April 19, 2015

continuous line contours | drawing s'15

This assignment can bring a new level of awareness. With only a split second for self-doubts, Nina's hand moves more freely. Lesson learned: Routinely, set a time limit. For Patrick, every precise detail slows his process. Lesson learned: Widen the view; survey the entire composition. Here a person's overall shape is rather simple.






April 10, 2015

what is the focus? | drawing s'15

With a second class on portraiture, the emphasis is on clothing. Or rather students choose which of the two is the focus. Most often it is the portrait, so then all manner of dress - or guitar - takes a back seat. 




April 05, 2015

portraiture | life drawing s'15

Touch the paper with the charcoal as tenderly as you would touch their face. 



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



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