Sioux Lookout artist, illustrator shares creative talents during Blueberry Festival drawing lessons
Tim Brody - Editor
Participants in local artist and illustrator Gabrielle Cosco’s Blueberry Festival virtual drawing lessons had an opportunity to hone their artistic talents on August 4 and 5.
Cosco first took participants through the process of drawing comic characters and superheroes. The following day she helped participants improve their portrait drawing techniques.
“There were about 4-6 participants in each session. They were small but that made it easier to converse and chat and get to know everyone,” she shared.
“I definitely liked the virtual aspect of the drawing lessons this year and it was great to be a part of the Blueberry Festival, even though we are dealing with the pandemic and it’s being held during a time that calls for physical distancing from others,” Cosco commented, adding, “The organizers did a great job working with me on my event and allowing me to participate in a way that made me and the participants feel safe and protected. And all the events seem to be being handled in a similar way which is great.”
Cosco said the drawing lessons were a lot of fun, “We did a step by step anatomy lesson and body proportions for the superhero lesson. So I taught students how to build a skeleton to build their superheroes on and then apply those proportions when using a line of action. We also did some gesture drawing.
“The portrait one turned out to be a similar lesson but focused on the face and facial features instead of the entire body. We went through the proportions of the face and then how to apply that to a portrait and adding likeness. It was great to work with the students whether they were new faces or familiar ones. Everyone did a great job and had super attitudes working through their drawings.”