Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Clothed Figure Drawing - John Dillinger

Clothed figure drawing today. Got one good drawing out of it. This is the John Dillinger pose. Very 1930s gangster.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Masters Portrait Assignment

For my head drawing class we chose a Master artist and recreated their work on 18 x 24 paper using a material of our choice.

For my project I chose artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. The portrait is the head of Judith from Judith Beheading Holofernes which is on display at the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica in Rome. I particularly like her expression of concern and disgust. Here is the portrait created by Caravaggio:

Here is my portrait, created with General's charcoal pencils HB, 2B, and 4B:

As you can see from my portrait and the real thing, I elongated her face and need to fix the shadow on the right side of her head. Also the tilt of her face is not quite right. I am quite pleased with my progress and had a fun time working on this assignment. Our next Masters project is due in two weeks and I will post that one as well.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Dr. Sketchy's

I am greatly excited that there is a Dr. Sketchy's right here in downtown San Francisco. Summer fun!

Clothed Figure Drawing

Here are some fun drawings from last week's clothed figure drawing class. Gotta love the costumes.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

BART Drawings

Here are some people that I drew while I was on BART. Hoorah for public transportation.

Friday, July 08, 2011

FA 602 Head Drawing Class

These are some drawings of various heads that I did in Han's FA 602 Head Drawing class here at the Academy. I highly recommend his class - he's an excellent teacher, very patience, and he gives great tips on how to draw a human head.

I am very pleased with the results. This is the first time that I have ever had to focus on drawing the head on life models. The head is difficult for me to draw, so I always saved it for last, and as a result the face look the way that the model actually looked in real life. The faces below are not exact but you could at least
tell that I was trying to capture the essence of the person.

I firmly believe that anyone who wants to master art should take a class. I know there are a lot of so-called self-taught people out there, but everyone I've ever admired or met in person has had at least one teacher, as well as having spent hours practicing and reading books. I have advanced more in the past month than in the past year working solely alone. You improve not only by listening to the teacher but also seeing the work of other students. In this class we are not only learning about proportion and perspective but also how to properly capture light, which is also new to me. So by the end of class I will have a better understanding of how to apply value.

All of the drawings are done on 60 lbs. drawing paper using HB and 2B General's Charcoal Pencils.Here's the first human head that looks half-way decent:

The next two that look OK:

Close ups:

The next class session:

Close ups:

And believe it or not this is a picture of the same woman as above. Difference is that one was done in 20 minutes, this one in an hour and a half. You can clearly see the difference the extra hour makes:

And after seven classes we get this:

Close up of the best one so far:

And then backtracking to this. I colored in the main shadow and cast shadows too dark so her face looked like an anatomical study of muscles for awhile. Corrected it as best as I could: