Kolbenito- Thanks for leaving the comment! Yes, one thing I forget about is line weight when I draw. I really need to work on not only drawing what I see, but also making style choices at the same time. I'm glad you like the longer poses, those are my favorite too. As for how I construct figures, yes I am very much influenced by Anthony Ryder's book and I have one of Aristide's books as well. I discovered Ryder's book at the library a few years ago and the methods he teaches in it like the envelope, angles and negative space were immensely helpful to me. It was like no other instructional drawing book I had seen before! His book opened me up to classical drawing, before that my drawing style was a lot different. So yes, I start with the envelope technique and then refine the shape as quickly as possible. I've been looking into faster ways of figure construction but haven't thoroughly tried any others yet.
And because I can't reply without posting a picture, this is from a 4 hour pose, charcoal on newsprint:
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Lots of good work happening here. I think as you refine your eye, your measuring acumen and your value decisions/observations you will continue to move on up up up! If you are in Arizona, you are only one (OK - large) state away from my Teacher Tony Ryder - go take a figure or portrait drawing workshop in the summer - you will dig it and what he has to say in person!
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Very nice drawings, there is definitely improvement from the beginning, especially in the proportions of your figures, keep up the good work
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Nice sketches! I hope to see more soon?
Well I bet you guys thought I had given up the ghost, didnít you? Oh no, Iím still here! A few times Iíve visited but the place always seems to be in flux with ever-changing layouts and it began to be unrecognizable to me, turning me off a little because I had no idea what was going on and it was all so unfamiliar. And then I heard that the site was hackedÖ.and well here we are now.
Kevin- Thanks man! Iíd love to go and visit Ryder if I could, and Iíd like to visit Taos as well. I recently got one of his DVDís: ďDrawing the PortraitĒ and I canít wait to watch it. Iím really honored that youíve visited my thread! I absolutely love your lifedrawing thread as well, Itís a huge inspiration to me!
Black-Swan and Surus- Glad you both could stop by and thanks for the kind words! I really appreciate it.
You guys may have been wondering where Iíve been. I wanted to post last summer, however I didnít have a lot of material. Unfortunately I couldnít find as many opportunities to draw from the model and so I didnít have much of any decent stuff from that semester. Fall of 2013 got a little better but now once again one of the most affordable places in the area closed up their weekly figure sessions, which is going to make it hard (again) to get a lot of drawing in.
Also, I graduated in December so things are going to be a bit different. Iím going to have to work on my art on the side and start working fulltime. So hopefully I can stay inspired enough to continue my art at a steady pace. My grad BFA show was pretty good and a real encouraging boost for me, but you guys can read about that on my blog if you want to. Iíve also been trying to get more active at the Scottsdale Artists School. Iíve had the opportunity now to meet some fantastic artists there and see some terrific art firsthand. Thereís a real positive aspect to this, but at the same time coming out of my shell, I can really see how behind I am in comparison to some of the younger SAS students!
Iím still taking private art classes and Iíve moved on now from charcoal drawings to oil paint. And boy do I feel like a fish out of water using it! I donít think Iím going to post my oil studies here in this thread unless they are figure paintings. Most of my oil studies are still lifes so Iíll make a separate thread for them. In fact, I might start doing far more oil studies than life drawings, since life drawing sessions are getting harder to come by.
Okay enough of the chitchat! I apologize if I accidently include something I have posted before, itís hard to get all these drawings straight. Starting from where I left offÖ
excuse bad 'shopping on this one.
Longer studies in ink:
Charcoal on toned brown ingres mi-tientes paper:
I'll be back next week for another post.
Life Drawings and Studies
Its a good thread about to learn and share your experience of life drawing.
Thanks for visiting, artencounter!
This weeks studies, gesture heavy.
Very quick gestures:
These ones about 1-2 minutes each maybe.
We had to do several ten minute gestures on the same paper:
Some blocked figures and other things:
This last one was done outside of my college class. Like I stated before, in college we were only allowed to crosshatch. I never really felt like I had enough time to do a good enough job hatching, though. Crosshatching takes way more time (in my experience) than using a rag and all that, so I hardly ever had the chance to finish any figures this way. It's interesting how the crosshatching studies in class look so different to what I can do on my own when left to use whatever technique I prefer. Even so her lower half came out pretty bad so I've cropped it. =P
Well, you do a pretty good job at crosshatching. I particularly like the "mannequin on a bean bag" piece. The way the outline plays with the areas of shade makes for a really beautiful effect. And I like the pose, too. It looks both awkward and spontaneous.
Priestley- haha Thanks! She really does look like a mannequin, doesn't she? Yeah I'm sure that was a longer pose and that's all I could finish of her when doing crosshatching. I've got a few more pictures like that to post. Thanks for saying my crosshatching looks good.
For this weeks post I'm going to include my figure paintings. I also had a hard time in figure painting class- like really hard. I would do the entire underpainting in burnt sienna and then glaze color on top of that. Usually, I'd hate what color I put down so I would wipe it out and then put another color down and wipe it again- over and over. I think I was so scared of color and paint that I just froze in fear every class. I loathed it! We worked on many of those paintings for much longer than a few 3 hour class poses, too.
requisite gestures in charcoal and pen:
Ink, charcoal and pencil stuff:
My paintings. I actually like this one but as you can see, very little color:
I like this one a lot. I completed it with Russian sauce on canvas.
Little watercolor portrait:
That's it for tonight!
So everything in this post pretty much wraps up my last semester of life drawing at my university. All this dates to about spring of 2013. Some of the drawings below and the rest I'll post later were done outside of the university at other local places.
This one was a toughie because there was a light shining on his body but his leg was in shadow:
I like the way you use different mediums and styles and I think it's great that you practice a lot. Keep up the fine work Analoxe.
Thanks ArtHound! Yeah I love to try all different kinds of materials, it's always fun to mess around with new stuff all the time. =)
Okay so most of these are on my website, but whatev. I'll post them here anyway. These are now all drawings I've done outside of school at other lifedrawing venues.
3 hrs each, charcoal:
These were longer, first one was about 5 hours (I don't remember if I drew for the whole pose, though.) The second one was longer than five hours- I think 6 or 7. I remember that I got to the point where I was sooo tired of drawing this pose that day. I realized that the longest I can work on one pose in one day is probably 5 hours, but it's better if you do smaller poses over a few weeks. (at least for me, anyway) Otherwise you just get drained and you lose your clarity. Also, I bought a roll of gray-toned strathmore paper which I planned on using for a 6 foot tall figure drawing- but before I started on it, I tried it out for this pose. You can see the vine charcoal ended up going on to the paper all cloudy-like. I didn't like that, plus that strathmore paper is really thin. So I ended up using a large roll of white canson paper for my project instead. I love canson and fyi, apparently you can order custom sizes of colored/toned canson paper but you have to order at least one metric ton. I asked them because I wanted a toned gray roll which they don't sell. Funny fact. Sadly I don't have any place to put a ton of paper.
Hi guys! Okay this might be my last entry for a while because I'm out of life drawings to post. In my private class I'm working on painting the figure and in the future I might post some of those studies. But for now, here is my most recent stuff...
All charcoal, give or take 3hrs.
(^I forgot her bellybutton in that one, lol.)
^This last one is pencil in my moleskine, done at a dr. sketchy's type of get together.
Okay, peace out for now!
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