Lounging In Lockdown…Book Is Done (Day 55)

I am Lounging In Lockdown, because I handed in my latest book for publication the other day. Yes, I know I have mentioned this before now but I am going to milk it for a while longer! My dear husband Marcel came home with a bottle of Blanc de Blancs. “My mother loved this,” he said. We drank it from the crystal glasses we have that are the same as the ones we gave her for Christmas a couple of years ago. Then I supposed I would have to paint it all…I was a bit daunted by the glasses, but I reminded myself that if I am always teaching good observation then it would be a fine how-d’ye-do if I wasn’t able to do likewise. And it was fun.

A few people have pre-ordered my new book already – the sketching community doesn’t hang around! – and I hope they like it when it arrives in the mail in seven months’ time. I believe that inspiration is at LEAST 50% of the battle to be the best artist you can be, so I have tried to show you moments that will make you long to grab your sketching stuff and dive in. I have tried to balance practical, simple instruction with beautiful and touching moments captured in sketches – which, by the way, are mostly of my loved ones, since that’s who I get to draw most of all.

You’re going to find out how to decide who will make a good subject; how to judge whether they’ll stick around…and then how to capture them on paper. Here’s a favourite tip: say you’re looking at a guy sitting down, looking at his phone. You aren’t sure of your proportions. You know, or have read somewhere, that a man is 7 heads high – or is it 8? – but you can only see his torso and head, so you can’t measure him properly. My trick is to go ahead and use his head as a unit anyway – but instead of just using it to measure height, use it to measure width too. He might have a chest that’s two heads long and one head wide…or whatever. In other words, use the head as a unit of measurement and fit it into his body by eye.

It’s a technique I use for everything. Everything I draw is measured by eye according to the size of the thing beside it that I have just drawn. Once you get used to this technique you will use it without thinking, and you will never need to remember any rules of perspective either, because you’re just comparing shapes. (I wish I knew this trick years ago.)

So I am a lady of leisure…for now. I have two Zoom classes up and running with a third on the way. There’s still room in Saturday’s class (4pm-6pm IST, which is 11-1pm EDT I think) and also in Wednesday’s (5pm-7pm IST). You get one class free if you buy a block of six (six classes for the price of five). If there’s still room, you can of course attend one class at a time. Just put “zoom” into the search bar in my website.

So Lounging in Lockdown is great and so is teaching art. The book, by the way, is in the Urban Sketcher’s Handbook series and is called Drawing Expressive People. And guess what – you can pre-order it!

8 Comments

  1. Jane Dean

    May 11, 2020 at 2:13 am

    PS: your crystal glasses and bottle look great!
    Jane

    • Róisín Curé

      May 11, 2020 at 6:50 am

      Yes of course Jane. I look forward to seeing you then. Please spread the word that you’re enjoying the classes, I’d love to get another day or two going.

      • Róisín Curé

        May 11, 2020 at 6:51 am

        And thank you very much! Beauty AND functionality!

  2. Jane Dean

    May 11, 2020 at 2:11 am

    Hi Róisín! I learned so much from you on Saturday and thank you! I’m going to try to join the first hour of the Wednesday class to catch up on the close up greenery drawing. Please send me the Zoom link, unless it’s the same one as the Saturday class. Thanks.
    Jane D

  3. Geri Dunne

    May 9, 2020 at 12:05 am

    looking forward to Saturday class.snow and freezing temperatures expected here in Connecticut…….

    • Róisín Curé

      May 11, 2020 at 6:52 am

      It was great to see you Geri. At this stage it’s safe to say we go back a long way!

      • Geri Dunne

        May 11, 2020 at 8:03 pm

        I think I finally have it sorted……thanks to Orla then I zoomed with a friend who also told me to move my screen because I appear as a shadow with all the window light behind me…. I printed out your notes and listened to your recording of Saturday class. Despite my technical issues it was a wonderful class.I will also join for Wednesday to see the close drawing….and yes I have admired your work for a long time…. over the moon that I get to take a class…A bright spot in this pandemic !

        Geri

        • Róisín Curé

          May 11, 2020 at 8:25 pm

          Hi Geri, Sooo glad you got sorted! It is such a gift once you do – think of all the loveliness that awaits. I would also be over the moon if some of my favourite people put on zoom classes…anyway I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday. Of course it will be a doddle – you’ve nearly done it all already! By the way – the recording doesn’t show the pinned image so it’s not really much use for anyone who wants to see the drawing up close. If I save it to my computer (rather than to the cloud) I can watch the pinned bit, but I don’t have that kind of space on my laptop. We’ll see.
          XX

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