Marifosque

I write with quill and ink

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Roots 1: Illustration: Pencil and Watercolor

This is a continuation from the last post:

I was able to unplug for the weekend and it was great! However, I wasn’t able to smell the roses because it was moderately raining. It is uncommon for January to have a storm in the country, but we have, so I guess the weather patterns certainly have changed.

The weather also affected my work but in a minute way. The speed for the paper to dry and stretch took me an hour or two to be completely done, whereas during dry periods  it will take only a couple of minutes. So while waiting for the paper to set, I doodled some more and created another artwork in conjunction to this one. I shall post them next time.

After the paper was mounted and stretched, it rained accompanied with cool bursts of lazy wind wafting in through the windows and the open door that I lost a couple of hours. I fell asleep in Saturday’s cool relaxing afternoon.

So it’s only this Sunday morning that I was able to finish it, and here is the progression of the work made.

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This is the end of the initial sketch. I can still edit this during painting.

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For the skin tone, I colored the darkened areas in yellow. Later it will blend easily smoothing the tones. I am sorry that I wasn’t able to produce images from the production in between.

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Close up.

This is my interpretation of Venus emerging from the sea sans the shell.

 

– M A R I F O S Q U E

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Roots: Going back to Traditional Art

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As a professor and adviser of Multimedia Arts it’s part of my work to be dealing with computers and graphic software. Although we teach traditional skills in drawing and illustrations, it is highly overshadowed with the computer software for enhancement. I cannot disagree with this as the computer does the work faster in some cases.

So each day I am committed in front of the monitor coming up with various designs and artworks, challenging myself and the students to come up with optimal works.  However as the school began this year after the holidays, I have just been checking thesis papers,  submitting lesson plans, and exams. That said, it’s becoming boring once again.

Therefore I am in the procrastinating mood. But things must change. I want to go back to my artistic roots.

Understand that I am “old school” when it comes to illustrations yet I also know the value and usefulness of the computer. It’s just that it has been a while since I touched an actual pencil, and I do believe that behind every successful graphic artwork is a very good hand drawing skill.

So I started this personal project to keep me unplugged for at least two days. I want to spend my weekends quietly and in my kitchen where I work as I eat, occasionally coming out the apartment to smell the roses, literally, when my hand grows tired.  This is a  personal challenge. This project is to recreate the Goddess Venus, as I see her. So far I have two  ideas in my head and this is the one I started this afternoon.

It’s been months since my last post on illustrations. And soon I shall post the progress along with more poetry.

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This is Venus as she emerges from the sea.

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A Portrait

Passion

Red, powerful life’s zest
Color that brights best
On cheeks; in blood
imparted by god
through life and love
bursts when flattery wove
through a touch and a kiss
and when courage not amiss
as needed most in power
to protect a delicate flower
-Marifosque

Hunter (colored)

I watch the shadows in apt silence,
I listen to the winds with a heart of light,
these hands shall not bring pestilence,
for a touch of your perfect might

I hunger, deeply for the unknown,
the vast knowledge I seek in your eye
A soul as old as Earth to own
Let it seep in my being; there let it lie

– M a r i f o s q u e

Beach Babe (colored)

Candy girl, baby sweet

Present me a number,

Come on let’s meet

Show me a smile

Don’t be coy,

Don’t be shy and trust me,

Come have fun with this boy

-M a r i f o s q u e

Flapper Girl: water color, pencil and ballpen

Flapper Girl: water color, pencil and ballpen

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