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The MCBA Visual Journal Collective, as of January 2011, has held three portrait parties. Our 2009 and 2011 parties additionally were binding parties. An editioned photocopier book of the event, with all the portraits paired opposite each other (the portrait you drew was opposite the portrait your partner drew of you) was created at each […]
MCBA Visual Journal Collective: Ken Avidor and the Petters Trial Sketches—PLUS a Mini Portrait Party!
Ken Avidor shared his courtroom sketching experiences from the Tom Petters trial.
Left: Here’s a quick photo of the final book we made at the Portrait Party. Top—the inside information page and the first page of the participants list (math is not my strong point and I wrote in 26 attendees when actually there were 27!); a portrait spread (all pairs were opposite each other on a spread) showing my portrait of Lynn Fisher (left) and Lynn Fisher's portrait of me (right—she took off years and years!); Ken Avidor’s overview sketch of the party participants; a cover with the optional title label. The book is 7 1/8 wide x 8 5/8 inches tall. I used Canson Mi Tientes to make the covers (people attending only had to bring cover paper). It is a 32-page, 5-hole stitch pamphlet. Click on the image to see an enlargement. (All artwork © of the listed artists who gave me permission to post.)
Last week I wrote a brief note about the MCBA Visual Journal Collective Portrait Party held on Monday, February 16. I wanted to give a more complete report, as well as provide a visual of the book which we made.
I arrived at MCBA at about 6:10 p.m. to start setting up for the 7 p.m. meeting. With the help of Emma Allen who is the adult programs coordinator at MCBA and the co-coordinator of the Collective I got extra cover materials set out (she and I both brought extra paper as we thought people would forget), organized our workspace, and I started creating “work stations.” I came with a plan all written out in steps because I knew once we started people were going to have questions and I would need to be several places at once. Having a written plan people could read was invaluable.
The MCBA Visual Journal Collective Portrait Party went off exceedingly well, with 27 people in attendance! I'm going to be posting about it at greater length very soon, with some visuals. I just wanted to let people know that it worked—we made a 32-page book (7 x 8.5 inches) in an edition of 30. We […]
Monday, February 16, 7 to 9 p.m. is the next meeting of the Minnesota Center for Book Arts Visual Journal Collective's Portrait Party. (Please see my earlier post here if you would like to attend so you know what to bring. We'd love it if you came and joined in the sketching fun.) We will be sketching portraits in pairs and then making a photocopier book of the event. (I'm working on the pages for the front and back matter right now!)
Practice is always a great thing, and I've been trying to draw people as much as possible the last few days, but I've also been pulling some books off the shelves to bring in and show people (in case they want to make a real study of the process after the party). I found the following books address drawing faces at some point in their pages, if not the whole book. Check them out. (They are in no particular order.)
Drawing People: How to Portray the Clothed Figure, by Barbara Bradley
I just picked up this book mail order because it sounded interesting. There is a lot of great information here. The focus is on full figures and how fabric moves on that figure, etc. But it is also about how the whole body moves. There is a chapter on the head and hands in which she writes about the features, their relationship to each other, creating volume and perspective with them. I haven't been able to read much of this book because of time limitation but I know I'll enjoy going through it more thoroughly because of all the useful info.