C’ville Arts Features – “Drawing on Life with Laughter” – During February
Charlottesville, VA, January 24, 2020
Our popular and gifted illustrator, Jesse Bellavance will be the featured artist during February. He will be at the gallery to share his humorous, uplifting and local collection of work during the Historical Downtown Mall’s First Friday event on February 7th from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Here’s a preview:
Originally, I worked for the Marine Corps as a contract Cartographer aboard MCB Quantico and then later for SNL Financial. During my time there, I developed an attention to detail while working with thousands of graphic elements on a map. I believe that helped me later with my style of drawing.
I began drawing in earnest about 5 years ago after reading the book, “Drawing On The Right Side of the Brain” by Betty Edwards. Her method taught me how to look at an object and draw what I actually see rather than what I thought was there. Initially I worked in pencil and then moved on to using Micron Ink pens. On occasion, I will add a dash of watercolor to my ink drawings.
Creating whimsical drawings with animals that are humorous is something I really enjoy. For 2020 I even plan on starting a one panel comic strip. My guiding stars are Gary Larson’s, the Far Side and also Bill Watterson’s series Calvin and Hobbes.
My other favorite subjects are local Charlottesville area buildings that are the touchstones to our daily lives. Reid’s Grocery, Crozet Pizza, Fry’s Spring Station or Shenandoah Joes. All of these local places are important to us. It’s where we go to enjoy time with our friends and family or are simply places part of our daily routine.
To learn more about Jesse and his work visit his web site www.bellavanceink.com
For additional information, contact Amy Melville at 434-972-9500. The gallery’s web site is www.cvillearts.org. The C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery, located on the historic Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, is open Monday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m.