Sketchbook Saturdays: Magazine Practice

I don’t know if anyone in the world really cares to see my process as an artist. Well to bad world I’m posting it anyway. 1. in case someone out there finds my various sketches and doodles inspiring or helpful and 2. because I would like to have my skethbooks preserved for posterity in case something terrible happens to them. Some have already fallen prey to spilled cups of tea, water, and sun damage so I’m getting things together quick.

Today I’m sharing some of my practice sketches. ^_^

One of my favorite ways to improve my drawing skills that I haven’t practiced in a long┬átime is to take images from magazines and try to draw them. Doesn’t always turn out great, but it is a quick and easy to take what you see and recreate it. As far as I know still lifes are still the number one way to improve art skills and gain a deeper understanding of how scale and size and shadow work. However we can’t always have a convenient pile of random things to draw in front of us, so hence I turn to magazines. Plus its already 2D, which I realize is cheating but it makes me feel better.

The Long Awaited Tea Project Video!

Tea Collection Project from Sam Lee on Vimeo.

There it is! For everyone who has seen my kitchen and wondered why it is sticky this video will reveal all. Here is the final presentation of my collections project in Foundation in Studio Arts II. For the project I collected tea for 30 days then turned it unto syrup to be mixed with milk paint. Later I shattered the cups in my kitchen, which had less to do with collections and more to do with my unexplainable desire to smash ceramics.

In the end a lot of things went wrong. The tea became moldy faster than expected. The syrup was either too runny or too hard or to sparse. The milk paint was lumpy and didn’t dry like normal paint. Despite all this I felt the final installation made quite an impression and looked a lot more polished than some of my classmates pieces. I received and A for the piece.