Bodily dragging myself through this book. I can see Calvino is doing a thing but I just don’t care.
I haven’t posted much this week but I did finish this embroidery and that’s the important thing.
Anonymous asked: Can you share any tips/good resources for life drawing? I adore your sketches :))
Thank you! If you’ve never been life drawing before have a look for a tutored class, that should help you learn what to expect from each session and how to get the most out of it.
Outside of the class itself, have a look at the work of George Bridgeman, his books are very helpful in learning the importance of gesture as well as construction in life drawing. Also look at Andrew Loomis, especially if you need help understanding how to draw areas like the head and hands.
You can also practice in day to day life, draw people in coffee shops or on the bus (as long as you’re fairly certain no one will take offence). You usually only have a few seconds to capture someone and trust me these drawings will look like complete shit for a while but you’ll learn how to get down the gesture of someone in fewer and fewer strokes and that’s one of the biggest hurdles in life drawing (if you’re not sure what I’m on about when I say ‘gesture’ do a google image search on ‘life drawing gesture’ and there’s some really good examples).
Also, I don’t frequent conceptart.org anymore but have a look in their Fine Art forum, there are threads on life drawing and portraiture that go back years and there’s a lot of inspiration and advice in there.
It’s nearly impossible to set a stack of books on fire without some kind of accelerant, the paper is too close together to allow enough oxygen for the fire to take hold.*
Always light candles by large piles of flammable things.
*Things you learn in your first week working in a bookshop
Anonymous asked: Do you write annotations on your books? They look lovely on that photo you have taken!
That’s a copy of S. by Doug Dorst and J. J. Abrams, a ‘fictional’ novel with a second story being told through the notes in the margins of the book itself. It’s pretty cool, I’d check it out if you can :)
(Incidentally I do annotate my books, but they rarely look so picturesque)
After a bit of internal debating I picked out a top 10 of books. There’s some notable omissions, some inclusions that I may well change my mind about in the near future, but what I’m 100% certain about is that I love these books, so that will do.
From the top,
Equus by Peter Shaffer
Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote
The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty
Thursbitch by Alan Garner
The Aleph and other stories by Jorge Luis Borges
O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
Idylls of the King by Tennyson
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
The Aleph is in there more as a representation of Borges’ works than a definite pick, I went for that copy because I like that translation the best. The Goldfinch is of course a recent entry but one that shot straight into top 5 territory as soon as I read it.
I think I say ‘favourite’ when I find myself constantly going back to a book and re-reading sections, when I find myself thinking of these titles constantly even when reading something else. I suppose they are my ‘literary landscape’ and are landmarks by which everything else I read is judged.