Nov. 27th, 2007 10:26 pm
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I'm going hiking in two days and I'm 90% packed and bored. I figured it was an okay time to waste time on LJ.

1) Eight new graffiti photos up. The orange one with the turtle on it is my favourite of this recent lot!

2) Some things I found in my officespace at uni:

(The postcard was really about raising awareness for schizophrenia)

Proof that Freud is a muppet.

3) Some charcoal sketches, including Selphie of FFVIII (G).


The first of the night, in response to this week's [livejournal.com profile] cockeyed_art challenge.

So, I was still totally bored. Here's a kind-of-me looking incredibly bored and grumpy, bonus face-being-pulled-by-hand.

Practicing figures, quickly:

Drawing yourself from the back is twisty and hard. =( Same with trying to look at yourself in the mirror out of the corner of your eye; I've drawn myself slouching!

Date: 2007-11-27 02:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] first-seventhe.livejournal.com
AWESOME. I really like the way you did Selphie's hair! She DOES look bored. :P

(I like all the charcoals, honestly; I really like that rough-sketch sort of look, in general. XD)

Date: 2007-11-28 10:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] invocations.livejournal.com
THANK YOU! She's the epitome of ennui, right there. XD Thought it might be nice to have something different because she's so happy in most of the pictures/drawings I see of her. ^^

And, thanks again! Playing around with charcoals is fun; I'm trying to get a feel for figure sketching. ^^

Date: 2007-11-27 11:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] darcenciel.livejournal.com
I agree with Sev, Selphie's hair is awesome - I've always wondered what she'd look like portrayed realistically, and you did an amazing job!

Date: 2007-11-28 11:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] invocations.livejournal.com
Glad you liked the hair and how she looks in general! I can't seem to get away from realism, even if the source is not realistic. Thank you!

Date: 2007-11-28 03:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rainsquall.livejournal.com
SELPHIE. I may or may not have exploded from joy.

Date: 2007-11-28 11:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] invocations.livejournal.com
GLEE! I love that sunny girl. ^^

Date: 2007-11-28 04:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kimouski.livejournal.com
I think you're getting the knack of charcoals. Well done on that! I particularly like the shine on Selphie's hair.

But what I'd really like to see? More detail in the faces. I'm not really getting a sense of what you look like, despite the eight self-portraits.

Also, the cropping's a bit close on the sides, but that photo of the postcard is really good. I like the diagonal composition of it--the way the eye can trace the magnets down to the handle. The lighting, which I suspect is nothing more than indirect sunlight, is just right--subtle, not too glaring, doesn't wash out the colors.

Date: 2007-11-28 11:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] invocations.livejournal.com
Well, thank you for encouraging me to get into charcoals more. ^^

I see what you mean about the detail; in any case, none of the eight really look like me (the closest I've gotten is the last one on this page (http://invocations.livejournal.com/8690.html#cutid1)). I'm always hesitant in filling in faces on figure drawings- often it's the thing I do last and I loathe to mess up the drawing! I can't seem to capture my own facial features consistently yet. It probably means that I'm drawing what I think I see instead of looking more carefully and drawing what's actually there. Something else to practice. ^^ Can you capture your own features consistently?

And ah, thanks! The lighting was indeed indirect sunlight (around 4pm on a summery afternoon, to be precise). You're right about the close cropping. I looked at the first shot (http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n189/invocations/100_3042.jpg) I took of the postcard and while it's lost some of the magnets, the shape of the postcard is a bit better there.

Date: 2007-11-28 03:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kimouski.livejournal.com
That's me—preaching the gospel of charcoals since 1995.

I hate to get all personal here, but do you like the way you look? That may have something to do with your self-portrait woes. It may have nothing to do with skill and everything to do with a reluctance to see yourself as a work of art./psychoanalysis (emphasis on psycho Or maybe you just need more practice. :) And yes, the link is a much more detailed drawing of you. Very nice! May I ask, what ethnicity are you?

Date: 2007-11-28 11:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] invocations.livejournal.com
Preach it!

No worries, personal questions doesn't bother me if I know who they're coming from. ^^ Frankly, I do like the way I look most of the time, although when I was younger I didn't so much. Valid point about the seeing self as art/psychoanalysis; it could be that. Let's see...I've tried drawing my family at different times and have found it hard to capture all of their likenesses! This makes me think it's also needing more practice. ^^ I'm Chinese-- my parents are from Singapore, and I was born here in Australia and have lived here all my life.

It's totally irrelevant here, but how about yourself? I remember your photo on dA and you have very pretty hair! I could also see, like, less than 10% of your face. XD (I'm off hiking, so seeya when I return!)

Date: 2007-11-28 11:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kimouski.livejournal.com
I'm Korean. And my hair's been chopped off, so it's more serviceable than pretty these days. :(

Oh, and I'm a pro at capturing myself. I didn't have the luxury of people posing for me, so guess what? I got fairly adept at self-portraits. I think we should have a self-portrait day someday. What do you think?

Date: 2007-12-09 01:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] invocations.livejournal.com
Sorry about the late reply- I'm now back in civilisation!

Know what you mean about the hair; long is sadly not too practical. Mine can be tamed with a braid, which keeps it servicable.

A big YES to your self-portrait day. What would that entail, exactly?

Date: 2007-12-10 01:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kimouski.livejournal.com
I'm not sure. It'll probably amount to an announcement on my LJ once I get a drawing mood back.

Date: 2007-11-28 09:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] -zooba-.livejournal.com
Hahahaha, my dad would like the Freud muppet. Suffice to say, he's not Freud's biggest fan.

Date: 2007-11-28 11:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] invocations.livejournal.com
That makes two of us, then. That man gives psychology a bad name!

Date: 2007-11-28 12:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] -zooba-.livejournal.com
I believe my dad's exact word was 'nutcase'.

selphie rules!

Date: 2008-01-09 04:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chiwannawa.livejournal.com
as stated earlier, selphie rules and it was very humorous to see her with such a lack of enthusiasim. woot!

Re: selphie rules!

Date: 2008-01-12 02:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] invocations.livejournal.com
[grins] Thank you, I'm so glad you liked her looking like that! She has to have some downtime somewhere. ^^


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