More Exercises in Quick Basic Lines, Followed by Formline

I love working at the Sheldon Jackson Museum here in Sitka. It’s an opportunity to share what I know about our Tlingit culture, and how the clan crest art is an integral part of life. I try to avoid speaking in the past tense, when speaking with visitors to the museum. Speaking in the past tense, even though it is an historical collection, might give the impression that our culture is a thing of the past. Our culture and our arts are alive.

Even though I love my job, I find myself yearning for the day when I don’t have to do anything except art. Someday. Meanwhile, I’m going to upload all the rest of the images from my first completed sketchbook. Yep, I filled an entire sketchbook as a result of a promise I made to myself to sketch every day. If I miss any day of sketching, that tells me a little about my lack of discipline (it’s usually never for lack of time).

Here ya go.

In this design, I wanted to start with semi-circular lines transected by other lines. Can you spot the basic lines I started with? These basic lines I then develop into formline shapes. I didn’t want to fill in with secondary formlines. Just the basics.

The 2 sketches below are simple exercises in roughing out some basic lines and then filling in with formline. Doesn’t necessarily have to illustrate a real creature.

Experimental formline art by Tlingit artist Robert Davis Hoffmann

Triangle

Experimental formline art by Tlingit artist Robert Davis Hoffmann

Basic Lines

Experimental formline art by Tlingit artist Robert Davis Hoffmann

Killer Whale

Well, it’s a three day weekend. I’m going out to do some yard work. You know what they say about all play and no work…

 

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