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    Briggsy's Life Studies

    Hope these are of interest, all drawn from life at my main base, the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney. I'll start off with a pencil portrait from yesterday (2 hours inc. breaks) and four 5-10 minute life drawings from The Heap.

    Hi to Form, alti, Happy Camper, and rodrigo!, and to any secret Conceptart luminaries who might have wandered through the school.

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    oops!

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    Nice! My only gripe is the last one. The foreshortening feels weird on the left leg. I think the foot should be slightly smaller and the overlap of the knee should be more apparent.

    I want to see more from you. Particulary portraiture.

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    nice portrait ..i like the figures a lot..

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    Ah Master Briggs, some really great stuff as always but I guess that is to be expected. The old dude is great and has a pretty lively quality to it! The brown one, which is ink I think, is probably the more successful of the remaining drawings. The others for mine are obviously pretty tight structurally but come across a little stiff - which might be the intention being 'studies' from a life model.

    I would love to see you with break out with a more lively line and 'loosen up' a little from the tightness which is the Ashton's way. Even some of your quicker 5-10 minute gestures I think are more appealing cause they have a sense of energy about them. I think once you get to this point with the images here (not the dudes head or the brown one), you've lost that energy and it stiffens up.

    Maybe try some more with ink. Seems that even some of Leonardo's quick sketches in ink were initially roughed in with silverpoint just to provide a little frame work, so maybe you could use pencil for a rough structure. After this, then quickly come back over with ink.

    Just a thought and don't mean to be overtly critical. I'm sure we can argue later on

    P.S - do I count as a 'luminary'?

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    Briggsy's studies...

    Solid forms...good proportion....awesome job I say.....keep up the good work

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    Thanks patzdon, the allejo05, Matt and, ahem, THUNDERCOCK, for your kind words. Another portrait and some more stiff life drawings in "the Ashton's way".

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    Now this set is great! It's like another level up the previous batch! I love the portrait! its perfect!

    Where do ya study ?

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    HEEEEY MR BRIGGS!

    How are you sir

    Ive been meaning to come back to Julians for a while now, Im just saving up money to pay for a class.. until then ill definately try to make sketch club at least (are you still in on a monday i think it was?)

    I definately have a lot to learn from you, looking at the drawings i did the last time iwas with you makes me shudder

    Looking forward to starting class again and pleased youve made an appearance here on conceptart

    Regards!

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    Briggsy my name is mark feiler.

    First let me say I absolutely love these. I visited Ashtons very briefly a couple of months ago and would definitely love to take some classes. Its difficult being poor and in Brisbane though, but it is on the agenda, hopefully soon.

    I have never had any lessons but recently started taking some untutored life classes at the BIA. If you have any time please check out my sketchbook thread and crit or offer advice as I have posted some of my meagre efforts.

    If not, I will be keeping an eye on your stuff anyway as it really is in the direction I would like to take my work.

    By the way does Brisbane have any place that compares to Ashtons? BIA?

    By the way did I say These are gorgeous.

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    BRIGGSY! nice work man,
    you rock my world
    peace

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    great studies briggsy,
    I love the sketch of the old man, your the king,

    I'l come back to classes.


    -alti

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    yep well done indeed keep them coming..

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    Thanks patzdon! Perfect, eh? Only one way to go from there. I draw, paint and teach at the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney. I've just written a few words about the school on another thread, if you're interested.

    Thanks too to the Sydney crew. Please pop over to the thread I just mentioned if you have anything to add about Ashtons. rodrigo!, looks like you and I will be forming a mutual admiration society at Ashtons next year.

    draw, thanks for the invite to look at your stuff - I left some comments there a few days ago. Any chance you can make it down for my Spring Holiday workshops (Colour, Light and Vision - 26-30 Sept; Fundamentals of Life Drawing - 3-7 Oct)? (Someone please jump on me if this is considered spamming!).

    the allejo05: Thank you and well, if you insist... An unfinished portrait painting this time, same pose as the first drawing. He's coming back for one more sitting, so I should be able to put into practice any advice offered. The tone of the white hair obviously needs to be dropped down a bit.

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    I was waiting for my weekly fit of Briggsy

    Love the way this one is coming along and a couple of 'minor' points. The eye screen right seems marginally too high and the dude looks slightly the opposite of cross eyed (wondering eye is it called?!). Maybe it is because the extensive beard is doing something to my eye (or the receding hairline), but the head feels a little too tall.

    Love the colours (as always). Look forward to seeing the final image.

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    I'm real impressed by the 5 to 10 minute contour drawings, there's a great sense of solidity. Thank you for the help you gave me about hand anatomy.

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    Hi Mr.Briggs

    Sorry for not replying sooner, I didn't realize you had posted until now.

    Good to see you signed up, sharing your art and knowledge. I hope you post more of your work, makes me want to return to Julian Ashton, which I will do once I get a steady Job.

    I'll keep an eye on this thread

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    Beautiful work! My personal favorite are figure studies made with pencil from August the 4th. The most appealing for me the second in this post. Are you planning to make a painting from it. I think it would be great.
    Regards, Sveta

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    it's good to see these.
    especially to see the way you approached the quick sketches.

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    yeah i just wanted to stop by to say you have some really nice stuff in here. I also really like your quick sketches, you seem to be really sparing with your use of line, and it looks amazing. I have a life drawing class tomorrow and i'm going to try your approach. By the way, i found the link to your thread over on the thread in "the lounge" where everyone's making fun of me for asking "where can i find MC Wyeth's work"

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    Great stuff Briggsy!. awesome.

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    Briggsy, These are beautiful, elegant forms.

    I love the simple, clean foreshortened figure in post #2. The forms overlap so nicely. What I see with the left knee is correct mass. Perhaps the way the front leg flows into it could be contain a longer rythym. But, that's nitpicky and just my opinion. Dosn't even detract for me the beauty of this drawing, in any way.

    I particularly like the 3d and 4th figure sketches in post #7. Just really nice, clean, elegant, solid form. It's always amazing to me when one can feel the 3D roundness of the figure from a few appropriatley placed lines, sans value. Nice, nice work.

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    Thanks AztcFireFlower (and everyone else). I've just bookmarked your own very impressive sketchbook and look forward to watching it grow. I've been meaning to start a proper sketchbook myself but this year has been a time-management nightmare so far.

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    No update?

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    Great work Briggsy!! Thanks for letting me sit in the other night at JA. Its a great school. Sorry i was a little jet lagged.

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    Thanks so much for looking me up here DK. You're certainly very welcome at the school any time. We were all blown away to meet you, jetlagged or not!

    Also thanks Atlantis and everyone for your replies. There's a small lull in the teaching coming up, so hopefully you'll finally see some movement on the sketchbook front.

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    great stuff briggsy! I particularly like the portrait of the woman in your third post, nicely done!

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    Hello Briggs

    I thought I'd introduce myself here, since I found my way to this thread.

    I'm Simon Cowell, and I've been going to JA full time since the beginning of this year, though unfortunately I haven't yet been able to be in one of your classes.

    It was actually through posts by you on here (CA.org) that I found my way to the school, and since I'm really loving it so much there I really have to thank you for that

    I find your stuff absolutely stunning.. really words can't really describe. Thank you so much for the inspiration :]

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