Saturday, June 17, 2006

Self Portrait Marathon #8

In today's class at LA ComedySportz, we did "space work." At first, I thought Lauren wanted us to do mime, but that's not what it is. Mime is an (annoying) art form by itself. Space work is this: hold a cup; then someone remove that cup from your hand, but your hand remains in the shape the cup occupied. Space work is the same thing artists do when creating an image. It's not necessarily about lines, or the actual subject you're drawing. Sometimes it's about the negative space surrounding everything. In improv, you have to establish the WHERE of everything by doing solid space work. It was hard, but great fun.


karena said...

My niece is an artist. I'm going to see if I can upload some of her work on to my site. Your description of space work is quite interesting. I will ask her if she has heard of this technique. She's in art school right now and really loving it.

I like this portrait too and think this shows a lot of talent. I may have to try it some day.

DivaJood said...

Karena, some of the people in the Marathon have never drawn before -- and there's some fantastic stuff being done. Sparky's challenge was to really LOOK at oneself. One guy put up a photo of himself taken ten days after his father died. It's a heartbreaking image.

Would love to see some of your niece's work, on your blog. Art School is a wonderful experience; the exposure to a unique kind of critical thinking is amazing.

Plus, I never got more free booze in my life than when I was in Art School. Which is probably why I no longer drink at all.

karena said...

Free booze! How does that work? I guess they pass out the wine and what not for the shows.

I think I will look into trying to draw or paint something. It seems real interesting. I have always wondered about it, so why not give it a whirl?

karena said...

Diva, I just uploaded a piece of art work by my niece and it is wonderful. The piece will be gracing my walls in the near future. Check it out when you get a chance.

DivaJood said...

Karena, you should go over to Sparky's blog -- link is on my list under Crack Skull Bob -- look at what people are doing. It's fun. Will pop over to see your niece's piece.