Sunday 24 March 2013

New laser cut book

New work - all laser cut from black plike paper

The narrative for this is based on Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, and features dozens of silhouetted characters in a city based on Edinburgh's New Town.

The book isn't yet finished, but below are some photos of the work done from yesterday's session on the laser-cutter... 

All photographs copyright to Tai Kedzierski

shadow play
soft light and hard light combined

Books measure 60cm by 15cm

Friday 22 March 2013

Live performance drawings

Fifty Plays for Edinburgh at the Traverse
Sanctuary by Black Dingo Productions
Richard III

Too Long the Heart (left);
A Taste of Honey (right)

Rebecca Ryan as Jo in
A Taste of Honey
Brutal murders, fights, period costumes and more: why the theatre can be great for life drawing

Figurative work is an important part to my illustration practice and it's an area that I find needs continual practice.  Traditional life drawing classes and others (like Dr Sketchys) are always great for life drawing, but lately I've been trying to find alternatives to stationary models.

It was only after a friend organised for me to come in and make sketches of a play she was involved in that I realised that drawing from theatrical performances was the alternative I'd been looking for.

Many of the drawings done in the theatre are ineligible scrawlings and most of them won't ever see the light of day.  But some of them have been really useful for capturing a facial expression or a gesture or pose.

The only drawback to drawing from a live performance (appart from drawing very fast!) is that you're drawing in semi-darkness.  It's only when the lights come on again do you see the state of your sketchbook...

Sketchbook work from Richard III by the Edinburgh Theatre Graduate Group

Wednesday 20 March 2013

Sketches from 'Winter, Again'

Some sketches from 'Winter, Again' by Scottish Dance Theatre.  With dark images and amazing choreography, the show was a visual joy.

Video promo
for 'Winter, Again' by Scottish Dance Theatre