Tuesday, May 15, 2012

MON. 5/14 Combined Viewpoints

Amanda Price
Students began translating their collage/sketches onto drawing paper. The drawing above is derived from a unicycle. The composition shows the beginnings for a fluid wandering movement.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

WED. 5/9, THURS. 5/10 Combined Viewpoints Part One

Students began work on their final project: Combined Viewpoints. Part One consists of drawing several contour line drawings on tracing paper. The more drawings, the more possibilities available for creating a dynamic and inventive image. The objective at this point is to draw as many different points of view possible. Next, collage the pieces together into a unified whole.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

TUES. 5/8 The Figure continued

Olivia Franco
T/Th class made drawings from a photograph of a weight lifter projected onto a screen. The drawing above exhibits fluid line quality and good contrasting values. Notice the roundness of the forms around the stomach and legs. In addition, the figure is very well scaled to the page allowing for ample breathing room in the negative areas.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

MON. 5/7 The Figure continued

Alisha Ascencio

Michael Dibs
M/W class made drawings from a projected photo of a weight lifter. The objective was to capture the volumes and tension of the pose. Alisha's drawing above exhibits strong contrasting values and a good sense of weight, especially in the legs. Dibs' drawing has an "old-timey" quality; like an old photograph from a carnival. This is attributed to the grainy rendering with graphite pencils.

Friday, May 4, 2012

THURS. 5/3 The Figure

Nemea Laessig
Last night students made drawings from another drawing that was projected onto a screen. We discussed axis lines and the importance of comparing and contrasting the parts of the body to one another. In the drawing above, it is important to note the arcing nature of the pose as the right hip thrusts outward. Furthermore, one should pay attention to the relationships between foot to elbow, hand to nose, top of head to outstretched hand, etc.

Now when it comes to drawing from other artwork, drawings and paintings in particular, it is important to bring some of yourself to the table. In other words, the objective is not to make a photo copy of the original. Instead, you should interpret the work adding something of your own subjectivity. This could be in materials used, technique or the addition or subtraction of compositional elements. You've got to make it your own.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


On 18 x 24 in. drawing paper, make a self-portrait. This drawing should exhibit the proportions of the human head. Avoid cartooning and caricature. Try to use soft contours and strong modeling paying attention to the topography of the face. Be sure to include the neck and possibly the shoulders as well. You may use any medium.

TUES. 5/1 "The Skeleton"

Jonathan BeVier
Class began with students reworking one or both of their portrait drawings from last week. The objective was to soften lines, add volume and address the background. From there, we made studies from the skeleton. One drawing addressed the proportions of the skeleton as a whole. Two more drawings addressed the skeleton in halves - top and bottom.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

MON. 4/30 The Figure

Alisha Ascencio
The M/W class made life drawings from a female model. We began with some 5 min. warm-up drawings moving into 15 and 20 min. studies in proportion. Alisha's drawing above exhibits strong attention to the proportions of the model as well as the diagonals in the pose. When drawing from the figure it is important to compare and contrast the various parts of the body. For instance the relative placement of the hand on the stool, the height of the hand to the breasts and the knees to the shoulders.