For the fifth week of classes, and my final week as I will be out of town for the next/last three, we started off with seven two-minute gestures. We then did two 45-minute poses starting off with boxes and cylinders to nail the perspective, then outlining and shading the figure. I was told by the instructor, Ben Smith, that the last drawing was "my best to date." A truly ironic comment for him to make, since it will be the last drawing I do in his class. Bittersweet...
Apr 18, 2009
This week started off, as always, with some gesture drawings. We then did 15 minute poses where we'd start with a kind of armature (three blocks for the torso and triangular "arrows" for the arms and legs) drawn with pencil and go over it with conte crayon. One of my better weeks during this second round of figure drawing classes, but I still don't feel I've been doing my best work.
Apr 11, 2009
Yay! We had Mike, the model, again this week! The dude can strike some amazing poses. It's ridiculous. Today, we used our pencils to draw the figure with cylindrical tubes, then used that as a basis to outline with conte and added some pencil shading on top of that. The day was bookended by gesture drawings, 2 minutes in the beginning and 1 minute at the end.
Apr 4, 2009
Week 2--we did more gesture drawings. Then we did a weird exercise where we armatured the figure, then made dots at "resting points" along the body, then connected the dots with curved lines. It was interesting. Finally, we did another semi-blind contour. I can't say I'm pleased with any of them, but here they are: