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    littlejohn's life drawings

    Here are a few from two weeks ago. All are on 18x24" Canson Biggie Sketch paper using a 2B Conte crayon.

    Sorry for the bad reproduction. Any c&c welcome.

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    very nicely done... i like how you're keeping the negative in mind in your compositions. Very nice for 2 minutes. I can't wait for school to start back up again, so i can jump into clothed fig 3.

    thanks for sharing! very cool!


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    Love them all.

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    I started my portraiture class today. I'm pretty excited.

    Here are some 30 second gestures from today's session.

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    yo

    I like the portraits stuff. When you do figure drawings keep in mind of haveing the whole figure fit on the page, from all of these drawings you leave of the feet or they aren't finshed. But good stuff,Keep working , I am.

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    Little John

    Whats your thoughts on blocking out areas? How did you determine those areas needed blocking out for the negative shapes? I am a noob at this stuff....
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    ELWOOD: Thanks for the tip. I tried to incorporate your feedback in last Friday's life drawing session.

    Manta_Ray: I'm by no means an expert, but I try to look at the background when I draw figures in tone. The contrast between dark parts of the background and light parts of the figure shape my interpretation of the scene. I'm only trying for 3 values and interesting negative shapes just seem to show up. It doesn't always work:

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    my latest sets. c&c welcome.

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    delightful- your line quality is exquisite

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    ochre face took me words right out of my mouth. Nice though
    "the earth speaks to all of us, and if you listen you can understand it."
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    Man, this is just great stuff! I especially dig the blue-tinted batch. And those gesture drawings are totally rad.

    Keep posting!


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    what lies under littlejohn

    Hey, mate... you blew me away! Excellent line - I HAVE to do this too - what are you working with? What kind of paper? What size? Charcoal? What kind? Tell me EVERYTHING!

    Dang!

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    Ochre Face, MolvaDo & NoonThirty: Thanks a lot for the comments.

    Oblio: These are all drawn on 18x24 sketch paper using 2B black Conte crayons. I sit on one of those strange horse benches with my pad propped up in my lap. Half of the drawings are done at open life drawing sessions and the other half at my portraiture class.

    Life drawing is really a life-long pursuit. I've been doing it for four years now and there are people where I draw at that have done it for forty.

    I'll post more as soon as I have a chance to shoot them.

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    Ahh the days of the wooden horse, you, your sketch pad, a piece of charcoal, and a naked person to stare at for hours on end. Well man all I have to say is that you are really fortunate cause our models sucked ass and we were hard pressed to get a decent pose out of them. Where do you go for class? Look forward to seeing more of your work.
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    The last of the blue tinted ones is my fave. Inspiring thread. Keep it going.

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    Amazing work.

    What size paper are you working on, is it quite fine or porus(sp)?

    What type of charcoal are you using, it appears very smooth and light.

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    Lukias: Thanks! See details on my materials up above, though these are done on newsprint. It started seeming expensive to do 40 30-second poses on sketch paper.

    I'm starting to get anxious to start painting some of these portraits. But I love the short stuff:

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    Her neck somehow grew in 20 minutes:

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    Wow these are great. I love gesture drawings because they have so much life in their spontaneity. Great linework and in your 2nd to last post with the fellow, you capture a great sense of mood. keep going.

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    Another bunch:

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    For my own sake, a few recent drawings and one of my first gouache paintings from portraiture class. Anybody know a good gouache tutorial?

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    I just love figure drawings and I really love ones that are well done. So need less to say you have made me happy.
    What is lacking in structure is more than made up for in exspressiveness. With a little more concideration for form your drawings will be taken to the next level.

    Keep up the great work. I can't wait to see some more.
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    Thanks for the comment and advice, Koryh. Construction is my big issue these days. I'm working on it!

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    Another gouache. I cropped the part I liked.

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    good stuff...you've got nice rythem and form. Are the most of these blind contor drawings? how are you drawings these?

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    Most of my drawings use some gesture, contour and tone. They may look blind, but only because they are done quickly (30 seconds for many) and because of my somewhat poor construction.

    Thanks for the comments. I showed up for portraiture class today but there was no class on account of Veteran's Day (in the US).

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    wow!!! im lovin it. ur pretty good. yeah those inspired me to draw. thanks. i didn't go to my calass today either. u know,.. I'm goin to try what u said about the shadow s from the background or enviroment coming into the drawing. I'm at ur skill level. If u were at 100% im at like 90%, so im close but ur still better. anyways. thanks for that tip, that'll make my drawings a lot more interestng. Im trying to put my portfolio together cuz there's this school I want to go to. Have u heard of ART CENTER College of design. it is a really good school in pasadena.

    once again thanks for the tip. hope to see more of ur stuff soon.
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    There is nothing wrong with using a photo to help you see things.
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    its easy, and will improve your piece greatly."

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    iwasink: Good for you! I only know a little bit about Art Center, but I hear it's a good school too. Good luck with your work. Life drawing is something you can do for your whole life (except on Veteran's Day, I guess).

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    Two more gouache paintings from portraiture class. First one ten minutes, second around 25.

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    These are really good. Excellent work man. I'm diggin the gouache ones.

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