I’m shaping the arch on my cello. As with drawing, I have a little problem where I have my face is right up against the workpiece. It’s always good to step back and get a macro reading of the shadows to judge where to scrape next. On cello this is harder to do at your desk unless you have extendable arms (which I unfortunately do not).
Fortunately there is a very bright light (the sun) and a mirror (our front door) outside. Everyone passing by on Oakton at 5:30pm today would have seen me holding my cello plate up to the school, Simba-style.
I love the hard shadows from the sun.
Keep the centerline of the plate at the same angle of the sun for a very unforgiving reading of arch symmetry (looks like I still have a little work to do):
I love watching everyone join their plates.
For first timers, jointing can be nerve wracking and stressful, and Becky stands by to advise and calm the student down.
So last Friday’s episode of jointing TV was a little unusual:
I went to a Dr Sketchy cabaret life drawing thingy in Austin. This one was at the aerial dance studio Sky Candy. There were 4 models and at least one was always hangin’ from something. Awesome poses, definitely my favorite life drawing setting.
I got to know the Kuretake No. 13 fountain brush pen a little better. I’d never tried it in life drawing. I looooove it!!
Umm…. later I found this in my sketchbook.
Don’t ask. It wasn’t me.
For the graduation ceremony potluck today, I fed everyone hide glue:
My aunt would make this for us when we were kids.
Here is Tschu Ho Lee, our Director Emeritus, enjoying a cube of hide glue delight.
So that marks the end of my second full year at the Chicago School of Violin Making (I’ve got one more year to go).
Here’s the state of the cello:
And viola is almost done getting varnished:
I’ll be posting from Austin for the next couple weeks. See ya!