On Saturday my illustration group went to a Mandir, or Hindu temple, for a little sketch time. The location in the Atlanta area is breathtaking. There are only five in North America. It is the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan mandir.
The only way I could describe the interior was like being on the inside of a wedding cake. Every inch of white marble was carved with pattern, figures, words, and animals. This included columns, arches, ceiling, walls, nooks, and crannies. We were not permitted to photograph the interior, but here are a few of my sketches.
Most of my sketches were what is called gesture drawings. After many years of life drawing I like to fallback to these. A gesture drawing is done while looking at the subject and not looking at the paper. The hand follows the eye as it moves around. This explains why there are often several lines crossing each other in strange connections or why a figure may have an arm growing out of its head. To take in as much movement, feeling and gesture as possible in a very short amount of time, 30 seconds, one minute is the purpose. It is a way to train your eye to see what is important.
I have been working on my Melvin Fine Mouse book so was charmed to see these little rodents at the foot of Ganesh in several figures on a column.
Our group of illustrators drawing and taking in the scene.
To see the amazing talent of my fellow artists you can click on their names and see examples of their work.
This group is representative of the Southern Breeze region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
If you have any interest in this industry it is a “must” to join this organization. The opportunities and friendships are the best.