awsome sthread need more.
awsome sthread need more.
Hi Erik. Glad to see more new studies from you. Great inspiration.
The head demos and portraits are great. I recognise the last one from the oil painting tutorial you did. It's also fun to see how you play with composition and placement on the paper. You're doing a fantastic work here.
Gah! your work is soooo good, really puts my stuff to shame, haha. Any tips for me? I really like the charcoal look over my pencil drawings.
Mr. Gist, your stuff is truly amazing, haha it's crazy to think that you're so close to here too....go san diego!!!!
rblitz7-Your work looks really good in general, if anything I would say focus on form and try to think three dimensionally. Learn to push the form into your drawing
panchosimpson- Thanks, you should come up and visit us at the Watts Atelier.
Here are a few more images
WOW....this thread is so inspirational...i cant believe alot of these were done so quickly.........maybe it's just me but it would be great if u made the photos a bit brighter (could just be my screen though ) thanks again for all the inspiration
Sorry for the sketchbook intrusion, but I had to comment, These are beautiful works man, all of them!!!! Inspiration stuff!
Oh man this is one the most exciting thread i found here in CA, this is really inpiring, i hope learning something cool here.
Keep posting and thnks for share this wonderfull stuff.
Phenomenal work. Thank you for sharing.
Great stuff.... anatomy, rythms of lines and gestures are unbeliveble!
Sorry for my poor english
My life drawings
There's no stopping you is there? hahah these are great Mr. Gist, your students are a lucky bunch. It's great to see the form diagrams on the side, like on the drawing of the pregnant lady. I don't know if you remember me, you gave some very useful crits a few months ago here on CA. Anyway, I took 2 classes with Vilppu in LA and one with one of his best students, it's nice to see that Watts stresses the same concepts of form and gesture, I remember spending a lot of time finding trochanters and ribcages! Anyway, I still want to go visit Watts...and hopefully enroll once I get some money...which might not happen soon, but we'll see
Anyway, keep up the great work, it's always a pleasure to see what you're up to!
PS. any chance that we can sneak a peak at the great paintings you probably have lying around?
This is fantastic! Your proportions and shapes are enviable! I really enjoyed this piece in particular: http://www.erikgist.com/images/forum/fig08%20(4).JPG
I think it's her face - the shape of the lips and the markings around her eyes are well done. Plus the angle of the pose is great. Maybe the lower leg is a little elongated, but it has a great flow!
Thanks for the inspiration! You have an amazing hand and eye. I think im going to sign up for some more figure drawing classes now....
I must learn more indeed. I plan on going to Florence Academy of Art, and They said I can get in off just my paintings, but they would also like to see some recent figure drawings, but all of my figure drawings are at least three years old.
Regularly updated blog of my studies at teh Florence Academy of Art www.nigelrobertson.com
Thanks a lot.
Ramon- unfortunately I have been taking a bit of a hiatus from life painting, to work on more illustrative painting techniques. I have a tough time separating the two, but I miss it so I am getting back to it soon enough.
really great & impressive work, please keep posting.
mind if i ask you what medium do you use? and how big are you original drawings?
are all of these from life or some from imagination? If there all from life I would love to see what youve got in that head of yours. Im interested in how much life drawing helps you get a mental image of human form
Thanks I've actually seen them.. Very nice. What would you say is the best method of learning how to draw the figure from imagination. Like really getting good at it. Its really important to me to be able to do this it would really help
I would say the first step to drawing from the imagination is getting really good at drawing from life. The second step is to master drawing simple forms (cubes, spheres, cylinders) from your imagination. On top of that relax, don't rush it, take time to let the idea focus. Quite often people rush into a finished drawing without having a clear idea. You might come up with a cool concept, but you need to let it germinate and develop, so that not all you see in your head is the cool idea. On the zombies you will notice most of them have a core gimmick, that was usually the first thing I saw, but then I needed to slow down and visualize the ear, foot, knee, everything. It doesn't need to be crystal clear, but you should have it somewhat resolved in your head. Quite often I will do little scribbles in the corner before I start, about a centimeter tall to capture the gesture of the figure. Hope that helps
Last edited by E.M.GIST; June 16th, 2008 at 11:38 AM.
Thanks a lot for that.. I'm also wondering what method you favor when drawing from life. I've read and used loomis books, bridgeman, villpu, and I haven't really decided the best method. Do you prefer starting with a quick gesture then drawing block forms like bridgman? A manequin figure like loomis? Those weird bean shaped forms like the villpu manual? I'm looking for. Solid approach that I can stick to each and every time.. Something that will help me nail the figure down well