Thursday, September 18, 2008

What I am up to right now and bunch of other stuff

Practice sketches of my feet and left hand
I am currently reading this wonderful book called Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards. It's been around for a long time but this is the first time for me to read it. I am almost half way through and I can already see improvement in my realistic drawings. I am a designer, not a fine artist, and I've never taken any real fine art lessons at school, so it's true when I said that I am not good at realistic drawings like human forms or faces or other objects in our life. But I have always loved to see portraits or figure drawings, and I wish I could do that, too. This book has helped me understand how to draw from my right brain and how to really see as an artist, and I had a lot of fun doing the practices instructed by the author. I think anybody who wish to draw better (even though if you are already an artist who draws well) will really benefit from reading this book.

On top of me reading this book and practice everyday after work, my mommy is visiting me from Taiwan for a month. So if I am not too productive in the blog land, that is why. 

Also, there is a article about my band Softee in today's local newspaper. You can read it online here if you wish. Here is the photo of us taken from the article. They shoot bunch of nice photos outdoors but ended up using this one inside the studio. I only wish they had used some color paper as the background or at least cropped out those junk behind us. Oh well... The article makes everything sound more dramatic than it really was; maybe it's just the newspaper style.

Softee photo on KC Star

And last but not least... a lot of you guys are asking me why I don't have an Etsy shop. I really am very flattered that you guys think my works are worth being displayed in your homes. The truth is that I am not allowed to have income other than my full-time job due to my foreigner status right now. (As for my band stuff, I never get paid a dime that's why... I am doing it as a hobby and I love it.) As soon as it becomes legal for me to do so, I will set up a shop. I promise.  Hopefully it's in the near future that's not so far away.  :)


Anonymous said...


Isn't that book amazing? I'd always ment to pick it up and never did, well it was one of the required textbooks in my current class, and I'm so glad!

I will try to postsome of my stuff on my blog this weekend.

T-Bit said...

That is such a great book! I'm glad you're reading it. Another exercise a professor showed me that helped me so MUCH with my drawing skills is to draw without lines. Only shadows and highlights. It's really difficult at first (and goes painstakingly slow), but it makes sense, because when you think about it, there aren't any "lines" in real life, just darks pushed up against lights....although, we were forbidden to use lines of any might not want to take it that far :)

flora said...

Get it! You will love it!

I know... I read about it in another book too. : )
I believe eventually I will have to practice that... One thing at the time. Also I love lines though...

Anonymous said...

Hello! It's me again!

I do have the book and love it, it was a textbook for the drawing class I am in.

I just dropped back to say I posted some drawings from class and some sketches on my blog. (Finally, my poor neglected blog!)

Feedback is great, but be nice please! I am new to charcoal!!LOL

Anairam said...

That book is cool - I also read it and did the exercises (many years ago...) Then I gave it away to someone who was in need of it. You have a band and play the cello and keyboard! Wow, I'm blown away - some people have all the talent!!

nina seven said...

flora - this book looks great! i have a "swwet" award for you over on my blog!

ellencrimitrent said...

oh my word I haven't seen that book in soo long I cannot tell you, and I remember it well!! Blast from the past for me.

Christine said...

:) I think you know this, but when you do get your stuff on Etsy -- I-Will-Be-There. I find your creations absolutely wonderful.

Softee-Coolness - congratulations.
And wonderful drawings :)