Main
Page 1 of 60

September 22, 2017

Fashion Applications Class 2

Two drawings among many from my second class about Fashion Applications at FIT:

The goal of this class was to reemphasize line drawings, and to both draw models in an environment,  and draw two models together.  The professor still stressed starting the drawing at the very top - even if it a plant above the model's head - and then drawing from top to bottom, moving from side to side until reaching the bottom.  Lines should be confident and bold.

We had 7 minutes to draw the first model with the poppies, and 10 minutes for the two models together.  In each class she also shows us the work of famous fashion illustrators.  And gave us a link for a website to search and review specific fashion illustrators.

http://www.illustrationdivision.com/ 

 

FIT3BSIZE.jpg 

FIT3ASIZE.jpg 

These are large drawings that needed to be photographed and not scanned. 

September 18, 2017

Fashion Applications at FIT

I'm taking another Illustration course this semester at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).  Last week was my first class and our professor demonstrated how she draws the models several times during the class.  She instructed us to start at the head and then slowly draw down the body carving out space - moving back and forth from one side to the other.  She stressed the body directions, and specifically the shoulder and hip directions and asked us to make them dramatic.  This was a 3 minute warm up drawing of mine early in the class, and when she came by me she sketched in those direction lines, and suggested that I bend her hips all the way over to the outside line she made for drama.

IMG_20170918_153418348SIZE.jpg 

 

2.  We had 3 models, each changing clothes multiple times.  This is a later 7 minute pose - as I tried to achieve more drama.

IMG_20170918_153442260SIZE.jpg 

 

3.  And this was my final pose at the very end of the 3 hour class.  This is definitely going to be fun!

IMG_20170918_153500395SIZE.jpg 

September 12, 2017

Simple Figure Sketches - Overcoming Resistance

I love to draw figures and to draw and paint buildings.  But my figures are drawn without context/backgrounds, and my buildings don't have any people in or around them.  It is time for me to address these issues, so I took Suhita Shirodkar's online Craftsy class (Figure Sketching Made Simple) because I love her loose sketches. 

The class was great, but I couldn't get myself to draw any people in the days following the class - a common form of resistance that I can blame on my "inner critic."  I needed a low stakes intervention, and while browsing last Sunday's NY Times T magazine on Mens'Style, I saw the photo included below.  I grabbed a ball point pen, tore some used copy paper into quarters, and worked my way through the ads in the magazine in less than 30 minutes - drawing 16 figures! 

 

TMagazineActionAdSIZE.jpg 

I threw away two that were really awful, and saved these 14.  It was a start!   

TMagazineFigDrawingsSIZE.jpg

 

I decided to continue this as a low stakes project this month - drawing simple figures from photos - so I made a small folder to keep scrap paper drawings in as I practice. 

TMagazineFolderSIZE.jpg 

 

Later, I was throwing away a New York City Ballet 2017-18 schedule and couldn't resist a quick sketch of one of the photos. 

 DancerSIZE.jpg 

I still have to overcome resistance and shut up my inner critic MILDRED so I can practice drawing live moving people!  Onward!

 

 

August 25, 2017

More Two Minute Poses

We have 2, 5, 10, and 20 minute poses in the Battery Park City Figure Drawing sessions on Wednesdays.  I love the challenge of drawing quickly, and the 2 minute pose drawings are almost the most lively of the afternoon.  Here are 4 of them from this week.  I used a Sketch and Wash soluble graphite pencil, and then slopped water on parts of the drawings.

Regina2ASIZE.jpg 

Regina2BSIZE.jpg 

Regina2CSIZE.jpg 

August 21, 2017

Ten 2 Minute Poses at Figure Drawing in Battery Park City

On Wednesday afternoons, from May through October, there are models for outdoor figure drawing in Battery Park City South Cove.  Last week Claudia was our model and I especially like her short poses - they are a great challenge.  She wore a halter top and jean shorts, and posed in the middle of a circle of the 40+ artists.  Each of these 2 minute poses were drawn with a 6B graphite pencil on newsprint.  I was pleased with my attempts and decided to post these warm-up poses instead of the ones I did in 5 and 10 minutes.

IMG_20170817_103949836SIZE.jpg 

IMG_20170817_104059000SIZE.jpg 

IMG_20170817_104145249SIZE.jpg