To answer your question. The difference in terms of abstracting and drawing something is "translating a shape (describing it)" vs. "copying something". It's true that the drawings have a similar look. This is mainly because the students are copying similar marks that their teacher is making - as well as a step by step process. They are still learning how to "translate" by copying what the teacher is translating. I hope this is all making sense - of course - we are all used to learning visually and not solely through words, so I hope you understand what I'm saying.
Abstracting a shape is part "translating the Form" (spelling it out for the viewer) and being able to "see" the light and dark patterns as abstract shapes and not an Eye - or at least not what your brain recognizes as an eye. The abstract shapes that make up an eye (or anything else for that matter) is truly an abstract thing.
Representational artists are truly the abstract artists of the art world. Some might not agree, but I think it's truly abstract to be able to translate a 3-dimensional object onto a 2 dimensional plane using mark making and shapes that have nothing to do with what our brains recognize as reality - but tricks our brains into making it into reality.
I'll post some examples of abstract shapes and how the artist has more control over the shapes than you might think.
WELL SAID YOU! I could not agree more. It is the constant battle against preconceptions. Especially with people and faces, we have built up symbols from a very young age that need to be forgotten and the shapes sought out in a new and fresh way.
Nice drawings I like the heads. Do you do gesture heads or heads in action or expressing surprise, anger, hunger, yearning I would like to see how you handle that.
I taught my first portrait drawing class a couple of months ago and was surprised at the different ideas that came to mind as I was putting together my lesson plans. I found I learned a lot myself, generating questions, integration of different approaches. Even things like why portraits, which brought up subtle communications expressed in the face that we all can decode when looking at someone, how that can be played against formal elements like mark making composition, coloring, lighting etc. I see you're teaching also, for much longer than I, so does this still happen for you? I am gearing up to do a portrait painting class using acrylic paint. Since color creates so many more issues for a student to grasp I am thinking of starting them with a limited palette, that way they can work lighting and form easier as they learn how to work a brush and flow of paint.
Any suggestions on a eight week course at two hours once a week? If your open to discuss it I will email you my number maybe we could talk or I can call you.
I have learned so much from this thread more than any on this site. Why did you stop posting?!!!
You are a very inspirational artist and I've really enjoyed looking at your artwork. I feel like the next step for my art is in the direction of your expertise. I look forward to coming back to your thread (wink wink).
So much outstanding work. Post #318 that portrait in terra cotta (conte?) is really something. Enjoy all of it though, really makes me want to keep drawing when I see work like yours and realize that someday I might be able to manage something like it lol. That sounds selfish, you know what I mean. Great thread!
amazing work, the greater the artist the more you can learn from her/him and i have learned so much looking and compying your drawings, the way you portray the structure its so easy to read and understand, never stop posting hahahaha wish you all the best with your teaching and any other project you might engulf yourself into, youre great already all thats left is to plunge into greatness
Hey Raileyh such beautiful paintings and I really find your drawings interesting. Are you able to explain a bit more about your life drawing process please. I was looking at the 3rd page where you have written down '2 min - Set up, head, midline, parallel'.
Hope, I'm stealing everything here and keeping it on my computer for ever + 7!! I see the Hope R jaw line ( subtle, lost-edge).. Your voice is in my head when I over do those edges ( among many things I have learned from you!).. Great stuff Sir!