March 26, 2015

anatomy | life drawing s'15

Light magnifies the beauty of the form. On a more human note, it also articulates a labyrinth of fragile bones, sagging muscles, unwanted body fat, all under a coating of skin that easily burns. Life's imperfections are there in front of us - usually less noteworthy in a class on anatomy. 



March 17, 2015

an introduction to self-expression | drawing s'15

With ten minutes to draw, self-doubts are given free reign: "I don't know how to draw"; "This is embarrassing"; "I'm terrible at drawing." With only one minute to draw, such punitive appraisal is left in the dust. The pace for the next 20 minutes is exhilarating. The grip loosens up on the charcoal, and lines turn both playful and sensuous. Before long, from behind layers of pinned-up gestures, the first drawing is unearthed. It bears witness to when drawing was not fun. Hard to believe that it was only an hour ago. 


February 26, 2015

sketching people | life drawing S'15

Commonly, students zero in on the face, inattentive to the rest of the body. Not so in Emily's sketches. Here perspective is employed - with legs in the forefront - documenting the cursory pose of subway riders given to monopolizing any extra space. 

February 15, 2015

Killer Heels at the Brooklyn Museum | drawing S'15

Structure, line, texture, and value were all put in practice in sketching these extraordinary - often provocative - denizens of haute couture. Whether drawn with a nimble, persistent, or a sparing hand, each student clearly struts their stuff within the pages of their sketchbook.



                                      Stephanie                                                                                Patrick                                                       

                                    Danning                                                                   Izgi



February 08, 2015

the second day of class | drawing S'15

Beautiful work in Ana's sketchbook - from life and from her imagination.

January 30, 2015

the first sketches

"I have no experience," is the usual remark the first day of class. A quick exercise and self-flagellation is rampant. It is hard for students to fathom just how far their work can progress. 

Like many this week, Cat barely made marks legible on the page. (It is not your computer, the lines are indeed very light.) Last semester, she started off with an uncertain hand, took to the lessons, practiced them at home, sought feedback, and became a powerhouse with both pencil and marker. Ultimately, what made the difference was her own perseverance. 


Cat's first one minute sketches

Cat's composition in pencil

Cat's perspective sketch with marker

January 22, 2015

start of the semester quote

"It is only by drawing often, drawing everything, drawing incessantly, that one fine day you discover to your surprise that you have rendered something in its true character." 

- Camille Pissarro (1830-1903), Impressionist 

Sketches by Fernando

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