Heya, in 2006 I started out at Angel Academy of Art in Florence. This thread documents what I'm up to and how the programme is going. There's also the occasional "how to" or step-by-step pics and please feel free to ask any kind of question and share your comments and crits!
The projects every student has to do, are the following:
Oil Still Life Level 1 (here) Oil Still Life Level 2 (here) Oil Still Life Level 3 (here) Oil Still Life Level 4 (here)
UPDATE: I GRADUATED IN DECEMBER 2009!!! Filled with gratitude... I am not the same person.
I could probably write a small book about how the last 4 years have changed my life... If there is enough interest I could write a summary? Let me know!
Bargue Drawing - Level 1
I had a hard time figuring out how perfect it has to be, how to get the smooth shading and the halftones, how dark/light I should go, and how to use the sawin thread to measure correctly..
It was a great great experience to see whole new universes emerge, when looking really closely and filling up those little dots with graphite, the grain of the paper becoming little mountains and valleys :]
It was fun! On to the next one! I'll try to be more accurate now from the beginning on, I spent a lot of time fixing mistakes..
Took me about 36 hours all in all.
Hope you enjoy!
Last edited by dorian; January 31st, 2013 at 06:44 AM.
Reason: new work added
lookin goooooood man! 36 hours is pretty amazingly fast. . .hehe wish my first one was like that. Anyway yeah very much looking forward to seeing more of your work as you progress through the program. One quick question about the curriculum, though - at this atelier (Pantura in the US) we do three graphite bargues, a charcoal, and then a minimum of 6-7 cast drawings before painting is begun. So it looks like you have more of an emphasis on bargues, and a faster progression after them into grisaille?
looking good man. great stuff on the reflected light in the shadowed areas. i can't wait to get to Firenze in October. How are you finding things? Found a good place to live?
i presume you're life drawing too, right? share some of those too, i'm sure i'm not the only one who'd love to see 'em.
patdzon: thanks! nope, no charcoal yet, the bargues are all done in pencil. its about A4. *goes to mesure* exactly 24.7cm (hmm don't have an inches calculator, sorry). yeah, correcting mistakes takes a LOT of time.. I was quite a bit ahead of a girl in our class because she did the measuring really precise. she cought me when I was fixing all the stuff that was off and we finished together same bargue too, funny thing. but her shading is... unbelievable. I couldn't get it that smooth. will try on the next, its plate 1.60, I'm being very careful about the measuring now, want to get as much as possible correct right from the start otherside: mine too! I think it's already starting to pay off! jkior: hm yeah, 4 bargues, then two charcoal casts, then the grisaille. takes most students one or two years though, the instructors are really picky. (and that's good I think. it definitely shows in the final results) madplanet: yes, florence is grrreat! beautiful place! thanks, I will try hard fishw: found a nice place, yup! my lifedrawings suck.. and we're only doing gestures so far, no articulation, no shading/rendering at all. YET. the gestures take us three sittings at the moment, 1.5 hours.. lol.. we soohook
anyway. you asked for them, wouldn't have shown any :
(its half a day life drawing each day, which means 3 hours)
and from the BEAUTIFUL flayed figure cast:
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Great looking stuff, Dorian! My brother studies at the Angel school in Toronto. In fact I've seen the very same bargue out of him. Awesome program they seem to have. I seriously wish I could've gone. Lucky bastards, you are.
I like the last one. As for the previous drawings, there are still errors on these . Even though you're not going for dead accuracy, try your best to make it so. Use knowledge of the block-in, and always check the alignments.
Tully: yeah I'm really really enjoying it so far! patdzon: thanks, yeah I'm just slowly starting to find the right balance between measuring with the knitting needle and eyeballing. also I feel my eye really gets better, and I try to train this by putting down the best guesses I can make before measuring with the needle. (before I used to make a sloppy "could be about there"-guess and then just measured to find the point. now I'm measuring to verify the guess.)
29th of January 2006 - 23rd of February 2006
done with my level 2 bargue!
I looove to spend the time getting the tones really smooth, to other people in my class this seems to merely be a "pain in the ass" :]
it's plate 60. going to level 3 as first one in my group!
about 100%, it's 25cm in height
aand a figure drawing for fishw
from a short-poses-friday-night
(I know proportions suck, but I kind of like the flow )
Last edited by dorian; June 30th, 2009 at 06:54 AM.