each of us an opportunity to see how the other person tackled a particular task plus it shows the different styles we all have. It’s a beautiful thing.

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Shoes wisely

This post is about a two week project. We were asked to bring in a pair of shoes that was to be the main focus of the sessions. I chose a pair that I hardly wore. One of my classmates brought in a pair he’d found on his way to the class. Funny guy. Always has a funny story to tell. The first couple of tasks concentrated on composition and negative space.

Above are drawings of shoes I created. The first two from right to left are from the class and the third is a quick sketch from home. For the middle drawings we were tasked with a compositional exercise as well as a white space exercise. For the composition exercise I took time to position the shoes on the canvas i.e. drawing a central vertical and horizontal line, and later working on the important shapes. For the white space exercise, it was more abstract because of the shading. So I was working outside in. The drawing to the left was the final drawing on an A1 piece of paper. More detailed. Although I failed to finish it I was fairly satisfied with what it would look like once complete.

Drawing Session 2

This time around the focus was on exploring space between two objects. We also looked at the negative spaces between the objects, exploring the interesting shapes. We used charcoal instead of pencil this time.

I chose a bottle and a fruit (plum) as my two objects. As a warm up exercise we experimented with the charcoal by creating lines and cross hatches, using the eraser and smudging was encouraged. This helped us get used to the charcoal as a tool.

I found drawing between two objects quite challenging. One had to observe the space on the staged set and then calculate how to interpret it on the canvas. I learned to concentrate on the structure before going into the cosmetics i.e. the details. For the bottom drawing, we concentrated on the negative/white space by using charcoal.

I enjoyed this session because it gave me an opportunity to work on a tool I’m not used to using.

Let the Drawing Journey Begin

I just started a short course on drawing and it’s going great so far. It takes place once a week on a Tuesday evening. It’s been a long time coming but I’ve finally submitted myself unto a drawing course. It’s perfect for me. It’s tailor made for beginners and those wishing to get a grasp of the basics.

I enjoy drawing. I really do but I would like to get better and to understand the concepts of drawing. I would like to get a solid foundation of the fundamentals of drawing.

The first session was all about exploring space and drawing from a single object. I found the exercises fun and relaxing.

Above are examples of using eclipses to draw an object from observation. From right to left: A demonstration from the tutor and the a structural drawing and photocopy of one of Picasso’s paintings.

Here are my drawings from the class. Actually, the drawings to the left were done at home after class. We did other drawing exercises too. The method was to create a structure and foundation for the object through eclipses (squished circles) without worrying too much about the cosmetics side of things i.e. the details. It made me think in a different way. It made me see the objects in a different way. Normally I jump straight in without thinking about the shapes so much.

So that’s all folks. I’ll be back with another post next week. Ciao for now!

The Villainous Voice Over

As promised here’s the voice over I did for the character Lazarus in an audio series titled The Last Dire. Lazarus is the mentally unstable antagonist of the series. He constantly has a change of mood due to his insanity, because of this he was a very fun character to play. Below is chapter 4 of the series where my character is introduced.

‘Til next time folks! Adios amigos!

All Things Voice Over

Howdy folks! I’m finally back with a post to do with all things voice over. Right bang on my birthday! The last time I did that was when it was warm i.e. summer! It’s actually rather warm again, with the hottest day of the year recorded at the weekend just past.

So, voice over huh? You still doing that? Answer: Yep! Although I’ve been absent blogging wise, I’ve managed to work on a few projects. I recently finished doing a coupe of character voice overs and a voice over for a webinar.

Shattered Realm. It’s a story about how two sisters are thrown into the midst of a war between two worlds. They were mysteriously separated and find themselves in the two different worlds. They have to figure out a way to reunite and make peace. Little do they know, they may just be fulfilling a prophecy. Check out the pilot video above!

I voiced the character ‘Razakel’. It was fun but boy oh boy did it take a long time to record. This was due to having a stop-start recording session. I recorded in my room, like I always do, but I had to stop at times due to background noise (talking, vehicles etc) and then record a little later. It was a little bit frustrating and I was a little worried about the consistency. The longer it took the more tired I got. The creator hit me up and asked if I could deliver the lines sooner than originally planned so I stayed up all night recording the lines. All in all however, It was really fun doing the voice over for Razakel. He’s an egotistical,short-tempered and power hungry character so I had fun being just that.

Above: Voice over I did for the YouTube channel smartandrelentless. They’re a YouTube channel that deals with topics surrounding Christianity. I’ve done a couple of voice overs for them.

What else? Well, I’ve done a few Librivox readings which was fun and always a good way to practice and I just finished recording for an audio series which should be completed in the near future. When it’s done, I’ll make a post. So, my voice over journey continues. ‘Til next time!

The French Journey Continues

Bonjour mes amis, ca fait plutot longs temp quand j’ecrive en francais. En fait c’est la premier fois que j’ecrive au sujet de francias cette annee. C’est vrai! So, if you didn’t quite get what I just wrote, I simply stated the fact that it has been a long while since my last post on the subject of the French language. French is a language I’ve been learning on and off for a good while. French is a language I would like to be able to speak fluently.

Something I may not have mentioned in my previous posts on the subject of French is that one of the reasons I would like to learn another language is due to my travel experiences. If you speak the native language of a country that you’re in, it opens up a whole new world (Aladdin style!). The locals tend to really appreciate it and because of that you have a better experience than if you didn’t. For my current job, visitors from all over the world visit my workplace and I love interacting with them in their native languages. I’ve learned basic greetings and phrases from languages such as Spanish, Italian, Korean and Japanese. Something simple as a reaction to me saying ‘Arigatou’ or ‘Stammi bene’ from a visitor can really make my day. It makes me want to learn languages and travel.

Jan French Stats

Jan Stats

Feb Stats

Feb Stats

March French Stats

March Stats

Above: Most of my learning consists of listening.

So, with the year truly up and running and my birthday just around the corner, I realise that I really need to kick on with the French language and build on what I have picked up thus far. The journey must go on. Because ultimately that’s all that it is; a journey. The French journey continues.