It's nearly been a year since having the good fortune to hang out in Lacoste France for a quarter and study art. Here's a few sketchs of my favorite places.
forest behind Le Chateau des Sade, Lacoste ball point pen
Pitot Garden and roof top, Lacoste (pencil)
Pathway leading to a residential garden (ballpoint pen)
Les Bories dry corbelled hut village just outside of Gordes. People lived in this little cave village with the one communal oven until the early 1900s. They had sheep, pigs, and farmed silk ... after checking them out first hand I derived with scientific precision : living there would get old really quick... unless of course you had a dinosaur for a pet in which case it would be fantastic. (on site watercolor sketch)
Lookit this tree! My teacher didnt much like this one, but its a nice reminder of one of my favorite trees in the village (ball point pen)
The Pitot Lounge, one of the most important rooms on campus because it was the only place with a vending machine and a promise of Wifi. (ball point pen)
Hey its the library which is a renovated bakery. The dome igloo shaped structure behind the chair was the oven original to the building (with just enough space between it and the walls to for kitties to sleep in the winter, thereby keeping rats and mice away from the bread).
The library was awesome... though the books were mostly in french.
Rue du Four* Lacoste. This road went up to the library and down to the cafe. In the opposite direction it leads down to studio 4 and out of the village... and steep as the road seems... I swear it was steeper. (pencil)
Here's a quick and rather sloppy insight into the construction of a scientific illustration, which is more or less an idealized representation of a subject to aid in identification: SO basically a picture from a field guide.
First you need to approach the subject like a sculptor: you need to realize the subject in a three dimensional space. Just like a sculptor you begin with a block, or a cube in our case, and construct with in it, moving from general to more specific forms (it's best to do this process on tracing paper and using different colored pencils helps keep things organized).
.... If you're like me and have a very loose and lazy style you'll soon discover two things:
- this is a job for impeccable draftsmanship and organization AKA the complete antithesis of yourself.
- the sheer complexity in design of even the smallest forms in nature
And so all in all its a fun challenge and I recommend trying it out... but being a little more organized then me. Your constructions should be really well drafted before moving on... if you look below obviously I fudged mine so I could just get down to drawing the final. :D
Final sulphur shelf AKA the chicken of the woods illustration done in black colored pencil on illustration board.If you really wanna try out the chicken of the woods this is a great site in particular to visit during your research, its informative and the end result in the kitchen looks pretty appetizing...well.. for a wild mushroom: http://www.wisconsinmycologicalsociety.org/1-seasonal-photos.htm
Rainbow Scarab Dung Beetle: North America's pretty little poo diggers.
Final illustration depicting orthographic views, size comparisons, habitat, life cycle and behavior... in other words all the information I could cram in there!
Gotta love dung beetles, unsung heroes in the war on poopy.