Hey everyone, it’s been way too long since my last blog post! I am back in school for my final semester!! The past month has been really crazy; I had to get my senior project all figured out as well as all sorts of preparations for graduation, but now my schedule has settled and I am doing my best to crank out work steadily.
Did I tell you that I am going to Sicily for spring break this year? It’s part of a special class that I’m taking on art and travel. I’m going to learn how to be a better field artist by sketching with pencil, pen, and watercolors. In preparation for our time in Sicily, we were sent to do homework at Trinity college in Hartford, CT. They have a beautiful chapel there, and our job was to crank out at least 10 sketch book pages worth of notes.
Here are those eleven sketch book pages that I completed while at trinity college.
It was a really cold day so I only did two drawings outside. After that I moved to the inside of the chapel where the wind and cold couldn’t get me, though the interior of the chapel was grand, decorated with large stained glass windows, high ceilings, and long rows of pews, what caught my eye the most were the small wooden carvings on the end of each pew. Every carving was different, depicting people, animals, mythical creatures, and objects, all carved by a different hand.
I found so much character in these little pieces that I spent the vast majority of my time there drawing the figures that I found most interesting. These carvings were a nice organic break to the geometry of the building itself. I tire of geometric shapes very quickly while sketching! It’s also very natural as an illustrator and story teller that I would be drawn to figures and characters rather than abstract shapes and shadows on the wall.
These drawings have been added to the sketch book gallery. You can expect a lot more to come for the sketch book gallery this semester considering that I have an entire class dedicated to sketchbook work!