Sunday, July 26, 2009

Weekend drawing class

Three days of drawing with Danny Adams; I always learn a lot. Probably bite off more than I can chew. Drew the model's head on Day 2 after bashing around a bit with too-soft charcoal, wish I'd settled on medium to start with.

Same model on Day 3, tried out Trois Crayons, pastels in white, black, and sanguine on a very dark paper. Again with the bashing around; I was just starting to get the coloring figured out when we ran out of time.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Fast draw

On day 1 of a 3-day drawing class, Danny Adams' son obligingly gave us 3 twenty-minute sessions in the same pose (more or less). Fun to draw.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Venus, part 1

Venus (sight size drawing), originally uploaded by Skeinfest.

Third class in sight-size cast drawing, learning the "block in." Again, these are the fruits of 2 and a half hours of sighting, measuring, marking, checking, correcting, and measuring again. The result may not look like much but the eye-hand-mind training is the purpose. This is like playing scales would be for a musician, I suppose.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Rogue Sketchcrawl

A big fishing reel , originally uploaded by Skeinfest.

Seattle Sketchers met on Sunday, July 19, 2009, at Fisherman's Terminal. This time I focused on finishing a single sketch.

Beth painted the same boat from further along the dock.

Frances drew this beautiful motorcycle.

Hope somebody drew the Ballard Bridge opening in the distance!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Head: cast setup for sight-size drawing

Here's what I managed in about 2 and a half hours during drawing class. Many brain cells were rearranged in the process and new neuronal pathways formed. At least that's the plan.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

SketchCrawl 23 Seattle (zoo)

SketchCrawl 23 Seattle (zoo), originally uploaded by Skeinfest.

A great day at the zoo with Beth and other SketchCrawlers. More to come when the paint dries....

Friday, July 10, 2009

Cast drawing class

Last Monday I began a class at Gage Academy to work on cast drawing. This method relies on starting the drawing with a pains-taking block-in of dots and lines, with repeated measurements and comparisons, always looking from the same position.

Although on Day 1 my results were feeble, I felt that something good could come of this. Evidence: the almost audible shrieking sounds as the two halves of my brain duelled for control.
"The mind wants to turn deliberate, newly learned skills into unconscious, automatically performed skills. But the mind is sloppy and will settle for good enough. By practicing slowly, by breaking skills down into tiny parts and repeating, the strenuous student forces the brain to internalize a better pattern of performance."

My hope is that the harder it is, the more useful the hand-eye training. We'll see! Four more Monday afternoons to go.

(Quotation is from this book review.)