Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Nudes at The Society of Illustrators

Another fun drawing experience at The Society Of Illustrators, this time the Tuesday Sketch Night, with two nude models.

Veronica Lawlor and Margaret Hurst were drawing there as well, so keep an eye on One Drawing a Day blog to see their beautiful art from this evening!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Scooter LaForge Fashion

Last Thursday, April 2nd, I went to the Society of Illustrators for their weekly Thursday Sketch Night, hosted by fashion illustrator Bil Donovan, and it happened to be "An Evening with Scooter LaForge", modeled by Arielle Harp and Kendall Weber (aka Sailor Moon). Scooter was on the model stand as well, for one pose. Here he is!

Scooter LaForge

We were told to look out for next week's Jimmy Fallon show with Madonna's performance: Scooter LaForge is dressing her back-up dancers, and this was a sneak peak of the clothing he's creating. I was so excited to draw, and my favorite accessory was this huge blue eye ball on a stick, covered with glittering spangles. I loved the graphics and shapes of Scooter's mish-mash-scribbly-patched-layered-torn-glittered-leather-plad aesthetics, which Ronnie (Veronica Lawlor) described as "gritty funkiness of the 1980s East Village". Check out her drawings in this eloquent post.  Also, look for Despina Geordiadis and Greg Betza posts with drawings of the event as well. At the end of the night, as Scooter, Sailor Moon, Ronnie and I were stuck on the subway platform waiting for the F for forever, we talked about our love of Picasso and Matisse, among other things. Scooter was holding a big black trash bag. With costumes. Just like that.

Anelle Miller, Executive Director of the Society of Illustrators, on the Model Stand

Monday, March 30, 2015

Drawing Music :: Synaesthesia Social Workshop with Veronica Lawlor

Jamie Orfanella and Leo Schott

This past Sunday I had a fun opportunity to drive up to Scranton, PA, with my mentors & dear friends who founded Dalvero Academy, Veronica Lawlor and Margaret Hurst, to draw live music at a weekly happening called Synaesthesia Social, organized by a talented artist, teacher and delightfully rambunctious guy Ted Michalowski. 

Thumbnail of Jamie Orfanella playing didgeridoo
Veronica taught a drawing workshop for the first part of the day, setting pace for both, music and drawing. The 5 musician were incredible as individuals and as a band. It's worth noting the unorthodox mix of instruments: theremin vox, gong, upright bass, jazz drums, didgeridoos, flutes, trumpets and other wind instruments with mysterious origins and names, bagpipes, saxophone, and a plethora of digital gadgets. I felt right at home with such variety of instruments,  having myself brought a full bag of mixed media. We were kindred spirits with musicians in that regard.

During the workshop, Veronica urged us to draw the auditory landscape, rather than render musicians' likenesses. She introduced the language of marks, lines, shapes and color, pacing, mood, proportion-all the things that make up Design. And since the music was more of a sublime stream of consciousness, it felt natural to let go...

Thumbnail of Leo Schott playing the bagpipe
Experiences like this are outside of time and space. I didn't notice how the day went by, in one breath. It was beautiful. 

Doug Smith

Jamie Orfanella on didgeridoo

Jamie Orfanella
Jamie Orfanella Doug Smith and Leo Schott

Jason Smeltzer on Theremin vox

Jamie Orfanella
Tyler Dempsey (drums)
Jason Smeltzer's hands on theremin vox and the band
Doug Smith (bass), Jamie Orfanella (trumpet), Leo Schott (sax), Tyler Dempsey (drums)

Jamie Orfanella

Jamie Orfanella's beautiful trumpet solo

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Winter Freeze

I was in Mystic Seaport with Dalvero Academy this past weekend, and boy was it cold! But nothing stops us from drawing, especially when there is so much beauty that only freezing winter air and light can create.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Day 4 of the 5 Day Art Challenge: illustrations for Alan Lightman's book "Einstein's Dreams"

I accepted the Facebook 5 Day Art Challenge nomination from my friend and artist Audrey Hawkins. Day 4 is a personal project I haven't shared before, as I work on it intermittently: illustrations for Alan Lightman's book "Einstein's Dreams". The book is a meditation on the nature of time, and every chapter asks a "what if..." question.

• 26 APRIL 1905
“At some time in the past, scientists discovered that time flows more slowly the farther from the center of earth.”
-Alan Lightman, "Einstein's Dreams"

• 8 MAY 905
“The world will end on 26 September 1907. Everyone knows it.”
-Alan Lightman, "Einstein's Dreams"

• 3 MAY 1905
“Consider a world in which cause and effect are erratic. Most people have learned to live in the moment. It is a world of impulse.”
-Alan Lightman, "Einstein's Dreams"

• 20 MAY 1905
“People have no memories. For it’s only habit and memory that dulls the physical passion. A world without memory is a world of the present..”-Alan Lightman, "Einstein's Dreams"

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Day 3 of the 5 Day Art Challenge: Painted Ceramic Plates

I accepted the Facebook 5 Day Art Challenge nomination from my friend and artist Audrey Hawkins. Here's my Day 3: painted ceramic plates. I sent these plates to Moscow recently, to our family's close friends. Hi, my dear Moscow friends, if you're reading this :)

Friday, January 30, 2015

Day 2: Facebook's 5 Day Art Challenge.

I accepted the Facebook 5 Day Art Challenge nomination from my friend and artist Audrey Hawkins. Here's my Day 2: Swans, thumbnails.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Day 1: Facebook's 5 Day Art Challenge.

I accepted the Facebook 5 Day Art Challenge nomination from my friend and artist Audrey Hawkins. Here's my Day 1:  drawings of Indian dance performance by Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, seen at the MET a couple of weeks ago. Odissi is one of the oldest dance traditions in the world. The dancers were performing invocations of the Mother Goddess with her “elephantine gait, compassionate gaze and benevolence”. Accompanied by poetry reading, many beautiful metaphors came to life through the interpretive dance of two graceful, barefoot dancers.