McGlamorous Book Reviews :: Beginning Pen and Ink

Welcome to my new category of posts – Image of Pen Ink BookMcGlamorous Book reviews! I have been wanting to share the excitement of a new read and now is my chance with my first review of a book in the sub-category of art.

I will begin by expressing much excitement over a book by Desarae Lee, Beginning Pen & InkIndeed, a dependable Walter Foster book reminds me of my first high school art classes, this time with a more mature knowledge and attention span.

It begins with the basics techniques of drawing with chapters on line and contour work, gesture drawing, and all the essentials to exercise value and tone in your drawings. It is devoted to pen and ink, yet covers the paths of pencil techniques, not to mention light, shadow, and composition.

Final chapters test your knowledge with projects to master these techniques. I love the way they are presented and the subject matter, which includes an enormous, animated octopus and a gently flowered bear. The projects include a watercolor background and additional bonus education in another medium.

Overall, it is a great beginner book. Easy to follow with good projects and fills the desire for “doodling” really well.  It is a fair warning that it does sharpen your patience skills, as the exercises seem to require a steady and calm focus, but as with all art, the time is worth the reward.

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~ McGlamorous

Art of the Skateboard : : Tales of a Skate Betty

Art of the Skateboard : : Tales of a Skate Betty

 

One of my crazy past times characters as a teenage tom-girl was in the role of the girl skater, or “Skate Betty” as they called us. While going through storage this weekend I found various stickers, clothing, and skateboard hardware that inspired me to write an article on this past time activity.

Most purchases of the emotionally driven artist seems to go in the direction of graphics, color, and the “Oh I want this now!” approach. Yep, that was the case when I decided to copy the high school skater guys before braces or Homecoming queen transitions, and buy my first skateboard deck complete with truck guards, rails – the whole package. It was one of my first lay-aways and fully supported by my parents who provided protective gear like any good parents would.

Jim Theibaud Vintage Skateboard Deck For Sale

We fantasized of half-pipes, getting air, or street skating around the city, and everywhere we looked was an opportunity to just skate over it. It was a bond between me and the guys, or an attempt at getting through those awkward years. Since we were all in art class together it was another creative venture to discuss. I imagined getting air on huge half-pipes but ended up entertaining my solo self in the parking lots of Crisp County. Every rail and parking marker was to be dominated. No curve or slope of concrete unexplored. The Ollie was my undefeated foe, and along with my skating cousins, we would prevail!

Skating and swimming were a huge part of my teen years, just as the existing generation, and I now look on those times with warmth. Collecting was a hobby. I still have my favorite Powell Peralta shirt, probably the softest T ever owned at this point due to so many washings.

Through the eyes of an artist those bright graphics were super alluring. Some of my first skate pieces were painted in lime or pink. There were no rules. The guys wore color too, and that was exciting. A nearby Albany, Georgia store provided for our passions. The small space was tucked back in a shopping center moved into the Albany Mall, an even better place for teens to meet. I don’t know what those guys thought of the skater girl, but I was determined to make a mark.

Alas, time moved on and as graduation approached I sensed our parting and growing up. Braces were expensive and I wanted to keep my new straight teeth in, so as time passed the boards ended up in storage. Energy was devoted to dance and a new phase of life. I had something else to work hard at, so it was ok.

Jim Theibaud Vintage Skateboard Deck For Sale

So, onward to the most recent item out of storage. A Jim Thiebaud original deck from the late eighties early nineties. It is not a re-issue, but not the original artwork that caused a cease and desist. I have done a little research here in an article That will help explain the board’s history. The board that I have is for sale in hopes that the right collector will come along. It will be listed on Ebay and can be found here on my profile.

 

In the meantime, long live the skate Betty!

 

~ McGlamorous

 

 

How to Tap Dance :: Crazy Socks Tap™ :: Shuffle with Bandy Twist

How to Tap Dance :: Crazy Socks Tap™ :: Shuffle with Bandy Twist

Here is the continuation of the Bandy Twist combo. I added a few shuffles and ball change for rhythm and fun.

Shuffle with Bandy Twist

With Counts: Part C. (With Shuffle)

1-Step R

and 2-Shuffle L fwd

and 3-Ball change L-R

and- Pivot on R for 1/2 turn R

4- Step L

 

Song: Rhumboogie by the Andrews Sisters

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~McGlamorous

How to Tap Dance :: Crazy Socks Tap ™ :: The Bandy Twist

How to Tap Dance :: Crazy Socks Tap ™ :: The Bandy Twist

The Bandy Twist

 

Here we go with another Crazy Socks post. Moving into the B’s with the Bandy Twist. This clip shows parts A and B together. C contains an added shuffle can be found here on my channel The AMcGlamorous and in this post.

This is the second post from a previous video on the Abe Kabbible.

For all posts you can visit the Tutorials page here.

 

 

Bandy Twist: A basic movement originated by Jim Bandy, a dancer of the vaudeville days.

With Counts:

Part A. (Basic)

1-Step R (XF of L)

and -Pivot on R for 1/2 turn R

2-Step L

3-) Repeat A and-)

4-)

 

With Counts:

Part B. (With Ball Change)

and 1-Ball change L-R

and – Pivot on R for 1/2 turn R

2-Step L and

3-) Reverse B

and-)

4-)

Song: Rhumboogie by the Andrews Sisters

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Hope you enjoy playing along, and thanks for tapping with me!

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~McGlamorous

Tales from the Garden :: A New Love Featuring Iris

Tales from the Garden :: A New Love Featuring Iris

Tales from the Garden :: A New Love Featuring Iris

 

A newly found love. Gardening! Here are some pics from our garden this Spring. I’ll start with Irises and pleasant thoughts of a ballet instructor with such a name. I don’t have much to say so I’ll let them speak for themselves.

 

 

~McGlamorous