Thursday, June 30, 2011

My New Drawing Class

Drawing II is going to be amazing!! Very different from Drawing I, which I also loved, but that is good. I like to learn new things and I like to be challenged in different ways and this class is going to do it! 
My professor is John Rise (click here if you are interested in seeing his website). Daniel and I actually became friends with him and his wife when we all still lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Never in a million years did I think I'd be taking a drawing class from him in Savannah!
The drawings you see on these Strathmore paper pads (and there are more) are all from his student from the same class I am taking. And this kind of quality is not the exception - impressive!!
We are going to be working on five projects: subtractive charcoal, additive charcoal, graphite, and two watercolor drawings. And we'll be working from the same huge still life John has constructed in the classroom. Some of you (I'm thinking of Anne and Elena particularly) would love it - it has all kinds of old, rusted, frayed things like lots of rope, old bicycle wheels, stools, old wooden trunks, window panes, fabric, wooden ladders, and much, much more!
For this first project, we had to do quite a few thumbnail sketches, decide on one, and then prep our paper with and soft pastel in an earth tone (I chose burnt sienna) and powdered charcoal to create a mid-tone value. To that we'll add the darker values and lift out the highlights.
I have a feeling that I'm going to be spending many hours in this classroom and I am looking forward to it all!!


  1. Wow! Thats great Silke! Sounds like you will have an amazing time! Looking forward to seeing your work as you go along! Your excitement is pouring out of this post! xo

  2. I forgot to say that I think it is soooo cute that even Ramses loves Landlust!!! tooo cute...I wish you luck in your newest class...sounds great...what fun you will have!

  3. Life-long-learning!


  4. Can't wait to see the creations you make, Silke! Enjoy! Hope you and yours have a wonderful 4th of July weekend!!! :)

  5. So glad to hear that the class is getting off to a fantastic start! I'm looking forward to seeing what you do this time around!

  6. I am looking forward to seeing your talents develop further with this new class.
    LandLust is really an exceptional magazine with interesting articles written on a wide variety of topics. I think they have been hugely successful, because there has been a surge of similar magazines on the market, since they started publishing.

  7. das klingt phantastisch. Und ich musste gestern so an Dich denken, als im, Fernsehen ein Werbespot für LandLust kam:-)

  8. You are going to become a pro!!!

  9. Have a wonderful time Silke!!
    Have a great weekend too!

  10. Das ist wundervoll Silke.
    Ich wünsche dir ganz viele tolle neue Eindrücke und Inspirationen.
    Viel Spaß und schönes Wochenende

  11. Hi Silke - I really do get excited when you try out new medias - this is going to be wonderful. You have the magic touch when it comes to artistic renderings - you will do wonderful things in this class. I look forward to seeing the things you create!