JULY 14, 2009

(Pictures by Suzanne O'Hara)

A funny thing happened on the way to the Photomat (that was the place, in pre-digital times, that you brought your photos to be developed), the camera that was used at the workshop was set on video rather than to take single photos.  Not really earth-shattering, but it did require hours and hours of hard work to extract single, clear images (everyone give the tech people at KFL a big hand).  Below are a few of the survivors from that operation.  We hope to have more in the future.  Oh, and also, the color is-well, you'll get the picture.  Only the yellows and green came through-and yet another setting on the camera.  How about another round of applause for how complicated cameras have become.

This is the whole crew holding up their creations (which you can peruse down below when you're done here).  In the back from left to right is:  Cady, Erykah, Rosie, Ethan, and Beth hiding in behind.  In the second row:  Melissa, Rachael, Colin, and Earl.  In front is Mr. Jordan, and off to the right is Master Jen.

Cady, after having just finished her page and is sketching in the art pad she won.  Erykah is not seen here and is up at the light box making a composite of her drawing (those are the art pads she won).  And the rest of the way long the table, Rachael is finishing her picture, Melissa is flipping through the book she won, and Colin is busy at something.  If memory serves, he was reading his newly won comics.

And another of the group photo.  Same people, same positions; only this one didn't come out quite as clear.  That's why it's down here instead of up top.

Anyway, that's all we've got thus far.  Again, we hope to have more later.  But don't leave yet.  There is still plenty more to see.  Down below are the creations proudly displayed by their artists in the previous pictures.



This is the collection of self portraits and self caricatures, rendered by the talented, imaginative artists above, in the style of their preference or as whatever it is they enjoy  most to draw.  We hope you enjoy them as much as we did dreaming them up.

This one was done by Colin Alie and is a wonderful use of the bizarre to create his self portrait.  I particularly love the three dimensional effect and the demented clown.  Brings back such fond memories.  Wish I could have got a copy of the original; it had a lot more writing on it and Colin drew a lot more 3-D stuff on the star mirror.  All the same, I think this version is much more clear, but still gives the same impression as the original.

Beth A. was concerned that her skills weren't up to this particular challenge.  She was worried that all she was drawing was stick figures.  Beth, you didn't have anything to worry about.  On top of the fact that a number of students in the past have used the old standby of stick figure-ism and done them justice, you managed to capture the action and your self image quite adeptly.  We just want to know what's on the other end of the rope.  By the way, thanks.  I was singing Beatles' songs the whole rest of the day.

Erykah Condon has evidently spent a great deal of time drawing from nature, and this arboreal scene fully equipped with a huge tree, a sky full of fireflies, and her running through the grass proves it.  Sorry I wasn't able to clean the pencil lines out of the grass better; the lines didn't print very well.  My hat's off to how you drew your hair.  At the workshop, she asked how she should go about it, and after a quick rendition on the Dry-erase board, she destroyed the learning curve and came up with this.

Rosie Crimp, when we first got going, said that her favorite thing to draw is dolphins.  So, we all expected some scene with her and some of those playful mammals.  But instead, she created this very believable scene of moving day at a new residence, right down to the sold banner over the for sale sign.  And believe it or not, she did this as a composite drawing, combining the room scene with her self portrait on the light box.  I don't think anyone is missing the dolphins now.

Racheal Crothers started this as a simple pond with four ducks, and then slowly she built the production up, a cat tail here and a lily pad there, until she had created this whole Walden-esque dock out on the water scene, and made the whole concept come alive.  I particularly like the detail on the turtle's shell and the wood swirls on the dock pilings.  And extra special kudos on the water rings around the ducks and the stuff at the dock.  Nice eye for detail.

Ethan E. was our resident aficionado on all things Sherlock Holmes.  So it was no surprise when the rabbit caricature of himself turned up with the familiar Deerslayer cap.  By the way, if, at 72 dpi, the lettering is a bit tough to read, he's saying, "A broken pocket watch can still tell much....just not time."  Ethan's self taught sketching style was very advanced for his age, and I really wish we had all got a chance to see more of his interesting work.  Nice job, EE, but where's Watson?

Earl Fall was not only our resident speed artist, but his no-nonsense attitude to his burgeoning craft was incredible in one so young.  He came in, knew what he wanted to do, drew it, inked it, transferred it with the light box, and inked it again, boom boom boom, in rapid fire succession.  Twice I made the oversight of interrupting that focused process, and learned quickly not to do it a third time.  His character (the one in front with the rubber shoe laces and snappy suit) doesn't have a name yet, but his main driving force is to irritate other people.  Hmmmm.  Could this be art imitating life?

What can we say about Melissa Ferris that this picture doesn't already express?  Melissa likes horses, and she likes to draw.  This is what happens when you combine the two.  And what a combination.  The proportions and the basic anatomy are all there and all correct from poll to dock.  And the detail, from the bridle to the English saddle.  Wow.  But there was one thing this picture really can't show, and that was her accuracy in her pen work.  I hardly had to do any clean-up.  I just wish she had left the shadowing on the opposite legs that she did in the original.  Just the same, our hat's off.

Acadia (Cady) French has quite an imagination, but I wish I had had more time to ask her about the content of her self portrait (that's her in the firework blast on the right).  It appears at first to be views of parallel worlds, the one on the left filled with monsters, and the one on the right is the normal world.  But then you notice the blob at the bottom of that side, and that theory sinks like lead.  In any case, Cady spent a lot of time and effort on the fireworks (which is very hard to do in a static picture) and did a great job showing them in varying stages of eruption. 

Well, that's it for the art.  What a talented bunch of young people.  This was one of those shows where you really didn't want it to come to and end.  But, as all good things........
Also, as always, if I got anything wrong or spelled a name incorrectly, please let me know.