Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Class Head Drawings

From Karl's head hands and feet class.  I think the cone helped a lot but it's hard to compare because we did longer poses this week. Except for the first two and the last one, we sat in groups and alternated modeling and drawing each other. The ones that aren't labeled are 10 mins.

Basic Forms

Taking notes on proportions sent me back to thinking about basic forms.  For the cranium I am starting with the simplest form, a sphere, and then modifying it to a slightly more complex but still simplified form.  For the jaw I've been trying to to jump straight to a slightly more complex form and it's not working.  Relating the sphere to the more complex form of the cranium has been very helpful so I tried to think of what I could use for the jaw to and came up with a cone. It works a lot better than I expected it to.

Basic Head Proportion

The results of my 5 min head exercises sent me back to looking at proportion.  Every book I have has almost the same basic proportions, each laid out in a slightly different way.   I "know" these proportions but I don't know them.  Betty Edwards suggests that learning verbal reminders can help push past stubborn problem areas.  Dan Dennet says "Every time you read it or say it you make another copy in your brain."   This page of notes is roughly from Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.   I got a bit lazy towards the end.

5 min Portrait Practice

5 mins from photos.  Found myself having to adjust lots of things on the longer drawings as I went along.  With this I am trying to figure out what I need to be paying more attention to at the start.      

Orson Welles,  Leonard Nimoy, Florence Nightingale, Nikola Tesla

Friday, October 19, 2012

Portrait Practice

From Photos

Mark Twain, Clara Barton, Mina Edison, Bayard Rustin and Dan Savage.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Male Nudes

From vintage photographs

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Looking Up

More heads looking up with the simplified jaw structure and no cheeks. From photos.

Monday, October 8, 2012