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

January 16, 2015

practice | drawing f'14

When a redo is indicated, a sigh of disappointment is the usual response. Though barely audible, the face and body language screams: But it took so long to do! Once should be enough! 

As the author Malcolm Gladwell writes in his book The Tipping Point, "Practice isn't the thing you do once you're good. It's the thing you do that makes you good." For those who are just beginning to draw: Put the time into it. Learn from your mistakes, and rejoice in your triumphs.

Kenzie's 1st attempt

Kenzie's redo

Shreya's 1st attempt

Shreya's redo

January 07, 2015

fashion illustration | drawing f'14

Here these students strategize their application of paint in a seemingly indiscriminate and playful manner. The result is a casual, street-chic approach to fashion indicative of the time in which we live. 

Happy New Year!



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