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March 18th, 2007 #144
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March 19th, 2007 #147
Thanks for posting your Bargue studies in your SB! It has been very educational to watch the drawings progress and observe your methods. It certainly can be a challenge to achieve those very subtle tonal variations with gradual graphite/charcoal washes rather then a stomp or brush- but I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who went that route. And good start on your Fechin copy, I'll be keeping an eye on its progress!
March 19th, 2007 #148
Looks good Emily, You make it look easy. How important is it that you use similar materials as the artists your copying when you are trying to learn new techniques? I noticed that you were working on a smooth paper, and I think Fecin worked on a textured paper. I was just wondering how far that's stressed? It's looking amazing so far, keep up the great work!
"absorb what is useful, discard what is useless, and keep what is essentially your own." - Bruce Lee
Bojee's Monkey Brain
March 21st, 2007 #149
RebeccaK--wow, so glad you like Fechin! His drawings are very sensitive, and I'm learning a lot about that as I do this copy.
Idiot Apathy--thanks! I'm actually waiting on that piece of hair...not sure if it was part of the original drawing or not?
bumskee--I don't know, I guess people feel compelled after seeing all these photos of me.
bhanu--thank you! Glad you like it.
reidaj--thanks for your comments! I like what you've posted in your sketchbook, as well.
Bojee--I think he used vine charcoal on textured paper. I'm using a charcoal pencil on lightly textured paper. So it's similar, but not exactly the same.
Here's some photos just for fun. Didn't make a ton of progress on the Fechin drawing today--watched Bill paint instead. I'll have an update on it next time.
Shot showing the windows of Bill's studio.
Another nice shot of the studio.
Bill's costume/prop room. I'm helping to organize things in here.
March 21st, 2007 #150
Emily, that's so cool! I hope you're getting paid for all the advertising you're doing for Bill.
March 21st, 2007 #151
March 21st, 2007 #152
I am amazed....that I missed this sketchbook....Mind if I add it? The studies are simply fantastic, shading is surreal, and your process and methods are to reckoned with....
March 21st, 2007 #153
March 22nd, 2007 #154
March 22nd, 2007 #155
What a coicidence, I was just pouring over a Nicolai Fechin book for the first time yesterday! I was actually quite fond of that particular drawing too.
I'm curious though. Bill Whitaker lives in Provo right? Are you still doing any life drawing studies like you were earlier, or are you working up to that? I believe they don't have undraped models at BYU, and that the students have to drive over to Springville to get their undraped model life drawing. Or would Bill just do that sort of thing in his studio? I'm just wondering because I've found it hard to get some decent life drawing here in Utah. I live in St. George, and I drive up to SUU in Cedar City weekly to get my undraped life drawing on.
March 23rd, 2007 #156
Rebeccak--hehe, I think I'm getting the better end of the deal.
bumskee--well, part of the reason it looks so clean is because the studio is brand new! Construction was finished just a little while ago and finishing touches are being done now.
Stark--sure, and thank you!
reidaj--the windows are wonderful, and one of the most important things to having good working conditions, I think.
WillSchnevel--hmm, the place I used to work provided life drawing for us once a week and Springville and Provo Art & Frame also have figure drawing. Yeah, Bill's in Provo...not sure what he does as he hasn't had a model over in the new studio yet.
Ok, here's something just for fun. Me sitting next to the easel. See my nice, comfy chair?
Progress on the Fechin.