November 18, 2014

sketching at the museum | drawing f'14

What a delight. Soon after I visited the Rubin Museum of Art for the first time, Fernando showed me his sketches. There was the the statue that I photographed. How could anyone miss it? Virupaksha, the Guardian King of the West (China, 17th-18th century, Qing dynasty. Clay, polychrome, and stone with wooden base and interior armature). 

November 10, 2014

an expressive line | drawing f'14

Your own joy, spunk, flexibility, and confidence, can speak through your line.



November 02, 2014

eureka moments | drawing f'14

With a powerful sweep of her arm, Alexa conveys the model's muscular physique. Yet, mortal strength does not make a portrait. The lesson is to soften the pressure of the charcoal. Caress the face. It seems so simple, and then it happens - the eye recedes into the shadows - and we are drawn into the model's contemplative gaze. 



With little effort, Robin flexes her wrist to draw a contour. Yet, when it comes to shadows, she gouges out each hidden crevice with rock-hard determination. Frustration shows. Then, with few minutes left in the pose, she sees it for herself: The light - and the way it so clearly defines the other eye.  



October 27, 2014

values | drawing f'14

In a few words: Keep the shadows simple, and play up the contours. 


October 21, 2014

mannequin | drawing f'14

The emphasis was on adding character. A dash of zest to the blind contours, brought the clothed mannequin to life. 



October 16, 2014

continuous line contours | life drawing f'14

Can you tell which of Max's sketches followed a lesson on contour? If you picked the one on the right - without the extra starch in the jeans and sweatshirt - you were correct. A relaxed grip on the pen helps, along with this good rule of thumb: Draw what you see, and not what your brain tries to recall.  

October 13, 2014

the first class in figure drawing | drawing f'14

"No art is any good unless you can feel how it's put together. By and large it's the eye, the hand and if it's any good, you feel the body. Most of the best stuff seems to be a complete gesture, the totality of the artist's body..."
-Frank Stella, artist

Sol's first drawing

Sol's one minute gesture drawing

Kenzie's first drawing

Kenzie's one minute gesture drawing

Rafi's first drawing

Rafi's one minute gesture drawing
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