I think I'm treating this blog like a personal venue for ranting/self-centered criticisms and very personal thoughts. Don't worry, you're not my psychologist. The last narcissistic thing I'll say is that this past Wednesday was the first class period since the semester started in which I've had fun. I really enjoyed myself and felt relaxed and able to just draw without my brain paralyzing me. Whew.
A few class periods ago I brought up Ralph Steadman's work and I was met with blank stares. I would treat you all to Hell's Kitchen so you could see his work, but it's expensive and the food has declined in quality since they moved into their new location (what is this now, a food critic blog?), SO, here's a link instead to his work. I think he's marvelously grotesque and his imagery has stuck with me since I was a wee lass. www.ralphsteadman.com Also, if anyone is familiar with Hunter S. Thompson (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and other works, alias of Gonzo, etc...), Thompson and Steadman were close friends until Thompson killed himself. I love Ralph Steadman's work, I think he's a genius. And if there are any vino lovers in class, Steadman makes some killer labels for wine companies. If you're not sure about the wine's quality, a groovy label can be a good giveaway of how awesome the wine is, and, well, I've always been delighted by wine bottles that boast Steadman's work (wow, this is a food critic blog now. Stay focused...) Just throwing it out there.
Anyway, I digress. Nice work everybody on the complex modified contour drawings! They looked fantastic. I was really elated to see them. Already I can tell that our class, as a unit and as individuals, has grasped these ideas we've been taught and have exercised and they're showing up in our work. We're improving I think. Patience will only render lovelier results as the semester advances.
I'm curious if people are sticking with one organic object for their drawing assignment or if they're doing a variety? I though one subject matter would be cool: I was thinking of drawing elements of human anatomy, but I've already got spinach leaves for my scribbles and a grapefruit for the dot/dash assignment. I ask because I know my project will consist of edible organic forms and parts of the human body (although if you're a cannibal you could say that the human body counts as an edible organic form.)
I think I've said enough. Peace and chicken grease.