Thursday, April 13, 2006

Some Metro Art and More From the Margins

Last week was a very intense week. I attended a seminar on Simulation Modeling and Analysis – read heavy on statistics. To avoid the traffic and parking I rode the Metro (subway) to and from the sessions. I decided to take advantage of the opportunity to do a little sketching. The ride is not very long so I decided to try sketching heads to start with. I did a couple on each trip in. On the trip out it was to crowded to try and draw – there are lots of stops so trying to draw standing up is near impossible – need an extra hand to hold on to a support.

The seminar was really good – but even a good seminar will have some slow moments. So, as the math began to get deeper than I needed I doodled in the margins of my notes. Well, there was five days of this and I tend to doodle a lot. I used my fountain pen for almost all of these doodles.

My first couple of days I tried heads, as I mentioned, a couple were good and others dismal. I still find myself noodling with the image and trying to put more detail than I need, in my opinion. I am trying to improve my sketching speed! But, as Dave Rankin would say I tend to draw rather than sketch.

I thought I would try my hand at hands one morning and that was not so good. I really got wrapped around the details and lost the image I was after. The fact that some people move their hands around a lot made it difficult as well. So, I need to really concentrate on speed – to capture the shape that caught my eye and worry about the detail later.

After my questionable effort to capture hands I thought I would try one of the EDM challenges – to draw a mouth. This was particularly interesting and I really had fun with this. It is extremely enlightening when you begin studying the mouths of those around you. The amazing range of subtle and dramatic differences could fuel drawings for a very long time.

In spite of all the marginal art I really did get a great deal out of the seminar. I expect that I will be applying many of the concepts presented in the very near future.


mw said...

I enjoyed the margin drawings. Hard to know when to stop sometimes, I agree. Great mouths!

Lin said...

THESE ARE WONDERFUL, Zeke!! And the margin sketches are so nice to see as well!!!

Alison said...

A very interesting blog entry - so hard not to get caught up in the detail before the essence is caught

Linda said...

:-D I really enjoyed your "marginal art" (what a funny play on words!) I doodle all along the margins of work notes, too. :-)

Penny said...

I liked your subway sketches. I simply can't draw fast enough to draw people or even parts of them in public! Maybe I'll start with just the nouths though! Thanks for the posting

Felicity said...

I think it's great you did so much drawing in such a busy week! Really nice - I think it must be so difficult to draw people on the move.

Kathleen Marie said...


I really enjoyed reading about all your body parts experiments! I still have so much to work on... my last hand project revealed that hands are difficult! I must practice more.

You've inspired me to work on the mouth. It is an interesting feature, no? Thanks for motivating me to think about doing these types of studies in my Moleskine.

Thank you for visiting my blog too. I appreciate your kind comments. :)


Karen Winters said...

Good work, Zeke. The more we draw, the more we see to draw, right?