The Dr. Sketchy’s in Asheville does themes and this month’s theme was Harlequin Clown. This was my second experience. Dr. Sketchy’s is Life Drawing with Burlesque models. You can read more about my first time and what Dr. Sketchy’s is all about here. I decided to use the inspiration to create some pretty paper textures. My only knowledge of Harlequin clowns came from an illustrated children’s book “The Clown of God”, by Tomie dePaola. Children’s book illustrations have inspired me so much. That, and a childhood friend of mine collected those little porcelain clowns.
I looked up some youtube videos on making scrapbooking backgrounds while I tried to figure out how to create a soft pastel textured background. That’s how I found Journal Girl. I’m a new fan, go find her on Facebook, she has such a feel-good message and she connects it to ART. She also has many inspiring videos and workshops on how to journal your feelings with art! How cool is that?!
I’ve been collecting scrap paper for life drawing. Hey, art students, I would recommend this. Paper bags, butcher paper, paper used for stuffing, get a hold of contractors or people that use blue prints and hit them up for the old ones, print shops sometimes sell leftover rolls for cheap. Paying for newsprint paper just seems wrong to me. I don’t even like the paper.
A few hours before Dr. Sketchy’s I had the floor of my studio covered in various sized paper and experimentation was in full effect. My hope was the colors would detract from poor drawings. What I found is that it’s hard to get a line that will draw on all the different materials that I used. Oh well. I had fun with some naughty art.
I gave the hostess drawing with the VW Bug inspired clown car, and I let the model choose one of the pictures, lounging in the green dress and vinyl thigh high boots with the pink/red background. The rest are for sale, $30 a piece. Please contact me for availability.