Friday, June 24, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
|What the place offered|
|Daryll Alvero's fine sketches shows such maturity for a young lad|
|Buz Teach's Sketches|
|Janeil Arlegui's Sketches|
|The view outside|
A worthwhile great rock concert was held in the art-deco Metropolitan Theatre. Wolfgang, a Filipino rock band had a successful 3 hour concert. Basti, the lead singer is quite concerned with the state of our heritage structures, and having the concert here was a message that these structures should be used and kept alive. He emailed me one day to ask permission to use one of my painting images of the Met. Unfortunately, it did not make it for the printing on time. He gave me an all access pass, and I made use of it walking all over the place in sketching the concert. Enjoyed the whole show. Awesome band!
Monday, June 13, 2011
The cemetery grounds and Memorial.
Looking down the Memorial hallway at some of the panels that make up the "Wall of Missing".
This past Sunday (12 June), I visited the Manila American Cemetery, a 21-acre memorial site dedicated to the American soldiers & sailors who lost their lives fighting in the Pacific War Operations in 1941-45. The cemetery was dedicated in 1960, and contains over 17,000 grave markers; the memorial contains marble panels etched with 36,286 names of those soldiers "missing in action", including many Philippine fighters - soldiers whose remains were never found at battles throughout Asia & the Pacific. Inside the halls beautiful mosaic tile maps tell the visual & written history of the battles.
It's a quiet and peaceful site to visit; few visitors were there on a hot Sunday. As I walked through the green lawns of markers and the marble memorial I tried to comprehend the huge loss of lives caused by this war over 65 years ago. I felt emotional for the losses on all sides, not just of the Americans - such a tragic waste of human life due to war.
I sketched for several hours in the memorial hall and underneath the trees, surrounded by the markers. I thought of all these young men who "never came home", and I felt fortunate to be alive today and to record my impressions of this special place.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
|I use a brown lead pencil|
|Just sketch light relating each form and proportion|
|I don't really layout, just imagine where things will fall.|
|I was standing for 3 hours on the same spot.|
|I used both pages for a long panoramic in this case|
|You can get clues of where lines start and end by relating to forms you have already created.|
|Background penciling has the lightest tone.|
|It's important for me to have warm underwash for a glow later, especially for shadows.|
|Since I used yellow, I then used it complimentary color - purple to have this balance temperature.|
|I then start to color materials after the two pigment washes.|
|Start shaping the plant more vividly.|
|Contrast the little areas to differentiate of planes with more darker blues or purples for the final.|
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Monday, June 6, 2011
Ok, I admit that old buildings & ruins interest me much more as sketching subjects than most examples of modern architecture. Some of my favorite subjects to draw may include any of the following: chipped paint, mould, broken & rusting objects and sense of disorder.
I had been eyeing the ruins of the Aduana Customs House in Intramuros for almost 2 months; it's a classic example of ruins - a 135-year old stone building, destroyed in turn by the bombings of Manila in 1945, a fire in 1979, and due to general neglect since. And it's slightly out of the main tourist belt of Intramuros, so many people probably miss it.
I had to sketch my view of the interior looking through the gated windows - it's guarded & closed to the public, to keep squatters out. Looking in at the array of mouldy, scorched arches and cracked & chipped stone beams exposed to the sky gave me a thrill, and a sense of the history of this place!
The old rusting cement mixer sitting amongst the weeds & broken cement was an added bonus to the sketch.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Friday, June 3, 2011
|Sketching the new students help me associate their names. I have 40 of them to know and sketching helps a lot.|
|Observing people through sketching is like jotting notes about them|
|Model studies with Agos Kulay watercolor group|
The process of drawing includes: looking, seeing, responding, improvising, feeling, discovering, negotiating, designing, reasoning, enquiring, translating, scrutinizing, ordering, mapping, objectifying, exploring, measuring, documenting, and communicating. It helps you pay attention to things a whole lot better what is presented in front of you or an idea your mind is processing. It has the most direct and fundamental connection between what your consciousness being recorded tangibly on paper.
Keep in mind that the process (the act of sketching) is more important than the product (what is sketched on the paper).