Saturday, April 27, 2013

Anti-Grav 0002

I'm finding it a little hard to keep cartoons coming at the rate that my letters to Kathryn are ready. I'm getting about two out each week, and fortunately other family members are sending her letters, too, so maybe she won't feel the gaps so much. (My letters are composites of several days running, because that's how long it takes me to get the time to do cartoons.) The cartoons aren't exactly professional level, not having done frequent cartooning over the past years, but at least they get the idea across. Just like any art (and probably anything else), you have to do it for hours daily to become good at it.


: )

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Anti-Grav 0001: Cartoons for Kathryn

Kathryn left for basic training last week (Air Force), so I'm sending her cartoons in my letters. I'll share them here, too. : )

Please forgive me if my posts are shorter. Kathryn's letters are pages long, and I think I'm emptying my word quota on her.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Getting together with an old friend

Right before Easter break I asked my older students what they would like to do for the rest of the year. We'd tried many new things this year, besides revisited some old favorites, and although they seemed to enjoy each project, I just wanted to know their preference. It turns out that the general consensus was that they wanted to paint. Since we've done some watercolor and acrylic in the past, I suggested gouache.

I don't know if you've ever tried gouache, but it's a great medium to use. It is like watercolor, but opaque instead of translucent. I became acquainted with gouache in college, where I slowly built up my Winsor & Newton collection of tubes, not having tons of ready cash. For some reason, possibly because I became enamored with pen and ink for awhile, I quit painting with gouache around that time.

I thought I'd share a sample that I got ready for my class this week. (We'll be doing a little from Rod Lawrence's book to get comfortable with gouache before we strike out on our own projects.)