Monday, June 18, 2012

An overdue update and some first semester drawings...

I can't quite believe it's been eight months since my last post. For those of you who don't know (an oversight by me, as confirmed by that last sentence), I have been studying full time at Uni SA since February this year. I made the decision to return to study (Bachelor of Design - illustration) around midway through 2011 for a number of reasons, the main one being, quite simply, that I needed to learn more.
So now I am back in a stimulating, challenging learning environment and I'm as happy as a clam. It's been a pretty gruelling pace for the last fifteen weeks, but I've achieved so much it's all been more than worth it. Now, I have five weeks break to recover (and do some much missed sculpting!) before it all starts again in second semester.
Of course, things ('things' being: campus, computers, referencing systems and above all, my age) are VERY different to the last time I was at Uni, which was *ahem* twenty-odd years ago. It took a while to find my feet, but the incredible and unwavering support of my husband and kids played a huge part in building my confidence and giving me the strength to persevere. Now the place seems like a second home and I can concentrate fully on absorbing the knowledge of my tutors and applying myself to the tasks at hand.
Anyway, I hope to be posting more regularly during my break and thought I'd share a few of my favourite drawings from the past few months. All of these were exercises completed as part of the Introductory Drawing course.

Shoes (cropping)

Still Life

Hands (continuous line)

Still Life


Coffee Break

Glass of water with spoon


Till next time.


  1. Glad to hear your first semester was a success. I am sure it will get even more fun and challenging. But, worth every minute. I am also looking forward to your sculpting again to see how your latest experiences may affect how you see things.

  2. How your sketches bring back memories. I too returned to school after 20+ years and graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor's in Art, with a discipline in ceramics and a minor in English and American Lit.

    As for some of my other courses, I did a complete brain dump after I passed and moved on. Like I told my Algebra professor a week before the final, I had no need, EVER, for logarithms, matrix's, quadratic equations or linear for that matter!! LOL Just pass me with a C! I've gotten by all these years without them, I think I can make it the rest of the way without them!! LOL That winter break, I opened up my grades and there in the middle of all A's, was that glorious C!!

    Good luck and always have fun, plus, you're around all that youth and vitality to stimulate you, utilize it.


  3. welcome back ... your drawings are great, my first love was graphite. Good luck with uni, always an exciting challenge when you return to uni as an adult. Can't wait to see some more of your wonderful sculpture work.

  4. Hi Lorell, your drawings are fab. Love the continuous line drawing!How expressive this type of drawing is.
    Hope you have a happy and restorative break. I'm recovering from another knee replacement- just over a week ago. healing v.quickly.My old blog got deleted(not by me- it just vanished), so I lost all my followers.Oh well, nothing like starting again!Lost 240 followers!!
    Have you come across Pan Pastels yet? They are GORGEOUS. The Art School tutors just haven't cottoned onto them when I asked at Art Stretchers.I discovered them at my local Scrapbooking shop. Then I looked at You tube tutorials.Can't wait until I can sit longer and do some drawing with them.
    new blog is )similar to old)!