This week’s ‘Work from Home’ comes from Serena M F (S1, OLSP). It’s a fantastical pastel sketch taken from her sketch pad. Serena has worked tones and colours together to produce this weird, but interesting composition of a landscape and animal portrait. It reminds me of a film poster composition.
Poor Megan R (S2, OLSP) had given me lots of her drawings a while ago and I had created a draft post that was meant to go live last week, then something had gone wrong within WordPress and I had lost four posts, Megan R’s was one of them. Since then I have been promising Megan that her work will be aired and I haven’t had the chance to do that until tonight.
Megan is quite a breath of fresh air, she is incredibly keen and passionate about art, something that is now becoming extremely rare in these vain and technologically obsessed times we live in. Any scrap piece of paper is her canvas, any old pen, stubby pencil, her paintbrush.
She has also been working on some of her classwork at home. Megan is currently working on a relief piece on human achievement in class, her theme is ‘creativity’. She has no qualms about taking those ideas and pieces from the classroom and adding to them or finishing them at home. The true mark of an artist is that there is no time that is not a creative time. Art isn’t a nine to five job, it’s an instinct and this shows in Megan’s drive.
Michael C (S1) had given me this pattern sample a long time ago, and although he has been featured before, I thought this image was nice enough to allow him another few seconds of fame.
Bronwyn (S2) was a bit nervous about showing me these drawings, though I think there’s something really nice about them. Like storyboard sketches they capture moments from the film ‘Twilight’. Even though they are drawn on lined paper, I kind of like that, the throw away nature of them, a quick sketch on the nearest piece of paper.
We have two sketchbooks this weekend. The first is from Heather M (S1) and contains a majority of pastel pieces. Pastels are extremely hard to control, they are thick, dusty or oily and blunt very easily, so by continuing to practice and create, Heather is bettering her skills. She has been previously featured on The Art Classroom here, though she continues to expand her sketchbook and add sketches with different styles and emotions.
The second sketchbook is from David S (S1). David works mainly in ‘B’ pencils creating quick observational sketches like the ones below; A surveilance camera at a supermarket, a vase of flowers and a trainer.
Work from home submissions are like buses. You wait and wait for one and all of a sudden, three come along all at once. Let’s get started; Michael C (S1) gave me this little pattern ages ago, it had then been adorning my personal board above my computer at my desk. Michael is always creating patterns on graph paper. This one features the ying yang symbol which is a representation of good and evil.
Below Sean (S1) practices trying to draw himself in a mirror, something we had been exploring in class.
Kirsten (S1) explores the realms of the fantastical and returns with this coloured study of a dragon.
Cast your eyes on this piece by Heather in S1. She had these oil pastels and this pastel pad and thought she’d try out a few ideas. Pastels are very tough to use and Heather has tried hard, fighting against the pad’s textured paper and trying to keep control of the oil pastel’s sliding and inconsistent drawing tip. I like the theme of the work, it looks cold and dreary, the tree appears to be screaming through the blizzard. I have seen a few of Heather’s works before and they always seem to be of a single dramatic moment, so it makes me wonder what has just happened or what is just about to happen?