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    Atelier Figure drawing

    It's been a few months since I've posted here. I've been busy with a few things. I ended up moving to San Francisco back in August. Since then, I've been attending the evening figure drawing classes at atelier. I just finished my third month with them and I wanted to share what I have so far. This program has provided me with a much needed kick in the ass. Crits are welcome.

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    These look great to me. Especially the faces on the last 2. How long per pose on these? Are they instructed classes?

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    Looking good to me . Not much I can critique on really, just do more.

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    Each pose is 24 hours broken up into eight sessions per month. The classes are instructed.

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    Looking good matey!

    I agree with everyone else no crits just to more and if you feel happy start colouring them up as well.

    all the very best to you mate

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    Beautiful, clean and honest: you're a very refined academist, if I was anyone to tell you. Just a sugestion for sources: I don't know if you're familiar with the work of Saturnino Herran; you may find his work inspiring, as he (althought under the influence of modernism/secession/symbolism ways) serves freely from his master academical skills to render highly poetic renditions of the human situation.

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    Thanks man. Yeah, Herran's work is amazing.

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    Beautiful!

    How do you render those smoothly shaded areas? Is it good to let your pencil get dull and use the side? I find it difficult.

    James

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    Thanks. Actually, I keep my pencil pretty sharp. I go back and forth between a 2mm led holder and a 0.03mm mechanical pencil. Value control and being able to render subtle turns is emphasized heavily in atelier drawing. That means spending a lot of time filling in cracks and keeping an eraser handy to knock back stray marks and places where my hand was too heavy.

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    Month 4. This drawing was three sessions shy of the others due to the holiday.

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    How do you keep your lead sharp?

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    I either use a .03 mechanical pencil, which does not need to be sharpened, or I keep a lead pointer handy when using the 2mm lead holder.

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    I don't use traditional wooden pecils much but when I do, I use sharpener and exacto knife to keep a thin, long section of lead exposed and needle-sharp. I'm usually too lazy to do this though.

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    wow never heard of poses being broken up over a course of time! now i understand how you developed each drawing so well!
    they are all very impressive!

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    Some very cool works here , Ive just done my first three months too at my atelier art school , much the same approach to constructing and breaking down the figure as we go along ... I/we work from a pose thats about a 40+hour pose broken up over the span of 5 weeks ...at a time ... its methodical drawing that reads as realism should ... I love it !!!

    hope to post some on my stuff soon ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClassicalGIRL View Post
    Some very cool works here , Ive just done my first three months too at my atelier art school , much the same approach to constructing and breaking down the figure as we go along ... I/we work from a pose thats about a 40+hour pose broken up over the span of 5 weeks ...at a time ... its methodical drawing that reads as realism should ... I love it !!!

    hope to post some on my stuff soon ...
    Thanks. I've learned very much and I'm surrounded by people who work really hard. They also remind me how much more can be learned about realism and the level of refinement that's possible.

    Good luck with your program. Be sure to post some work!

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    Nice nice… good job! Have you considered though adding some more dynamic / loose lines to make it more artistic and less photorealistic or increase some tones at some points (extreme black on small area) to focus the attention of the viewer on one or two points?

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    Shading is great. You definetely captured volume. However the anatomy is bit off here and there. I was told many times to do a flawless linework first and then go into shading. I guess you should apply this too.

    keep it up

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    Quote Originally Posted by merl1n View Post
    Shading is great. You definetely captured volume. However the anatomy is bit off here and there. I was told many times to do a flawless linework first and then go into shading. I guess you should apply this too.

    keep it up
    Thanks. Yeah, I'm seeing it too. I sort of had tunnel vision while working on this last one. I spent a lot of time on the abdomen and serratus, really trying to nail the subtle turns but rushed her hands (one of which is tiny) and the arm resting on the pedestal. I'm slowly learning not to take my measurements for granted.

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    I think you're doing fine, but what kind of instruction are you getting if they didn't pull you up on that hand?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Spot View Post
    I think you're doing fine, but what kind of instruction are you getting if they didn't pull you up on that hand?
    It's entirely my fault. I saved it for the last session and rushed it out. I'm sure if I was caught I'd have gotten a whack on the knuckles. Definitely a case of tunnel vision though. I've since tweaked it in photoshop and I'm wondering if I can work back into the actual drawing using my photoshop revisions as a reference as I no longer have a model. Live and learn I guess.

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    I love your works. Wow, just wow. Love the flow of the poses, the vivd facial expressions, the realistic style of shading.

    I also love how distinctive these are of you; I can look at this and not only see a realistic render of the human body, but see yourself and your own, very slight individual flair in the works.

    I look forward to seeing more of your stuff. It actually inspires me to work more. You're doing great with your works so far.

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    So very inspiring. A lovely sense of depth and form. Thank you for sharing these.

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    The last one is quite nice! I would suggest strengthening the core shadow the slightest bit. Could strengthen the sense of form however your instructors are likely better at this then I!

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    Nice work! --Kevin

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    These are great- keep it up. Looking forward to seeing how they evolve

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    March's figure drawing

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    Good job hammering away at these studies! One thing I noticed that I think would improve you latest one is the direction of your pencil strokes esp on her leg. If you had them going around the leg rather then down the leg I think they d bring out a greater sense of roundness and form. Being conscious of this over all the forms on the body will likely yield better results. Take a look at some old master drawings and you ll see they do the same thing.

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    cquinn: Thanks. Yeah. The leg and foot were done in the last session and I worked them right until the buzzer. I've been cleaning up what I could but the foot, I'm convinced, needs some remodeling.

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