These are solid studies. Please keep posting.
And if I'm not mistaken, I see Orbik's influence written all over these. You wouldn't happen to have studied at the California Art Institute... ?
Sfa - Yep - I studied with Glenn Orbik for close to a year. The information he passed along was priceless. Before working with Glenn i spend years at the Academy in SF (trying) to learn how to draw, but not getting solid - consistent information - though the Academy has some amazing teachers, they don't have a class like Glenn's that teaches abstractions and how to design shapes.
Doonboy - Thank you, no I studied at the Academy in SF and with Glenn Orbik at CAI. I continue to go to workshops weekly.
Farsh , Oruhito, Serpian, Tenna _mom, Mentler, Nightblue, Frank, Saa , Smith - Thank you for the kind words. I'll try to post more soon.
"That fat kid;1935754]Hey,
When you say design shapes, what exactly are you implying? The emphasis on individual shapes or how the design of the shapes informs the overall design of the composition? And, how do you approach these designs? As in, what kind of thought processes do you use since you're drawing from life and how do you implement it?"
CAI teaches a way of seeing planes of the figure and head so students can learn how to place features perfectly and how to push the pose if needed. Much like Loomis, but they compile many of their students work from years ago and Fred Fixler's teachings together to show how different people can translate the figure in different ways - beginning with quick poses - on through long sittings.
When I spoke about designing of shapes, I meant mostly designing of the planes visible in the half tones. Rather than copying the model - being able to design the shadow shapes and the visible halftones to create something that comes from the artist rather than just a copy of the model. Pushing the pose further, or designing the eye shapes - mouth shapes, and also designing the overall layout on the page. I'll post some examples of their past student work that their current students study.
Hope this helps.
Those are some of the best head studies I've seen in a long while.
I think I kinda understand what you say about designing shapes. When I look at those head studies, I see that you're making the 3d form more apparent by looking for the planes, shadow shapes, etc. Another term I've heard artists use is "conceptualizing the form".
i love people it when people can effectively use such sharp, straight lines in their figures .. and you do this so very well. Your angles are fantastic. Very opposite of my style and it makes me jealous when i try to emulate this style because it is much harder than it seems. Fantastic work.
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incredible artistry. keep it up!
Thank you for kind remarks: VincentGordan, Kingshaj, Slipp3ry, Dizon.
Below are drawings from past students and artists, Not Me!! from CAI, some of the quick poses are from 1949 on through the 70's and 80's.
I know some of these quick poses are James Bama, and Fred Fixler. Anyone in Southern California wanting to learn how to draw the figure should spend some time with Glenn Orbik at CAI in Westlake. The instruction is solid and consistent. I highly recommend them. They have hundreds of drawings on the walls for students to study.
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What a great thread! Your stylization and simplification in the paintings is fantastic, and your figure studies are all top-notch. Very solid stuff. 5 stars from me...
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wow, amazing stuff man, really digging the heads and the figure stuff, keep on posting.
you have amazing work, its nice to traditional medium here.
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