Thursday, December 06, 2007
Last Class Drawings
This was the last full week of school and it ended for me yesterday, I have my crit week next week. Here are some of the final class drawings and paintings. The cast drawing of Brutus was the only one I did in Oliver Grimly's class, it was a semester long drawing...and I may still do little tweaks based on what my teacher, Oliver Grimly says. So many students whine about him or complain, and he busted my balls, made me start my drawing over 4 times, but you know what? He made me do a much better drawing.
It was done using a mechanical lead holder, in F lead. He didn't want any texture, wanted everything very well finished. So i sat or stood there with that little spinny sharpener, moving my hand in a fanning-like fashion over the drawing, almost glazing on the lead.
I entered and was rejected from the certicicate show. I entered my Nike cast hall drawing, but I guess it was too pedestrian for them? Who knows, lots of people were rejected and some stuff I cratch my head at got in---always thus in the art world. One has to deal with rejection, that's just part of the process.
The great news is that Echo got her drawing accepted as she was rejected last year. I'll enter it the drawing into the Phily
Sketch Club show. The cast drawing of Brutus seemes to be getting good reviews from everyone who wathced me doing it, students and faculty alike. I like it, but man, I never spent this much time on a drawing in
my whole life! What a commitment! I know the 25 years of drawing for a living helps me here.
This was the grisaille done in Doug martenson's calss last week, and this week he showed us how to go over it and glaze the color on. the mix was 20% paint, 80% linseed oil.
Once I had glazed on my color, I had to let it dry, so I ran across the street and grabbed another canvas and did this quick 25 minute or so oild sketch of the model.
Here's Doug giving us a demo on glazing our paintings.
This was the 2 week dawing from Scott Noel's class. I had to redo the cloth this week as the ones we used last week couldn't be found, so a lot of the class was redoing the colors there and that of course effected everything else too colorwise. I even had to go over and cover the first skeleton drawing to get the coor of the forground blanket. By the time class was over I was rushing to get some of Mr. Bones back on. I have to say I think Noel is such a fantastic teacher and I always learn so much from him each week. I feel I made the most progress in his class, though I did make progress in all of my classes and the challenge of working in pastel I think is starting to pay off. The color is always off in these photos and teh cast drawing being in lead makes it trick to get that softeness you see in real life.
I am happy for a bit of a break, but I'll miss all of my teachers and really pushing myself. I feel I've grown in ways I hoped I would and in ways I didn't foresee, which I have to say is great. I'll be filling my downtime from school with lots of commercial work though, so it won't be a total vacation.