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Ladies Drawing Night: Make Art, Get Inspired, Join the Party Paperback – August 16, 2016
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I have just moved to the city and I am looking for the ways to connect with other creatives here. I am planning to organize something similar very soon! :)
I particularly liked that they included images of the ladies' finished pieces and a list of the tools that they used as well as the overall projects. The 3D paperboard city project was a particularly clever idea too. The last two ladies nights were the least inspired: one was going out to a bar and the other was a kids night. While they are great ideas they were not as engaging as the projects earlier in the book.
The three women author/artists who wrote the book (as well as friends and guest artists who contributed) followed themes at their gatherings. The photos show the results of fashion illustrations, collages, repeated patterns, cardboard constructions, hand lettering, figure drawing and collaborations with children. All of the content was put together very attractively by designer Jenny Volvovski.
Julia Rothman, Leah Goren and Rachael Cole "design, illustrate, and draw to pay the rent." Drawing nights are free time when they can make what they want. They have fun, experiment with different media, discuss work as well as their personal lives when they get together.
The book describes ten "ladies drawing nights." Talented guest artists were invited to each. Instructions are included in each session so readers can create their own drawing nights. Supply lists for the particular project themes are also outlined.
"Drawing on Style" was held in Joana Avillez's loft in Tribeca, Manhattan. She works on fashion-related illustrations and was the guest artist/instructor for the evening along with Lauren Tamaki who is an illustrator, trained in traditional sewing and pattern drawing.
Drawing clothing turned out to be fun for the participants and "the more weird the clothing, the more fun it is to draw," Rothman says. The photograph of the table shows snacks, wine bottles and glasses along with books for inspiration, paints and brushes.
It's fun to see the works in progress and then the .takeaway," when the final results are revealed. The finished art work is often whimsical,such as the collages created at the "Cut and Paste" night at Cole's apartment in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. The "Cardboard City" created in an artist's studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn was a challenge that involved cutting cardboard with X-Acto blades.but worth it. The results are imaginative and colourful in the form of buildings, vehicles, and trees.
"Kidding Around," the final chapter, was a collaboration with children. The theme was a fantasy zoo and the children were encouraged rather than directed in their painting and drawing.
This is such a good idea: getting together with friends, inviting artists for some instruction, and collaborating for the fun of it. Most of us wish we could create a unique piece of art but are afraid to try. With others nearby, it's not so daunting. Guidelines are included for holding your own "ladies drawing nights." This book can become one of the main tools of inspiration.
by Mary Ann Moore
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women