In my vow to get back into the sketching habit, as I said I would do more of this year, I returned to my studio group.
The model was beautiful. Thick curly hair pinned up in a heavy pony tail served as a frame for her wonderful features. Her almond eyes with a slight slant and a mouth that curled up without smiling were enjoyable to work on.
I knew I only had an hour so I worked fast to try to capture the landscape of her face. I worked on scale and placement of the features and began to form them. I added light and shadow too.
My next step would be to make some corrections and greater definition, also adding some darks and lights. I felt the stop into the studio was rewarding and I left with a satisfactory conté sketch on paper of Allie.
Yesterday I participated in One, a group show featuring the work of 35 local artists. When deciding what to wear I felt I should wear some body art. I contacted local body artist Valerie Ann Ramirez and she agreed to do a piece for me.
When I arrived at her studio she was just completing a photo shoot. She wanted to know what I had in mind. I asked for a red dragon. Bringing her tools out she prepared to get to work. Valerie expertly did her magic and the red dragon appeared among the bambo stalks.
Valerie did a wonderful job. She promised to come to the show and she visited later in the evening.