October 01, 2015

the second class | life drawing f'15

There is often a disconnect between the student and the paper, when charcoal is introduced as a drawing tool. While ideal for its range of marks, uniform lines, all rendered with a tense grip, scream too much control. Enter gesture drawing, with its brand of rapid-fire marks. When no longer confined by the intellect, charcoal caresses the surface of the flesh, with lines that bend, flow, and pulsate. Forget about perfection. A far more engaging objective: Make a sexy line. 



September 20, 2015

the first day's gestures | life drawing f'15

A life drawing class can segue into any form of personal expression. Free your grip on the charcoal, play around with marks on the paper, and you open an array of possibilities. Stay in control, overthink, and you kill creativity.

August 31, 2015

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, 1903-1983

August 20, 2015

portraiture | drawing: figure & meaning SIS II '15

Aline's versatility with methods and materials.

Graphite pencil
Self-portrait with markers and color pencils

Markers in sketchbook

August 11, 2015

some helpful pointers | drawing: figure and meaning SIS II '15

Each of Alyssa's drawings illustrate one or more lessons: What is the focus? Downplay the supporting character. Negative space is important. Look for large, simple shapes of light and shadow. Use the tip of the charcoal, or the tip of the brush, for a contour line. Avoid bringing attention to the edge of the paper. 

July 29, 2015

lines | drawing: figure & meaning SIS II '15

In Lexie's first drawing, she only uses a heavy contour, and then in a one-minute drawing, she does not know what to do. So the first lesson is to experiment, and become familiar with the charcoal. 

The side and the tip are addressed, and with enough practice her line variations become standard. 

By the last week of class, Lexie eases up on the pressure, and shows her sensitive touch. Here values are emphasized, and contour lines play a decidedly minor role. Even the model's hand, drawn at the bottom of the paper, is so light as to not distract from the focus. 

July 19, 2015

adding character | drawing: figure & meaning SIS II '15

When Rivala plays with marks on the paper, not only do her figures show her energy, by the second week, she imbues them with personality. 

First ten minute drawing
First one minute drawing

The first week of gesture drawing

The second week after lessons on clothing, portraiture, and composition


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