Monday, March 1, 2010
One could make the arguement that the study of the figure and the study of the human head can be two separate and lifelong endeavors. I love portraits, but I have difficulty capturing a likeness from my subject most times.
This is one of those rare occasions that I felt I was on the mark. The model was a lovely young African-American lady with striking features. I often find myself going towards a formula when drawing a head, and usually the results are disatrous. I decided to go a different way here, and focus on copying the shape and placement of shadows, which proved to be a technique I have decided to stick with. This was only a twenty minute drawing.
I have a session coming up this Thursday, so we will see how that goes...
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Ciao a tutti. (Hello, everyone)
For several years, I have embarked on the journey to understand and discover the figure. I have some formal training in art in general, but I have had to find my own way in understanding specifically the figure and how it works.
I will be displaying several of my endeavors on this blog, both successful and otherwise. I feel that in order to learn something, it is best to learn through errors. We cannot truly find the answer unless we exhaust all possibilities, which is what a mistake does for us. (That's my take on it, anyway...)
So, here are a couple of images that I have created in one of several figure drawing sessions I attend frequently. They are not led by an instructor per se, just a moderator who sets the pace and tone for the evening (lighting, type of pose, and length of pose). These are done in conte', the first being two 3-minute gestures, the next being a 20 minute study.