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Someone sent in the clowns…and corsets!

2 Apr

I went to Dr. Sketchy’s on Wednesday night, and it was a blast! The theme was “Clowns and Corsets”–you may recall that I drew a poster advertising it. I’ll admit it a bit odd at first, as I’ve never been a huge patron of the clowning arts, but we had two really great models. Plus, I love drawin’ me some corsets. I brought my watercolors with me this time, and that made the night both more challenging and more fun. I’ve come to really love working in color, especially with paint. Having this travel watercolor kit has taken a lot of the stress of painting away, since I don’t have to worry about carrying all my supplies separately and setting up/cleaning up takes so little time. I’m way more free now to paint casually and experiment more with the medium, which is a pretty big deal for someone like me who tends to agonize over every little aspect of a drawing.

Anyway, enough waxing poetic about my paint set! Time for some clowns!

Annabelle Buttons

Miss Annabelle Buttons, pictured above, is actually a professional clown! She was very animated and cheery and lots of fun to draw. We were a small and slightly quiet crowd that night, but she had us cracking up consistently. Well played, Ms. Buttons. Well played.

Funbags McGee

Funbags McGee was our other model for the night. She had this amazing tulle skirt on that was so much fun to paint! I’m afraid I haven’t fully done it justice in this drawing, although I am pretty proud of how it came out overall. She was actually holding a bunch of forceps in this pose that I didn’t draw due to lack of time…and, okay, mild squeamishness. I can’t help it–I get nervous when I see open scissors in such close proximity to someone’s rack! Perhaps I’m growing conservative in my old age. :P

I’ve got one more sketch from this session that I’ll try to post after I’ve put some finishing touches on it. In the meantime, I totally recommend finding out if there’s a Dr. Sketchy’s in your area. If there, you should definitely go…and if not, why not start one? :)

This is your brain. This is your brain on no sleep.

30 Mar

Ugh…I need to stop pulling all-nighters on blog update nights, you guys. I forgot to update because I spent all of Monday and Tuesday feeling like this:


CCS Industry Day is tomorrow, and I was determined to go all-out. I spent most of Monday making Leftovers Are Good Luck, a collection of my short comics that’ll be replacing Eat Up, Cat in my MoCCA debut lineup, and most of Tuesday fighting to stay awake and failing.

But hey, speaking of MoCCA, we finally received our table number! Bailey Sharp, Ben Juers, Max Mose, Paul Swartz, and I will be at table M10. We’ll have Em Sauter, Ryland Ianelli, and Jesse Mead on one side, and Beth Hetland, Ben Horak, Pat Barrett, and Josh Kramer on the other. (What an awesome sandwich!) We’ll also be in the same row as many other lovely CCSers, such as CJ Joughin, Canto, Billage, Andy Warner, Melanie Gillman, Nate Wooters, Dakota McFadzean, Holly Foltz, Denis St. John, Nomi Kane, and many more! If you’re going to be there, please come say hello!

I also mentioned in my previous entry that I’ll be teaching two comics workshops in Springfield, VT this summer. Some of the details have changed since the last time I mentioned it, so here are the final details:Let's Draw Comics with Lena!

Making Comics with Lena!

Come learn all the basics of making comics! We’ll pencil, ink, and letter our own comics starring our very own characters, and at the end of the week we’ll put it all together into a finished book. No experience necessary– if you like to draw, we’d love to have you!

The first session is for students 10-12 years old and will take place July 11-15 from 9:00-11:30 am. I’m going to be covering the basic terms, materials, and methods of making your own comics, including character design, backgrounds, and lettering. Plus, we’ll doing some really fun drawing activities, and at the end of the camp I’ll put the students’ work together into anthologies for everyone to take home. I’m so excited about teaching this!

The second session is for teens and older students and will take place July 25-29 from 9:00-11:30 am. I’ll cover the same basics as in the first session, since they can be beneficial for students of all ages, but I’ll be going into more detail and doing some extra activities. I’ll also put the students’ work from this camp into its own anthology for students to take home.

If you or someone you know is interested in either camp, you can find out more on the Vault Gallery’s website or at the gallery itself at 68 Main St., Springfield, VT. :)

All right, I figure I’ve talked your ears off enough for now. I’m off to Dr. Sketchy’s to draw some clowns in corsets! It’s gonna be tons of fun, so if you’re in the WRJ area, you should definitely stop by! :)

Clowns in corsets!

28 Feb

This is a brand new adventure in alliteration for me! Last week it was h-words; this week, it’s c-words.

…maybe I should rephrase that.

Anyway, you guys might remember my post last week about Dr. Sketchy’s in WRJ. I love figure drawing (have I mentioned that before, maybe?) and had a blast at the last one, so when I found out they needed a poster for the next event, I was all over it. Here’s the design I came up with:

Clowns in Corsets! Coming to WRJ on March 30!Overall, I’m pretty happy with how it came out. It was fun to come up with so many poses, and this is pretty much the first drawing of a car that I feel came out well. Maybe it’s the model? I guess all my comics will have to star VW Beetles from now on. It was a challenge to get the colors just right–for the figures to really read as clowns, their outfits had to strike this strange balance between complimentary and clashing colors. If the colors look too coordinated, they look too neat to be clowns. I really wish I’d had time to do shading for all the figures, but it’s getting down to thesis crunch time so I couldn’t justify spending another whole day on it.

No matter how I feel about the poster, though, I am super excited that Dr. Sketchy’s is gonna be a regular fixture in town this semester! If you guys have any opportunity to stop by on Mar. 30th, you absolutely should. The models are great, the drawing is fun, and the giveaways are an awesome bonus. (Last time, they gave out T-shirts, a bottle of wine, and a sketchbook and pencil set, among other things.) You can order tickets in advance here. I’ll be there for sure–will you?

First hula hoops, now hobos and hipsters!

23 Feb

What h-word will I draw inspiration from next? Comment if you have any suggestions. :P

On the (only slightly) more serious side, last week White River Junction hosted its very own Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School session! For those of you that haven’t heard of it, Dr. Sketchy’s is this lovely Venn diagram of figure drawing, burlesque, and elaborate themed costumes. I was super excited to go for the first time, and it was pretty awesome. Here are a few sketches:

20-minute Dangeresque sketch

Dangeresque may have had the best stage name of everyone there. I guess that could also have been her real name; maybe her parents just knew that she’d be a superhero/villain, international spy, or eccentric burlesque model. I’m proud of how her hand and the perspective on her legs turned out, but I wish I’d done better with the bindle and suitcase.

10-minute Adora sketchWe had really great models at this session. They had funky costumes (as you can see) and gave us a nice mix of five-, ten-, and twenty-minute poses. Adora–pictured above–was my favorite, I think, but I think that may just have been because she had the same knee-high sneakers that I do.

…Man, that was just about the most hipster-y thing I could have qualified that statement with. Oof.

But speaking of hipsters, that hipster Little Mermaid meme that’s been going around lately made me think of this:

Hipster Nausicaa

This is something I drew a while ago when we were reading Miyazaki’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and were simultaneously making a lot of hipster jokes. Is it funny to anyone else but me? THE WORLD MAY NEVER KNOW.

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