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I just finished the last semester of my sophomore year in college and I am very happy to be able to have time for my artwork again.  This weekend was the first of many that I will be able to spend drawing the figure without having to watch the clock. This summer, I won’t be taking any accredited courses.  Instead, I’ll either be spending my time alone in the studio or with my boyfriend and family, if plans work out.

The last few life drawing sessions haven’t been very fruitful.  I was too busy to practice during the week.  For a while, I’ll be using models from photographs until I can render quickly again.  All drawings are from observation, albeit the subjects are stationary, but never traced!  Tracing over images digitally is far too frustrating because photographs are already the colors they are supposed to be.  Also, there is no artistic challenge or growth involved for me if the work isn’t freehand.  After a while of drawing something seen, I can replicate its dimensions by imagination.

My life-long goal with developing skill is to know the dimensions of the male and female superficial anatomy and to be able to replicate them in any lighting or color!


The other night, I spent about three hours drawing  a kid from a photo.

Normally, I prefer to draw from life, but it’s good to get into the swing of things.  I started by painting just his eye, then realized that I needed to take a closer look before mixing colors.

Study of child:

study of child

Children are great models to draw from photos because they tend to be Photoshopped the least.  Their skin is always naturally toned and if you’re lucky, realistic eyebrows are in tact.

He has beautiful eyelashes, which were omitted from the sketch because I was more interested in preserving his expression.

While defining the orbit, I couldn’t help but wonder what he was thinking about during the snapshot.  I let my mind wander as I carefully shaped his face within context.  At one point, I grew concerned as to what burden a child could possibly carry.  Overrun with curiosity, I zoomed into his pupils and found the reflection of a swimming pool and a palm tree.  He apparently was getting ready to jump into a swimming pool.

Though he is left unfinished, I learned what I needed to from this drawing.  Altogether, I am fairly happy with it as is.

Clean Those Brushes!

Today, I began setting up a studio.  I don’t exactly have tons of space in my tiny house, but wherever my workspace is, there a studio will be.  I now have enough paint and basic supplies to get started.

Before I can paint, I need to clean the oil paint off of my favorite brushes.  They sat for an embarrassingly long time, but they are not lost.

Here is a great video I found on how to clean oil paint off of brushes:

My name is Jessie and I have loved art since I can remember learning to write my name.

That about covers it.

I work as an ophthalmic medical assistant, which is a really fun career most of the time.  I enjoy helping people and multitasking in a hurry.

Also, learning about ocular diseases and the physiological interpretations of light are just as interesting to me as how a person psychologically interprets a painting.

My mind is an alternative blend of art and science, though I need more than concrete, mathematical stimulation on a daily basis.  I need to step out of the box and create.

Right now my art supplies and I are like a married couple during a “dry spell” and it’s time we started dating again.

After all, there is no such thing as an artist that does not make art.

So, here I am, starting over again creatively in a candid portfolio.  Hi ho.

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