"Edge planes" What does this mean? Planes that are turned more away from the viewer?
Also thanks Doug, its wonderful you are taking the time to do this and its very appreciated.
Thanks for that info. Do you have any suggestions for people who don't have the benefit of being able to study with you or others who teach the method. What is the best way to learn from Mr Reilly's method if we are getting it from books like the ones you've published. Any thoughts on how to practice the material?
If this venue continues, you can post your drawings here and I'll see if I can be of assistance.
There's no one best way to draw but as a tip, I'm currently drawing on Utrecht 14 x 17 white regular surface pads using a #48 Koh-i-Noor holder with either #2625 Koh-i-Noor composite sticks or soft graphite sticks that fit the holder. These drawing were done using the composite stick for the cast and graphite for the coat. As an aside and something you can practice without a model, the coat over the chair is meant to reveal the shape of the chair underneath which is what we do with clothing, reveal the figure underneath and if you can find plaster casts, they can be used for practice studies.
Excellent Doug - you're quite right about finding the right sort of group as well...not always easy!
I have a general question...what role or depth of study of pure anatomical knowledge do you think is appropriate? How much did Mr. Reilly stress or focus on memorization and diagrams of musculature and the skeleton?
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Here's another DVD preview - painting of an outdoor landscape which describes the thought process...
Well that source code worked well enough elsewhere but not here for some reason. To view this preview please go to my website and find the Utube DVD previews where indicated... www.dhfa.net
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Here you go.
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My SketchBook http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=139784
http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=192127"Everything must serve the idea. The means used to convey the idea should be the simplest and clear. Just what is required. No extra images. To me this is a universal principle of art. Saying as much as possible with a minimum of means."-John Huston, Director
Thank you so much for your help with the preview.
Thank you for the best thread comment but please, please there are no stupid questions and I'll try not to supply any stupid answers.
With a great deal of practice a Reilly student was able to mentally visualize the six line or figure abstraction in any position. In the following case, 3/4 view, I had a general idea of the figure before the initial drawing, due to the memorized abstraction, and was able to invent relationships that were present in this drawing/painting of the Winged Victory plaster cast. The understanding of the abstraction of the figure underneath the clothing enabled me to stress the shape of body parts as they neared the surface. After many drawings of nude figures the shape of the deltoid or shoulder muscle group or the calf for instance is well known and can be stressed as well as the general look of the rest of the figure. With these things in mind, the result is not just the copying of externals, frequently misstated, but a revealed understanding of the human figure...
My latest project. I bacame aware of a Russian artist named Fedor Zakharov and greatly admire his work so I decided to try and figure out his approach. The following are a paintings of his and a few of mine using my ideas of his approach (The rail yard and the black ship in dry dock are mine)..