It’s Raining Cookies

Trying to come up with an idea for this Sunday Sketch was a lot harder than I expected. I looked all over my room for inspiration, trying to find small items I could incorporate into my sketch. After failing to find anything, I started looking at what other people submitted in order to get some inspiration. However, I soon found myself just doing variations of what other people did. I realized that I needed to stop looking at what people did and come up with something on my own. After a few more failed ideas, I decided to stop obsessing over the assignment and just go about my day. I was watching football and snacking on some cookies when it hit me. I immediately ran over to my desk and sketched out the image that you see above. The cookie is the top of the umbrella protecting the man from the rain.

Sketch 2: Sunday Sketches

Flower Pick

For this Sunday Sketch, it took me a while to decided what item in my dorm I would use for the sketch. I took a break from looking around the room and played guitar for a bit and then it hit me: I should use my guitar pick as the basis of the drawing. I looked hard at the pick and tried to think of something to make it a part of. I contemplated making it a part of the body of a guitar but I thought that it would be too close to what it actually represents. My next thought went towards something nature related and a flower was the first thing that came to mind. Considering the shape of the pick, I thought that making the pick a petal would be a cool idea so I worked with it.

Trying to decide between so many different objects was interesting because although I had many different choices to work with, none of them seemed to bring forth any ideas. After taking my mind away from the assignment for a few minutes gave me the perfect idea.

Flower Pick

For this Sunday Sketch, it took me a while to decided what item in my dorm I would use for the sketch. I took a break from looking around the room and played guitar for a bit and then it hit me: I should use my guitar pick as the basis of the drawing. I looked hard at the pick and tried to think of something to make it a part of. I contemplated making it a part of the body of a guitar but I thought that it would be too close to what it actually represents. My next thought went towards something nature related and a flower was the first thing that came to mind. Considering the shape of the pick, I thought that making the pick a petal would be a cool idea so I worked with it.

Trying to decide between so many different objects was interesting because although I had many different choices to work with, none of them seemed to bring forth any ideas. After taking my mind away from the assignment for a few minutes gave me the perfect idea.

Sketch 2

Saturday morning I woke up to “Dekalb County Boil Water Advisory” signs posted all around campus. As a drinker of “unhealthy amounts of water,” as described by my friends, I was finding it quite difficult to find enough water this weekend. The ESC was only giving out two bottles a day and the jugs at the DCT had an off taste. When the time came to work on this Sunday Sketch, I knew exactly what to sketch. I took a bottle of water, and made it angel-like by drawing wings and a halo. This was the perfect depiction of my feeling towards water at that moment.

Tag: sk2

Surfing The Web

The idea of sketching a picture for class was daunting and then adding the element of a 3-D object almost made me want to burst into tears. As I sat in my bed scrolling through my phone on Twitter I had a revelation. Even though I get on the internet every day, as mundane of a task it is, it is one of the biggest privileges I’ve been given. That’s why I decided to name my sketch “Surfing The Web” because the depth of information and knowledge the internet can provide is as vast as the ocean.

I started off my drawing by laying down the phone as a surfboard. Next came the difficult part, trying to draw a person as they ride the “Wave of Knowledge”. After I drew the man, I drew waves and the horizon line to add more depth to the picture.

Link Back to Prompt: https://eng181f19.davidmorgen.org/assignments/sketches/sketch-2-sunday-sketches/

VSCO Ballerina

This week’s Sunday Sketch was intimidating. I was traveling this weekend, and I wasn’t sure, after reading the prompt, that I would have creative capacity to conjure an idea for this assignment.  I needed a common object, one that would be accessible from both my house in Nashville and my dorm in Ashbury circle, lest I start workshopping an idea around an item at home only for it not to fit it in my backpack /one carry-on. Looking around my bedroom at the things I knew would come back to Atlanta with me, the idea for the VSCO ballerina came to me.

Like earrings or a choker necklace, scrunchies are accessories I am not often seen without. I knew I must use one if I did not yet know what for. The idea for making a tutu out of a scrunchie came naturally. Dance was a significant part of my life for most of my life. From ages 3 to 14, I trained in classical ballet in Nashville Ballet’s academy. I recently reacquainted myself with dance through taking a jazz class at Emory.

In drawing this week’s Sunday Sketch, I exercised my ballet muscle memory in a way that surprised me: I was able to illustrate a human form – ballet sculpted arms and legs – without reference or stencil. Demonstrating this ability on paper, I realized that my image of the human body contorted with ballet technique is still crystal clear in my mind, left over from hours a day spent in front of mirror-paneled walls wearing tights and a leotard. Drawing this figure – ambiguous and silhouetted – with such ease and assuredness, reminded me that the preteen dancer with dreams of principal roles from I am long distanced is still inside me.

VSCO Ballerina

Early Bird Catches the Worm

By Ja’Mya Yancey

Early Bird Catches the Worm
Image Credit: Ja’Mya Yancey

My Sunday sketch this week is of the encounter of a bird and a worm. The way I got this idea is because I always have my key holder on me, always playing with it 24/7. When I first saw that we had to use a 3D item, the first thing I thought of was my pineapple that I attach to my key holder but then I realized how difficult that would turn out for me. Not that this was any easier, as many birds as I went through. But the key holder reminded me of a worm and because most of my classes are early, whenever I get on snapchat the filter I see is one like this. The early bird catches the worm! I added the little commentary of the worm as well to signify how most of the time I wake up and expect a perfect day but little do I know something is about to ruin the day in 0.1 seconds. It’s always those early classes that sometimes hit me a little too hard. So it’s true, the early bird does catch the worm in this sketch.

BUFFOONERY AND INTIMIDATION PERSONIFIED

Funny and scary, intimidating yet goofy, clowns are something I hold mixed feelings about. I’ve always thought clowns to have a daunting vibe. Yes, they induce laughter, yes they personify buffoonery, but their large jumpsuits and big shoes make it hard for me to stay engaged in their performances. I only see big shoes and jumpsuits when I look at objects, particularly glasses. 

If I view my glasses vertically, the image of a clown with big boots always comes to mind. The lenses represent the boots and the sides represent a part of the jumpsuits. I darkly shaded the upper area around the lenses to make the boots distinct. I continued to make the lower part of the jumpsuit with the sides, deliberately making the legs longer and the upper body shorter to add a clumsy look (unnerving for me). A few stimulating shapes were added to the jumpsuit to not make it look bland. I purposely made the gloves with a mickey mouse style and decided to go with a Danny DeVito hairstyle, with an arrow stuck in his hair. A distinct face paint design was added that would make most people uncomfortable and possibly empathize with my opinions on clown appearances. The link to the assignment is here.

Tesla’s Thunderbirds

Batterybirds by Dean Criser

When replacing batteries earlier this morning, I had a spark of inspiration: electric jet planes. So after gathering up a few Duracells and one AmazonBasics, I sat down with some colored pencils and prepared to craft a masterpiece that fired on all cylinders.

Those cylinders, however, must have been feeling the groove of Marcia Griffiths, for they were electric sliding everywhere; I’d place one down with delicate precision, and then another would go for a party ride across the page! It took a long while, but when the stars and batteries aligned at last, I finally began to draw.

First came the flames of fiery yellows and reds, which were closely followed by the wings and cones of our soaring vessels. I know it doesn’t make sense that electric jets have exhaust, but since I myself was exhausted while drawing this, I’m going to chalk it up as a metaphorical discrepancy.

With the batteries in place on my pencil-scratched page, I took out my phone and lined up the shot, and to sum it up in two words, it’s electric!

Link to prompt: sk2