Home Away From Home

Do you remember last summer when I was looking for a room to rent from Toronto for the Autumn? I do. It felt like a hard task since the real estate market is booming: everybody want’s to move to Toronto. But thanks to good luck angels I found a room before I it was time to move.

The home I found from Toronto was welcoming from the start, filled with good energy. My roommate became Canadian sister for me showing where to get the best deals on fresh fruits.

In these two drawings I tried to capture the spirit of my Toronto home. These are also home assignments for the Drawing for 3D animation class. The aim was to study light and reflections. I used different paper but same col-erase pencil in both of them. The first drawing is from the backyard. I always imagined two poets sitting on these chairs gossiping about the essence of life. And in the 2nd one you can see our home mascot: Tito and his eyes full of love.

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Classmate Sketching

Sometimes I get shy when sketching people in public. People often sense that someone is looking at them. If they catch me staring at them I get embarrassed. Some people smile and that smile I love. That means they give their approval. They are ok that I’m inspired by their appearance. But if they seem annoyed I stop drawing them of course. And change the subject.

We decided to make things easier for ourselves for the school assignment : Draw five 10-20 minute long sketches of people. We got together with my classmates and drew each other. Meet Mikhaela, Lazo, Chang and Tricia plus two students from the Story Arts Center that I do not know.

Our teacher liked the “lyrical lines” in my drawings. What a beautiful thing to say.

Blind Contour Self Portrait

This was one of the exercise we’ve done for Beverley Ransom‘s wonderful Drawing for 3D Modelling and Animation -course. Blind Contour is a drawing technique where you draw the contour of an subject – in this case my own face – while you’re not allowed to look at the paper. You can look at your drawing only when repositioning the pen. I absolutely love this technique. It’s so much fun. And the self portrait turned out freaking awesome.

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Trip To OIAF

Last weekend I hopped on a school bus and travelled to Ottawa International Animation Festival OIAF. I was so happy I went. I saw amazing animation feature films and short films all over the world.  Especially I enjoyed attending the talks where the artists shared their behind the scenes stories for example from such films as the The Breadwinner and Coco. The weekend was so good. Maybe next time I visit OIAF I have my own short film featured there. Wouldn’t that be something.

Piece of Cake

Plenty of things to celebrate. 1st) There was the channel’s birthday last week. 2nd) Today we are officially over 100 subscribers. 3rd) It’s Midsummer – Juhannus this weekend. So this week I illustrated a cake using Adobe illustrator snd Photoshop. Thanks for the idea Shankar. Enjoy!