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I dont have much time but i really had to stop by and say wooow, these are great just like the earlier posts!
Never seen this thread before but ill drop by again for sure.
Thanx for sharing.
Thank you for the very kind words S M and Algenpfleger.
To answer your question Algenpfleger,
I use smooth newsprint when doing quick sketches. It's a nice surface to work on, though the drawings are not archival and will turn dark and yellow over time if they're left in open air. I also use 2b - 4b charcoal pencils sharpened with a razor blade to leave about an inch of exposed charcoal sharpened to a point. With a sharpened pencil and smooth newsprint I can get marks to go down very easily. If my paper doesn't work for me I'll fight the drawing and won't get too far.
Hope this helps - draw every day.
Below I'm posting some drawings done by Fred Fixler (grandfather of figure drawing here in Southern Cali)
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Yes! I recognized the heritage.
Glenn Orbik was my first true figure drawing teacher. He set a solid foundation for me that I've never let go. Then later studied with Mark Westermoe.
Thanks for posting some of F. Fixler's drawings. I've never seen these before. He knew how to do some awesome hair!
Your work, Hope, is as graceful and confident as I've seen. I'm curious as to when you took classes with Glenn.
Thanks Aztecfireflower, and Tias.
I studied with Glenn in 2007 for about 10 months I guess. I had already studied with Zhaoming Wu and all the greats at the Academy in SF - but was still seriously lacking in my foundations. I found Glenn through word of mouth. I can honestly say that it was the best instruction I've ever received. Lots of repetition and just doing it over and over. They have an amazing amount of work from over the years for students to photograph and to draw from - so you're surrounded by great work and everyone's working towards a common goal. Priceless. They have a few drawings of Mark Westermoe hanging among many many other wonderful illustrators and fine artists from the past (when they were students). It's great to look up and see amazing drawings on newsprint from '80 and look at the signature and recognize it. Humbling.
I'm hoping they compile Fred's work into a book - the world needs it! He's touched so many careers over the years.
A few demos of head and figure
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T'would be awesome to have a book of works by Fixler! It's quite a task to photograph all that work. Tried it once, but I would love to get a library of all that work on file, one day, with some proper equipment and set-up.
I've taken Rick's classes at LAAFA. He is an excellent teacher, learned loads in his painting classes. Not sure who Mark is. Probably recognize his work, tho.
I have done the rounds at a few L.A. workshops. Not lately.
AAU has some of the best teachers in the country. You must have taken Henry Yan's classes. He has the most incredible work! His drawings are so expressive and his draftsmanship is impeccable.
I can see you've picked up the Reilly concepts very quickly, if you only started under Glenn a year ago. Wow. I envy your exposure to the great artist/teachers in San Fran. Your work shows great understanding of figure design. Much more extensive and fresher than mine. Really nice studies.
I've begun to devote more time to drawing study, maybe will bump into you at a workshop.
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Unfortunately I never had Henry for a teacher, though I tutored a couple of his students and got to sit in on a few of his classes. He teaches in the foundations department, which is separate from Fine Art and the Illustration department. He's so versatile in his approaches. Zhaoming Wu is in the Fine Art department, so it's easier to take classes with him. Zhaoming's approach is harder to understand - but insane to watch. INSANE!! His drawings look so easy when he'd doing them and then the class tries and it's like - Oh my god, it's so not easy! Working completely tonal with emphasis on edges is really hard. He's truly an amazing draftsman.
Beautiful quick sketches and demos as always.
Appreciate you posting the Fixler drawings. Haven't seen those three in particular before. Glenn only brings his work out on occasion but he mentions him all the time. Oh, by the way, thanks for recommending Glenn to me - it's a bit of a drive from where I live, but the trip is worth it. Learning a lot.
You're lucky to have studied with Zhaoming Wu! Did you have any plans to attend Henry Yan's workshop at LAAFA in January? I'd like to go but we'll see if funds and time will allow it.
JB - thank you for the kind words. Went to your site - very nice!
SFA - So great to see your progress! Love your work.
Below are some more stuff from workshops and a class demo - old man in natural light. Gotta love those naked old men!
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"Let reason be your only sovereign."
I really like the way you play lost and found with the lines in your quick sketches. I'm also digging your shape analysis too. Keep 'em coming!
What a beautiful and graceful painting you've done of Dick. Congratulations. That portrait of Malo is turning out lovely too. I hope you'll post the final soon.
This is beautiful! Pure art 1000 stars from me
Stevan - Thank you
SFA - Thank you for your continued support
Fenriswolf - Thanks for the comment
Kielbasa_w - What a generous comment, thanks.
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Great, great stuff. I love your way of sketching but I'd be curious to see more developed drawings of yours. Are these 5, 10 minute poses? You give a good sense of what the whole figure is doing - setting the pose. Continue to wow us please
I apologize if i missed it in the thread ( other than perhaps zhao ming wu ?) ?
I am in my 2nd year their.. you have done some super nice work!!! - kevin
Oruhito, Thank you Oruhito - I'll either post finished here or on my site - probably on my site though. I have 8 or so paintings in progress, but should be done soon.
Kevinwueste, Thanks. I studied with a lot of people at the Academy. It wasn't until I graduated and studied with Glenn Orbik at CAI in Westlake that I got a grasp on the figure - though I still have long to go. I suggest going to lots of workshops (Lee Ballard may still run one - it's a good one) , study with Yan, Wu, and Chuck Pyle if you can,but learn how to construct the figure before getting into any of the techniques at the Academy.
Really nice drawings
At first I thought you were Henry Yan hehe, your charcoal drawings look very much like his. I noticed cus I recently had a look through his book: http://www.amazon.com/Henry-Yans-Fig.../dp/1427610231
Impressive and inspiring work! Many thanks for sharing these - i feel truly refreshed. The shown techniques and styles are something i really look up to. I wish we had that kind of teaching classes here in vienna... i must speak of luck, when thinking about the lousy lifedrawing classes they offer us at the university. At least they offer us some models. But hey, not the right thread for ranting... sorry about that. Thanks again!
dariocoelho- Thank you, I know it's hard finding good Life drawing classes- I've spent a lot of time spinning my wheels in classes.
shamandalie - Thank you
renew- Thanks, Henry is awesome!! I've sat in on a few of his classes - he's the man.
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These are awesome. What methods do you use for slight blending? Is that just the shadow over the paper? Looks a little like you airbrushed a light tone in some areas.
Here's a head drawing - little more finished - about 8 hours.
Epias - Thank you. Hopefully there may be a publication of Fred's drawings one day, so I don't want to put too much of his work out in the public domain- Otherwise I'd post more, sorry.
AndreasM - Thanks, I often paint in natural light. I find it a bit easier than warm indoor lighting. I sometimes use a soft box cool light with my sitters when working in doors.
Maxetormer - Thankyou!
Jason Ross - Thanks, I use a piece of soft cotton fabric, or a soft brush to get soft transitions with charcoal, sometimes I'll just use my thumb. There may be a shadow though.
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