Thursday, June 03, 2010

Cast Drawing

Today I did this drawing of one of the casts in PAFA's great Cast Hall in the Historic Landmark Building, designed by Frank Furness. I did it as sort of a demo for a TV crew from the one of the local Public Televison stations, Channel 39, out of the Lehigh Valley which is up Allentown way for their piece on the school. The crew was in to do a piece on the school, the museum and its use as a teaching facility and Al Gury asked me to come in to do a drawing as the crew wanted to see a student at work.

One of the great things about PAFA is having that awesome collection of casts to draw, paint or sculpt from, Another student, Chris was doing a sculpture of another one of the casts and the reporter interviewed us as we both work. I was honored to have Al ask me to represent the school in this spot. I had to be miked up and the camera man placed the camera around me in several spots to get me drawing. They even had the shots of Al giving me some feedback on my drawing and also on Chris's sculpture. man those lights were hot and the place was already a bit humid as it was around 90 in the city today. I came in early to get something going so when the crew came over there would be enough work under way. Its weird drawing with hot TV lights on yer head, but I have been on radio and TV before and I think having taught a lot removes any butterflies. The whole crew was really nice and if they use me I'll post the link when the interview or the piece on the school runs.
This is in Charcoal on Rives BFK paper

5 comments:

william wray said...

Strong drawing Mike, you work good under pressure!

Michael Manley said...

Thanks Bill, I felt like the Bob Ross of cast drawing...

CC said...

This is great, Mike! BTW, with Comics Kingdom, you can take a look at follow week's daily Judge Parker. The week of 6/7-6/12, IMHO, is your best work on Judge Parker to date. Great work on the Abbey/Neddy conversation, especially the close ups. Just terrific!

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Wayne Tully said...

Your art reminds me of when I was in college and I used to draw stuff that I would never choose to do, but it learnt me to draw the stuff, so that later on I got better at it and it improved my art a lot.

Sketched a few statues in my time and that one is great and the sketchy feel of the piece works quite well I think. You have some great art on your blog...cheers now!