This end of the year I had the opportunity to get away with my family for a week. We stayed by a lake in the woods around Stone Mountain. It was a great way to bring in the new year, we did some hiking, sat around bon fires, watched the kids play out all day in spite of the cold and spent time with family and friends. I got to work on a small silverpoint drawing which I will share in a future post because it could use some refining.
I am however sharing a journal drawing from our trip to Stone Mountain three years ago. It’s always great to find time to draw on our nature getaways. This two page spread is a landscape study in warm and cool temperatures to show depth. It is part of a written journal in which I record our family’s experiences when we go camping. Keeping journals and sketchbooks is a great way to record life experiences, I hope my children will look through these journals in the future and find many of the memories we have created together.
Adriana Burgos, Study of woods in black and sienna, 2014
In this particular sketch, I used sanguine, graphite and charcoal. Using the red and black is always an interesting challenge, because although the drawing is still a value drawing, the temperature shifts from black to red brown offer an added quality that allows me to manipulate depth through value contrast and temperature.
I look forward to sharing new memories through sketchbook drawings this new year.
I have come to love the mysterious quality of the landscape around the area I live. This summer I started working on the South Land series, a body of work inspired by places I visit periodically in the Georgia and South Carolina low country. The natural resources here include marshes, beaches, swamps and woods. In this series, I am combining images from sketchbook drawings, and my photographs into narrative compositions. Always an avid reader, I find inspiration in literature and I believe the juxtaposition of figure and landscape creates a sense of story worth exploring.
Adriana Burgos, thumbnail sketches for “Fort”, graphite on paper
Today I am sharing some thumbnail sketches and a preliminary sketch for “Fort”. The thumbnails are about 3″ wide and were done with graphite in my sketchbook. The larger comp is roughly 15″ x 11″ done with sanguine pencil. Although the small graphite drawings were meant to be different ideas for a single piece, I intend to develop several finished drawings based on these. My main objectives here were to experiment with shapes in relation to the picture plane, placement of the elements, movement and depth. I was having fun with the effect of directional lines across the space. The orientation of the branches and tree trunks create a choreography of linear structure that I find striking.
Adriana Burgos 2016, “study for Fort”, sanguine on cream stonehenge paper,
The final pieces based on these studies will be large charcoal drawings. This is the ideal medium to continue my experimentations with value to create a sense of atmosphere. I hope to be posting progress soon!
I found this study of a tree from last year as I revisited old sketchbooks. Next to the drawing, I wrote a quote by the great writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I did this little drawing right around the time that Garcia Marquez passed away, his novels and short stories have been a great source of inspiration for me as an artist so I spent time reading about his legacy . Looking through some articles, I stumbled upon this quote:
Detail of study of tree with quote
” It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.”
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Wise words, I hope to never stop pursuing my dreams…
Adriana Burgos, Sketchbook study of a tree in graphite
On labor day weekend this year we went camping to Jekyll Island. The park was full with people getting the most out of the end of the summer and we enjoyed a great weekend there. Saturday was rainy so we spent a lot of time sitting under the awning of our camper and either reading or drawing.
I worked on a small study of an oak tree from direct observation. Oak trees abound in the south and this particular one is a very impressive old one. For this study I focused on the tree itself and the ones on the background aiming to achieve a sense of depth through atmospheric perspective (less contrast and detail in the background).
Study of an oak tree from direct observation in silverpoint
My nine-year old son Felipe, joined me and worked on his own observational silverpoint drawing. I recommended that he look at the negative shapes and draw the spaces in between the branches to deal with the complexity of the subject and he did a great job!! His loose marks and linear build up of value are impressive and his composition very dynamic. Children are such natural artists. They never seize to amaze me.
Silverpoint drawing by my 9 year old son Felipe
This week I am sharing an observational sketchbook study I did on one of my recent camping trips to George L. Smith, a Ga state park with beautiful landscape. There are rows and rows of cypress trees in a lake. The swampy feel is unique to the area and can be so mysterious. I love the pattern made by the receding trees and the way they reflect on the water.
This was my first developed drawing with copic markers. I picked a blue grey with sepia to play the warm against the cool colors. These markers are great for layering thus achieving several gradations of value and color. I also added fine lines with copic multiliners. The drawing was done in my multimedia journal, next time I will use the marker paper.
I spent the last week of 2014 camping with my husband and kids at Jekyll Island, Ga. The setting was ideal for reflecting on the ending year and setting goals for the new year. Here are a couple of sketchbook drawings from that week. I wish all of you a Happy New Year!
Adriana Burgos, sketchbook drawing , woods at Jekyll, sanguine
Adriana Burgos, sketchbook drawing, graphite on paper
Adriana Burgos, sketchbook drawing, charcoal and sanguine, driftwood
We are getting ready for our last family vacation of the year, a camping trip to one of my favorite places in Georgia, Jekyll Island. The island has beautiful beaches, marshes, rivers, gorgeous huge oak trees and beautiful driftwood along the water. This is a sketch I did on site at Driftwood Beach a while back. I was drawn to the beautiful shapes created by the branches. I look forward to more sketching this trip!
Adriana Burgos 1 minute gesture sketchbook drawing from the karate journals
Today I share with you a single figure from my karate sketches. This is a gesture drawing done under one minute. The subject is a child in sparring gear, which includes, a helmet, gloves and shoes. I marvel at the balance and rhythms found in the human figure and never get tired of studying this through these observational sketches. In the torso, the spine has an “S” like movement; on the legs, the curvatures of the front of the thighs face the curves of the calves. All these lyrical movements add grace to the standing human form.
I am so grateful to live near the ocean and coastal rivers. Savannah has beautiful waterways and I often get away with my family in our camper to the beach or by a river.
Here is a selection of sketchbook drawings done from docks or fishing piers over the years. These were all done from direct observation. My favorite thing about drawing from direct observation is that the response to the subject being drawn is more emotional and the feeling of the space makes it into the drawing.
Adriana Burgos, sketchbook drawing, 2009, graphite
Adriana Burgos, 2009, Sketchbook drawing, graphite and water soluble colored pencils
Adriana Burgos, 2014, Sketchbook drawing, copic multiliner
Adriana Burgos, 2014, sketchbook drawing, copic multiliner pens
This is the first post under the Sunday sketchbook category. I plan to upload a sketchbook entry every Sunday.
I did this sketch at the Atlanta airport, while waiting to board the plane on a business trip. This was done with ballpoint pen on a travelogue sketchbook.
I had fun observing all the activity that happened while I was drawing and hope to have captured some of that.
Adriana Burgos, sketchbook entry, 2014, ballpoint pen