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Sketchbook Roundup 2019 - Weeks 12 & 13

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Sketchbook Roundup 2019 - Weeks 12 & 13

Last week, at the local frozen yogurt shop, I came across an antique Mother Goose-style children's book with strange stories/weird poems/bizarre illustrations. It was nearly grotesque, and I was cautiously fascinated. I know you've seen these types of books before, ye olden books with stories about a man vexing his wife and how she put him in the rabbit cage and fed him sage and mint through the wires. Or like, making comparisons between the cherubic children who eat all their dinner vs. the wicked and naughty ones who don't and the peril that ensues. Anyhow, I was obviously impacted by the...

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Sketchbook Roundup 2019 - Week 11

Sketchblog Sketchbook Roundup 2019

Sketchbook Roundup 2019 - Week 11

After the somewhat academic intensity I felt during the past few rounds of my sketching journey, I decided to throw myself a curveball this week and do something I've never done before: sketch with my non-dominant hand. What followed was humbling, hilarious, enlightening, tiresome, and uncomfortable. I completed 50 spazzy sketches (and look at my handwriting!), and maybe I'll do more, who knows? I chose that number as a completion goal in honor of Lee Ames, the author of the Draw 50 series, and from whom I borrowed heavily this week. Anyhow, try it. It bypasses ego and reminds you...

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Sketchbook Roundup 2019 - Weeks 9 & 10

Sketchblog Sketchbook Roundup 2019

Sketchbook Roundup 2019 - Weeks 9 & 10

You guys, it’s done. My interactive book report on Owen Jones’ “Grammar of Ornament” is complete. 105 re-designs (I miscounted originally), 6 weeks, now put to bed. But first! The final 35: . Chinese Ornament: As a disclaimer, I don’t care too much for Jones’ assessments anymore. I don’t find them incredibly helpful. For example, he says of Chinese Ornament, “In their decoration, both painted and woven, the Chinese exhibit only just so much art as would belong to a primitive people.” . Another example: “...the Chinese are totally unimaginative, and all their works are accordingly wanting in the highest...

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Sketchbook Roundup 2019 - Weeks 8 & 9

Sketchblog Sketchbook Roundup 2019

Sketchbook Roundup 2019 - Weeks 8 & 9

”Real life” came on like a freight train these past couple weeks, and I did not meet my goal of completing 100 design remixes from “The Grammar of Ornament” in February. I got close, but no cigar. March’s work cut out for me, I guess! What follows is ornaments 51-70. . Moresque Ornament from the Alhambra Wherein Owen Jones dedicates more airtime to one building than he did to the entire Greek culture. “We find in the Alhambra the speaking art of the Egyptians, the natural grace and refinement of the Greeks, the geometrical combinations of the Romans, the Byzantines,...

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Sketchbook Roundup 2019 - Week 7

Sketchblog Sketchbook Roundup 2019

Sketchbook Roundup 2019 - Week 7

This week in “The Ornament of Grammar” adventures, I learned about Pompeian, Roman, Byzantine, Arabian, and Turkish design, as seen through the lens of Owen Jones. I want to keep it short and sweet today, as the design renditions themselves should hopefully fill in the blanks well enough. They are, after all, remixes and are really just a way for me to participate in the material.  First stop, Pompeii. Key words: borders, dado, panels, friezes, pilasters. Borrowed from the Greeks and Romans, colorful tones and shades. Jones mentions in the book that Pompeii’s “whole style, however, of the decoration is so capricious...

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