Monday July 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. the MCBA Visual Journal Collective will have a double treat: a visit from a life model—Murphy (pictured above), and a short presentation on drawing live animals with artist Julie Fakler (who will also have some of her sketchbooks and recent work on hand for inspiration). For directions to MCBA click here. Parking is limited so allow extra time to find a parking spot.
That's right, Monday is your opportunity to meet a talented dog portrait artist and a very sweet, and draw-able dog model.
Murphy is part of the growing Anthony pack and will come along with long-time Collective member Molly Anthony.
It is also Murphy's birthday! Don't bring gifts, but do bring your desire to sketch (as well as your journal and favorite sketching medium).
As usual there will be an opportunity to share some of your recent work journal work at the end of the meeting.
Now, I realize some of you are reading this saying, "Why don't I live in the Twin Cities so that I can attend these fun meetings?" (Yes, why don't you?)
While it's not always possible to include you from a distance, this month, because Molly provided me with additional photos from the life model's portfolio, I thought I would post those photos of Murphy and encourage you to sketch Murphy with us—a virtual sketch night.
Left: A second image of Murphy, the wonderful life model. You can use this image as a reference to sketch with us long-distance. Read the rest of the post for details. Click on the image to view an enlargement.
I urge you to join us vicarously on Monday night.
Wherever you are, sit down and sketch from one of the three photos of Murphy in this post (not from Julie's painting of another dog) and put a sketch on a birthday card for Murphy.
You can send the birthday card to Murphy care of Roz Stendahl, P.O. Box 141434, Minneapolis, MN 55414. I'll make sure that he gets them. I know that Molly would be excited to see how you capture his likeness on this special day.
But if you're local, come and sketch Murphy in person and take this opportunity to meet Julie Fakler and be inspired by her art and ideas. And of course get in some sketching practice.
You know it isn't that long until the 2012 Minnesota State Fair! This is just the type of practice you need.
Below: one more photo of Murphy that you can use for your virtual sketch night with the Collective. Click on the image to view an enlargment.