Yesterday, three of my friends and I went to our first Dr. Sketchy Detroit event! This is a really fun thing where people gather and pay a small fee to draw a live model. Usually it is some kind of kick-ass punk rock chick, derby roller girl, burlesque dancer or other unusual performer and it is a real treat. Outside of art-schools, it can be really difficult to find this kind of opportunity, so Dr Sketchy events are a really great resource for artists.
It has been many, many years since I did any figure drawing. I was required to do a year of still life and a year of figure drawing in college. I tend to be more three dimensionally inclined and while I put in my time in my drawing classes and did the best I could, I didn't love it and I usually struggled with it. Once my requirements were done, I put my pencils and charcoals away and haven't really missed them. This was a fun way to explore this skill that I haven't accessed in a long time, and I had a great time doing it!
That's one of the things going on in my studio this week! Check out what is happening in the studios of some of my blogging friends:
A 1 minute jewelry project? Lisa shares a swarovski component that can be used to make a SPARKLY ring!
For gemstone fanatics, earrings are the perfect way to enjoy fast projects that include all their favorite stones.
Art Bead Scene loves a wall of beads. Stop by and see if you don't love it too!
Have you heard of a hair fascinator? Come see what Cyndi put together with a handful of Swarovski crystals and a length of thin gauge wire!
Michelle shares a behind-the-scenes look at her work doing technical edits on a jewelry magazine.
A new bronze pendant from Artbeads.com inspired this new necklace from Carmi.
Cindy shares her "DO" for the week. Come take a look!
Melanie explores the old craft of paper quilling in an experiment combining the technique with resin for jewelry
Jean reviews a comforting and beautiful book for beaders which she herself has often turned to as a "bridge over troubled waters": Beading for the Soul, by Deborah Cannarella
Book Review: Steel Wire Jewelry. Love alternative materials and modern, whimsical jewelry design? This book is a must have. Project one is an earring wardrobe! Read the review in full.
Andrew gets in touch with his inner "Calder" and hammers some wire with Kate McKinnon and Dustin Wedekind.
Melanie is an artist, blogger, writer, and ceramic beadmaker at Earthenwood Studio. Her beads and components can be found at her Etsy shop and her jewelry can be found in her Etsy Galleria. To comment on this post, visit the original post at the Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Blog.