Barely There

Monday, November 29, 2010

Last Wednesday while viewing my blog, my dear friend and classmate Kayla said to me, "Meagan stop photoshopping the **** out of your illustrations, I want to see them raw." I genuinely honor and respect my peers' opinions. But I had to explain, in my defense, that in order to eliminate the grey smog color of the paper, so many of the delicate shadows in wash are lost. Thus I have to replace them in photoshop with the brush tool.

I happen to despise when my works aren't completely white in the background, but I also dislike losing so many of the delicate subtleties that make a piece so special. Finding a balance between the two is much harder than you think. When you're using wet media on sketch paper there is always a degree of warping. So today, for one time only, here are 6 raw and unedited brush and ink illustrations from Bil Donovan's class. Enjoy!!

P.S. Love you Kayla!! Thanks for your comical, yet incredible, input as always.

Walking Shoes and Dragonflies

Friday, November 26, 2010

All 5 Minute Sketches From Life

And She Goes Tumbling Down...

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I have a small confession to make. I always find myself waiting for friends on evenings when we are meant to go dancing. I'm not sure if I was born with the curse of punctuality or if my friends were born with the curse of tardiness ;) but I always find myself waiting. In such cases when I'm already dressed and ready to go, I pass the time with impromptu photo shoots.

The above shot is the result of one of these instances. In the spirit of disclosure, I actually love the opportunity to be creative with my camera on the opposite side of the lens. I like the excitement of not knowing what I'll get. My arrangement of these photos was deliberate. They are meant to resemble Rorschach inkblot tests used in psychology. "What do you see, when you look at me?" Enjoy!!

All Wrapped Up

Monday, November 22, 2010

All 10 Minute Sketches

Our Friday afternoon model rocked two of my most favorite Fall 2010 accessories: the turban, and faux fur jacket. I actually had an internal spastic freak-out when she walked onto the stand with her hair all wrapped up in a colored scarf. I literally could not draw fast enough. Go figure, I only got one completed sketch of her wearing the turban, but I had quite a lot of fun converting the hues in photoshop. These sketches have me singing the lyrics to Rihanna - Rude Boy over and over again lol. Red hair or no red hair, the girl has style, and so did this fabulous model. Get your shades on for these. Enjoy!!

Pixie Refined

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Who knew the same Manic Pixie Dream Girl from yesterday could evoke an entirely different feeling just by converting her to black and white?! The goal of Friday's class drawings was to achieve a face worthy of a perfume ad. I decided to experiment with the color palette and opacity in order to arrive at just that. I love that this composition evokes such a feeling of old Hollywood glamour. I have a real affinity for vintage beauty. The type of demure elegance that women of the 1950's exude through their pores. Oppressive gender roles aside, I would happily spend a day absorbed in that era. Enjoy!!

Disco In Repeat

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

"If three is better than two, then two is better than one. Come join me on the dance floor so we can have some fun." Here are some more 70's illustrations from Joe Denaro's Friday class. After a weekend of pure dancing bliss with incredible friends, these drawings help to keep the feeling alive. I love how repetition changes the illustrations entirely, sort of like music to the eye. Hope everyone is having a good week so far. Thank-you again for all your wonderful comments. Enjoy!!

Oh So 70's...

Monday, November 15, 2010

7 Minute Sketches Above

Our latest project for Joe Denaro is to design a 70's inspired poster. We have free reign on this one and have once again requested the models dress in costume for class. I've had an absolute field day scouting 70's references. FIT happens to have the most amazing book collection and I've taken total advantage of it's accessibility. I've included in this post my 7 minute drawings from this past Friday's class, along with my favorite references thus far from TASCHEN's Fashion of the 70's. These are actual vintage fashion and beauty ads from the decade. I so wish we could time travel. Enjoy!!

Gallery Girl

Saturday, November 13, 2010

My reflection in MoMA glass instalation
Photo I took of bottles at MoMA and repeated four times

I'm never more at peace then when I'm in an art gallery. Particularly those great big grandiose art galleries that I can lose myself in. When I used to live in Toronto, I volunteered as a docent in the newly designed Frank Gehry AGO. I was probably the most selfish docent they ever hired; I used to spend all my volunteer hours plugged into my ipod starring at the huge Gerhard Richter paintings on the top floor. I really couldn't help myself, letting my eyes wander across the canvases, imagining my hands running through the layers of paint. The spaces there were so large, so expansive, so humbling. Today's post is devoted to my favorite photos taken, oddly enough at the MoMA, not the AGO. I reworked the colors in photoshop for fun. Enjoy!!

Casa Mila Barcelona

Monday, November 8, 2010

Casa Mila Roof Terrace

Myself and Jenny at Casa Mila

Parc Guell Mosaics used as Garment Textiles

I spent this past Friday night doing exactly what I wanted to do; watching Vicky Cristina Barcelona with a glass of rose. I had no idea it would prove to be such a productive evening. About a week ago, Joe Denaro asked us to collage our class drawings. I still had not yet decided what location to place my figures in. After watching this film there was no question I wanted to put them in Barcelona. Much like the film's character Vicky, I too hold an unwavering love for Antoni Gaudi's architecture.

A few summers ago, my friend Jenny and I went on a Spanish escapade through Barcelona, Ibiza, and Madrid. Without a doubt, Gaudi's most ornate, exquisite works are what resonate with me most. To be honest, I had trouble deciding between Parc Guell and Casa Mila for the background on this piece. In the end I resolved to place them on the roof of Casa Mila, while incorporating the mosaics of Parc Guell into the fabrics of the garments. This work has me dreaming of the hot sun on Las Ramblas. Enjoy!!

Give Me Face

Saturday, November 6, 2010

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