November 19, 2017

looking back


While watching a documentary that touches upon the country of Bhutan, I am reminded of Zimbiri, a student from my 2011 Drawing and Painting summer intensive. A search of the internet leads me to the following interview. My reward is seeing her develop past the final project.







Classwork:











November 09, 2017

Grand Central Terminal | drawing f'17


The scale is overwhelming: A football field of perpetual activity, with ornately crafted details, 75 foot windows, and a star-studded ceiling. The challenge is to stay focused. Find what attracts you. Begin with lines of perspective, and add details only where needed. 



Karina


Hiroko and Natalie

Thomas

October 10, 2017

the first class | drawing f'17


To learn how to draw fast is the desired outcome. As the artist/designer moves their hand, ideas tumble onto the paper. An invention, a building, a room, a graphic image, a garment, a painting, or a sculpture most often takes root very quickly. Drawing from life, improves the ability to sketch, to create this personal shorthand.

So, in my drawing course, the first day is a bit of a sink or swim. Pick a small object out of a bag, with only a minute to sketch, and then pass it on to the next person. After reviewing, the lesson is an eyeopener: How do you hold the pencil? How do you draw a straight line? What angle communicates the most information? After instruction, Lydia's second attempt, on the right, shows her new found confidence. 






August 30, 2017

start of the semester quote

"Even as a kid in drawing class, I had real ambition. I wanted to be the best in the class, but there was always some other feller who was better; so I thought, 'it can't be about being the best, it has to be about the drawing itself, what you do with it.' That's kind of stuck with me." 


- Damien Hirst, British artist


Student work

Student work


Student work





August 18, 2017

process | SIS II '17


I encourage students to take photos at all stages of their drawing. Beginning with a light gesture, to plan her composition, Emma follows with a contour line, to carve out the flesh, and then maps out the shapes of shadows, to later fill in with values. (Luckily, I had my camera ready.)






August 08, 2017

perspective | SIS II '17


He sprawls his elongated body across the chair, and in that instant, I know the lesson. Perspective is best explained, with the corner of a building jutting forward (in two-point perspective), or broad railroad tracks disappearing in the distance (in one-point perspective). Yet, when drawing the figure, there are no parallel lines or visible vanishing points. However, there is one crucial rule to follow: What is nearest to the viewer appears larger in size than what is further away.

 

Josselyn
Charlene

Julia

Hae In



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