Murakami Exhibition in Versailles

September 21, 2010 § 5 Comments

On Sunday I went to Versailles, not to see the Château itself but to see a contemporary exhibition by Takashi Murakami.

Murakami is a manga and anime illustrator who transforms his illustrations into to sculptures. 22 of his major works are exhibited in Versailles, 11 of which were made for the exhibition. Some of the public thought that exhibiting this type of contemporary work in Versailles was outrageous, a disgrace to the beauty that is Versailles. But they also said that about the Louvre pyramid, now one of the most visited attractions in Paris.

To be honest I am not a huge fan of Versailles. I appreciate the building and why people like it but I find it too crowded, the decoration is too much, and it is too gold. (I would rather see a medieval castle). So I felt the Murakami exhibition really fit with its surroundings. His sculptures were big, really colourful and some of them had some much going on. He also made a couple of sculptures golden, to reflect the amount of gold in the room.

I really enjoyed looking at his work. His sculptures were so impressive, fun, colourful and the finish on them was perfect. I loved the details and from different areas you had so many things to look at. Like on one sculpture, the hair had some skulls in, and in the skulls eyes more skulls and more skulls in those eyes. So overall I loved the exhibition!

Also if you fancy looking at Versailles but might never be able to go; on google maps street view, you can look around the outside of Versailles and at the garden and the many fountains. You can also look at Marie Antoinette’s Trianon and her gardens. I also visited the Trianon on Sunday, it was very beautiful and had more subtle décor. Marie Antoinette ordered a small village to be made for her in the Trianon’s gardens. The village was amazing and so perfect, no wonder she preferred living there than to Versailles.

However something strange was going on with the fishes…


Blind Contour Friday

September 18, 2010 § 6 Comments

As always I forget to do the blind contour on a Friday. On Thursday I though “Blind Contour tomorrow” then I forget on the Friday and remember the day after.

This time I attempted to a kettle, the results are some what a kettle. The first attempt looks slightly like a wind up toy.

Messy House Series Pt.2

September 18, 2010 § 12 Comments

This is my second batch of the ‘Messy House’ Series.

Firstly I would like to say thank you to all the nice comments I got, I really was not expecting anything like that!

The next four drawings are of the living room and the kitchen. I think that these drawings are a good training exercise to deal with perspective and proportions.

Messy House Series

September 16, 2010 § 21 Comments

As well as drawing the city I decided to capture what my apartment looks like before we start leaving. It is only a small flat but I thought it would be a nice way to remember our first place.

I have tried to kept these drawings as minimalistic as possible, so that some areas are just shapes forming the objects, (like the flowers). I really like the results they are a bit cartoony and I have discovered I really enjoy drawing wires!

I have ordered some promarkers and when I receive them I would like to experiment with them on these drawings.

I have decided to call this series ‘Messy House’.

Fairground and a Pigeon House

September 14, 2010 § 9 Comments

I will be moving out of Chartres in 2weeks so I thought I better start capturing all the areas I like in the city. There are so many beautiful buildings here of medieval and renaissance style.

Down by the river there is an old pigeon house which was probably used when sending mails but now the pigeons just use it to rest. I love where this building is situated by the river surrounded by trees.

I added the paint after, I like the central trees and bushes but I feel like I messed up with the tree on the right.

To celebrate the association’s weekend they put up a fairground in the town centre. While eating some candyfloss (barbe à papa in French meaning daddies beard, I did actually see a child licking the candy floss and sticking it to their chin) I drew the carousel and wheel.

The carousel was difficult to draw as it kept moving (of course) but it was awkward to draw the horses and everything in the background, so I did a minimalist version. To be honest I only like certain aspects of this drawing, like the ticket office and the top of the carousel.

Blind Contour Friday

September 10, 2010 § 1 Comment

Last Friday I was busy helping the L-a-b prepare for the weekend’s event. We had a stall and were advertising what we did in the L-a-b (I was doing pom pom workshops). So I never had time to do blind contour Friday on time. Instead I did it on Monday, I decided to attempt to do a flower pot.

It think it was a difficult subject, there was so much detail with the leaves and the flowers, which made it hard to decide what to draw and what not to. My first attempt the pot was too big and the flowers were too small. The second my flowers were floating in the air, and the third I tried to do a continuous line, which was probably the most successful out the three.

This week I decided to do toothpaste and a toothbrush. Again I started with doing the pots too big. So I decided to get rid of the pot and draw them by themselves. I like the final result, I like the irregular shape of the toothpaste, and how you can tell it has been squeezed.

Chartre’s Library

September 1, 2010 § 12 Comments

I spend most of my time in this magnificent building, flicking through art books and reading comics. The architecture of this building is amazing it is like a mini castle, I just love it. So I decided to draw it.

The paper looks a bit stained but the original is fine

I am really happy with the finished drawing, some of the perspective is wonky but I think it gives the drawing character. Previously the building was used as a post office. The TPT on the front of the building stands for Telephone, Post and Telegramme.

On the group EDM (Everyday Matters) there was a conversation about how people feel awkward when people watch them draw. I had never really drawn out in the open, so today I finally understood them feeling a bit uneasy. I had many people sitting next to me and commenting, which was fine they were all nice and pleasant. Just the most awkward was when someone was watching me from behind for literally about 5minutes until he finally said “C’est bien”.  But I had many nice comments and I was happy to practice my bad French.