Posts Tagged ‘life drawing’
“I’ve actually gone to the zoo and had monkeys shout to me from their cages, ‘I’m in here when you’re walking around like that?’” ~ Robin Williams
Always loved the gorillas. Their exhibit was always my favorite place to check out during my visits to the zoo. One day I hope to be fortunate enough to see them in the wild, but seeing them in person period is very cool.
Well, I thought I’d put up one of my favorite Gorillaz music video (Clint Eastwood) for everybody to groove to. They were so much cooler when they had Del the Funky Homosapien.
Here is another one of my quick compositional studies from class where my teacher gave the model a story to act out. He told her that she would pose as different witnesses to a car accident. We were given about a minute to capture each pose and we had to decide how we would compose the figures. At the end, we were given a few minutes to tie up any loose ends.
The way I composed this sketch, the story is about the woman on the left. The woman is isolated from the group, so she becomes the focus of the piece. She is holding her face in her hands and is in the most distress of all the characters. I imagine she was part of the accident and survived or she knew the person in the accident. I used dark and hard lines while sketching her because she is closer the foreground. Using these types of lines also help to further reinforce the idea that she is the main focus of the composition.
To the right of her is a crowd of other women. These characters are made up of a photographer kneeling in the foreground and five other witnesses, one of them being a random celloist carrying her instrument in the background. They are drawn basically in an upside down triangle composition.
Triangular compositions are a very common and effective tool used by illustrators and filmmakers when grouping figures in art and film.
Well, it’s 3:57 AM and I’m getting tired. I hope my short analysis of my work was something of interest. I better get some sleep so I can pull another rabbit out of my hat tomorrow.
Drawing from life is always good fun. This model would hold a bar fight pose for a couple of minutes before moving to the next one while I quickly captured as much as I could.
Drawing this fast focuses the mind more keenly on composition. It is a fun excercise and I was very pleased how this sequence of poses turned out.
Anyway, I am on break from school and drunk on life. I’ll probably skip the bar fight though.
Every once in a while it is time for me in my drawing to get back to life. Well, here I am today showing off my connection to the true, living, and breathing source of the human form.
“The naked truth is always better than the best dressed lie” ~ Ann Landers
Some of you who may have caught on to my dark aesthetic might have thought that I was going to do a properly frightful friday the 13th post. I am sorry to dissappoint you, but I dare you to go out on your street corner right now buck naked. Scared yet? I know that I am.
“The human body is the best picture of the human soul.” ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein
Like most fine art students, I have done a fair amount of figure drawing and painting over the years from live models. This piece is one of my favorites. Indeed, the human form never ceases to amaze.
“Who, being loved, is poor?” ~ Oscar Wilde
I was admiring my girlfriend the other night and I decided to secretly sketch her. She is usually shy about this sort of thing so I had to be sneaky. The drawing was a quick sketch, but I think I still captured her essence. I showed it to her and she loved it. Now “my girl” is asking when I’ll draw her next.
“I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject, rather does the person grow to look like his portrait.” ~ Salvador Dalí
These words of Salvador Dali have always rung true to me. While it is possible to make a a portrait that is simply photograph-like, I would argue that what Dali contends creates a more successful artistic work. If the goal of art is simply to dutifully copy reality, then you might as well be a photographer. Not that photography is not an art in itself nor that the skill to copy something precisely should be disregarded entirely, but a true artist should strive for more. It is more important to capture the essence and you can quote me on that.