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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Cast Study in Graphite Pencil - Front View

Cast Study - Graphite on Paper
Another angle on my cast studies.  I actually really enjoyed drawing her this time maybe the angle or maybe the practicing is helping but it did not seem as much of a struggle.

I am using a much different process than the grid method which I usually use for drawing.  The drawing starts with only four measurements, the top, bottom, middle and side.  An envelope is then created using straight lines and angles and then you progressively moving inwards from the general to specific. 

My problem in the past as I am sure many people have is that I get caught up in the details.  By  focusing on shapes and angles I am hoping to obtain a more naturalistic drawings.  Oh yes, and lots and lots of practice!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Acrylic Workshop - November 17 & 18, 2012


There are still a few spots left for my upcoming workshop Adventures in Acrylics. I just finalized my lesson plan, it is so hard to limit the number of projects to fit into two days!  I am really excited to be able to play with acrylics again as I have been focusing so much on drawing and oil painting that I did not realize how much I missed acrylics.  If only there were 10 of me!

I have several cool projects designed as well as some practical color theory exercises to help build confidence when working with colors without getting too technical. 

This course is suitable for beginner and intermediate artist.  Notes for the course and templates will be provided

The workshop will be held at the Gathering Place in Port Coquitlam (Leigh Square)

November 17 & 18, 2012
Saturday & Sunday from 11am-5pm
$156.00

If you are interested in this workshop, you can register directly online by phone at 604-927-8400 or contact me at info@stateofartportraits.com for more information.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Cast Study in Graphite Pencil

Graphite Pencil Cast Study #2
Today I did a quick graphite study of a cast I purchased last year while out Christmas shopping.  I always seem to find stuff for myself when shopping for Christmas gifts...hmmm.

I could go on for hours on this but I forced myself to stop again as my main purpose with these daily sketches it to work on my proportions from life and the quality of my line work.

Unfortunately, I hate measuring and  I love form modeling so I keep getting side tracked and am spending too much time on form but I guess that is my reward for putting in the time each day to practice.

I did a study of this cast yesterday which turned out very badly but I though I would post it anyway.  Notice how I spent more time on the background and shading to avoid the issue of a really poor drawing? Awk ;)  I think I will continue to work on this cast until I am happy with the final sketch and then start shifting it around for practice on different angles.  

Graphite Pencil Cast Study #1

Set up of cast and my next victim


I thought I would post a sketch of my set up as well as I love seeing other artist's set ups.  I am just using natural light from the window on the left and while my easel is at the same level in the photo it is not while I draw as the table the cast is on is too low.  I want to get a bookcase which I can adjust the shelves at eye level depending on whether I am standing or sitting to I can look directly across at my subject as, obviously as you can see in the photo, the errors become glaringly obvious when they are side by side.

The ugly guy above the cast on the table I got a few months back and am looking forward to drawing as well.  He is actually made from plaster and weighs a ton!  The cast on the table is some sort of resin which was a icky brown textured color..so I quickly painted it white, so much better!

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Graphite Portrait Sketch

Graphite Portrait Sketch - 8x10"
Well I was short on studio time today and even shorter on energy so rather than work from the mirror I grabbed a reference photo I had on hand to draw from.

I plan on doing a painting from this photo after the workshop in November so I though it would also serve as a good study.  I took a couple of measurements and dived in.  Of course now I look at it and realize I should have measured more carefully after doing the initial block in as the face seems a touch too long. 

So I am leaving this sketch as ... I could work on this for several hours just on the hair alone...so I had to pry myself away from the easel. 

I probably won't get a chance to draw in the studio tomorrow but I am hoping the turkey effect takes over and I can catch someone sleeping on the couch to draw :)

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Life Drawing Practice - Sketch #1

Portrait Graphite Sketch
Self Portrait Sketch
Well nothing like an upcoming portrait workshop from life to get me moving! Actually I had planned on dedicating a big chunk of time this year to focusing on life drawing but knowing I have to draw and then paint a portrait from life in less than 5 days is HUGE incentive to put in the practice hours.

This is my effort for today and while there are so many areas that I am not happy with, it is what it is and I think overall it is a good start. I find drawing from a mirror tricky and it seems to take me quite a while to get my bearings but then things get better and more natural feeling.

My goal is to do a sketch a day (at least weekdays) either in the mirror, from a cast I bought last year or from a family member if I can pin them down long enough.  I am hoping if I put the hours in before the workshop in November I can focus more of my efforts on form modeling, color mixing and paint handling and that the drawing stages will come easily....plus it is just a whole lot of fun!