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.




Hae In

July 31, 2017

the sketchbook | SIS II '17

A fashion exhibit @FIT, drawing caricatures, capturing people on the street, and playing with ideas, add to an exciting sketchbook.




Hae In

July 18, 2017

compare the two | SIS ll '17

Long poses allow time to focus. A great lesson is to realize that one can spend too much time on a drawing. 

Josselyn's second drawing, which went very quickly

Josselyn's first drawing

July 08, 2017

start of the semester quote

"It is often said that Leonardo (da Vinci) drew so well because he knew about things; it is truer to say that he knew about things because he drew so well." 

- Kenneth Clark, Art Historian 

Student work, SIS II '16

Student work, Drawing Sp'13

Student work, Life Drawing f'16

May 12, 2017

practice | drawing sp'17

When a line quickly navigates a stoic expression, or a curvaceous silhouette, the outcome can look effortless. But don't be fooled. It takes hours of chaotic endeavor. Plug away, and experiment with the charcoal. Press down, lighten up, rotate your wrist, and keep your eyes on the model. A medley of failed attempts confirms that you are off to a great start. The examples below are from the fourth or fifth life drawing session:


Julian's first drawing


Alex's first drawing

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