Still teaching at Classical Art Online, and am now painting full time!
After two years of studying with MindCandyMan at Classical Art Online I joined the staff about six months ago and am now a drawing instructor. I continue to study painting under Jonathan Hardesty (MindCandyMan), and have just completed my first major still life painting.
Almost at the one year mark studying with MindCandyMan, just finished my first cast painting!
I'm really enjoying my studies with MindCandyMan, just finished my 2nd cast drawing and have started painting. Wahoo!
I feel like I've grown quite a bit over the last 2 years, will be painting again very soon! I just recently enrolled in MindCandyMan's virtual studio at http://classicalartonline.com, so I'm excited about the coming months.
Last edited by thinairart; February 19th, 2012 at 08:20 PM.
I'll get it started with a recent copy of a John Singer Sargent charcoal drawing, from around 1908. I completed this back in late September, it was great fun but very exacting work. Still made a number of small mistakes. For the copy I had the original and my version side by side, and worked by eye to get it right.. about 35 hrs total.
welcome to . Awesome your first post, and your drawing in Sargent copy it's pretty good.I'm waiting more..keep posting.
Thanks for taking a look Joe!
This next post catches me up to the present- a just completed copy of a Bargue drawing. 50 hrs in all, quite tedius at times, but well worth it. Graphite 4B - B on toned paper. A few small mistakes, its so hard to catch them all!
zhuzhu- thanks! Here is the full size version of my Zorn copy. I actually painted this one a few years ago, it was my first time attempting a master copy. Great fun, although Zorn's brushwork can be so deceptively simple, and it is quite hard to capture the same effect.
Nice start, you has a great technique. I hope to see more stuff and some scribles.
Keep more updates, ciao
Dreamworker & Slav- thanks for stopping by!
ZhuZhu- hehe, sorry I thought you were looking for the complete painting, as my initial post was just a crop for my SB's thumbnail. I actually think thats about as big an image as I have, I didn't keep the original digipics around after I resized it for the web.
Nice start in here. Post some more!
"There is no such thing as 'accurate drawing'. There is beautiful
drawing, and ugly, and nothing else." JAD Ingres, Ecrits sur l'art
Art_Addict, Sopor+Aeternus, Tigermilk - Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
50 hrs is about my limit on a single drawing... after about 35-40 my mind starts moving on to whats next, so its hard to stay focused. Bargue drawings are a supreme pain in the ass to get right, but I think worth the investment. I've got another one planned soon, hopefully it doesn't take me 50 hrs as well!
Well here is my latest sketch. I setup a little still life shelf awhile back, and have been doing some studies using whatever I have laying around the house as subject matter. Here we have a wooden horse and a lemon, not the most exciting material, but good practice.
I really tried to stick to a 9 step value scale for this one, and simplified as much as possible the light and dark masses to keep the design simple. Graphite & chalk on toned paper, 4B-B.
nice soft variations of light and shadow. you have an eye for good rendering. keep it up.
I'm looking for work!
shidoken & nilaffle: thanks for dropping by and commenting!
My drawings are usually A4/Letter size or less, so around 8"x10". The Bargue copy (of the hand holding a knife) was a bit more horizontal, so about 8" x 6". Next Bargue plate I copy I'm working larger... I found capturing the subtle tonal variations of the original was pretty tough at the small scale I was working from.
Since this is a "sketchbook", I figured I'd better upload a few of my quickies... here is a quick painting from life I did a few months ago with whatever subject matter I had within reach- which happened to be two wooden blocks and some green cloth. Acrylic, 2 hrs.
hey you got some neat style on rendering you should post more often
saa & Nkristian - thanks for stopping by and commenting! I'm working on a new still life study as I write this, but in the mean time I have a few more sketches from the past few months that I can post.
Here is a quick sketch from life that I did in december. One day I will stop being lazy and find better props. The maquette is from an arts & crafts store- my first time working with any object that even remotely resembles the human form. Someday soon I hope to take a life drawing class and have the chance to work from live models.
i really dig your rendering dude. it's very clean.
Emily_g & Couch Potato: Thanks for stopping by and commenting!
My free time has been nil this last week with family in town, but finally I've got some studio time to work on another life drawing I started recently. In the mean time, here is a still life painting I finished last year. About 50 hrs total, acrylic on canvas. I remember really trying to focus on color temperature, and often used a cool or warm shift instead of a value change to turn the form, and that seemed to work out well and breath a feeling of light and depth in to the work.
Last edited by thinairart; March 29th, 2007 at 05:33 PM.
Very nice this paint!