Saturday, April 19, 2008

Katie Cat From Behind

Katie Cat From Behind
copyright Sydney Harper

I'm back from being immersed in taxes, some short trips, and a boatload of work for the past couple of weeks. I've been focusing on doing quick pencil sketches lately. Katie is a good subject since she sleeps a lot, like most cats. I've also been sketching from the Sunrise Earth show on HD Theater. It's not like sketching in plein air but there's subject matter that isn't readily accessible for me. I'm also stuck in planning mode for my next painting. Sometimes I do too much planning, trying to achieve the perfect subject. So I'm determined that I'm going to just start something this weekend. In the meantime, here's something interesting I found.

Explaining Science Through Drawing

Since I have a degree in science, I get a lot of science-related email in addition to art-related and knitting-related email. This
article from the National Science Foundation came as a pleasant surprise. It turns out that the act of explaining scientific concepts through drawings helps the illustrator understand the underlying concepts. The next step of this project is to get design students together with science students so they can learn from each other.


caseytoussaint said...

What a lovely little cat sketch. Well done.

Robyn Sinclair said...

I like your cat too, Sydney. Also your weed. There is beauty in every plant, even weeds, when one looks closely at them.

You are an absolute gem identifying my mystery Japanese book. Thank you!

Sydney Harper said...

Thanks Casey!

Robyn, I just happened to get a mailing from Dover this week advertising their Japanese Crest book, so it came at the right time.