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August 10, 2018

My Left Hand vs My Right Hand

On July 21st there was an Opinion Column in the New York Times called "My Left Hand vs. My Right Hand" and friends sent me links and copies of the article.  It was a fun read!

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/21/opinion/sunday/my-left-hand-vs-my-right-hand.html 

Readers of this blog might remember that I had a Colles Fracture of my left wrist (dominant hand) on March 23rd.  Artist friends from several online art groups suggested that I should draw with my non-dominant hand while I was in a cast , and I DID!  It was wonderful planning each day's drawing and I filled my sketchbook wirh ink drawings during the 6 weeks.  My cast was removed on May 3rd and I had significant limitations in movement and moderate pain.  I began physical therapy the following week and was just discharged on from PT.

The author of the article, Liza Donnelly, is a cartoonist, and she worried about her arms - the broken one and the now neglected one.  She thought that drawings with her non-dominant hand were much looser, and looked more like her drawings from childhood.  She wondered if these drawings were tapping into her original creativity.  She has other wonderful questions and emotions, and compares the drawings done with each hand.  I agree with her that straight lines and especially printing was VERY difficult with my non-dominant hand.

After reading the article I wanted to compare the drawings done with my two hands.  Here are both drawings for comparison:  

April 19, 2018  Non-Dominant Hand Drawing done 4 weeks after being put in my cast.

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August 1, 2018  After 12 weeks of physical therapy.

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I'd be interested in people's comments or experiences.  

Most of the non-dominant hand drawings I did in my cast are in this folder on my blog: 

http://www.paperandthreads.com/nondom_hand_drawings/

August 7, 2018

Deliberate Practice: Copying the Masters

Met Breuer NYC is celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the death of Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele.  50 works from the Met's Scofield Thayer Collection are in the exhibit, OBSESSION, Nudes by Klimt, Schiele and Picasso.  I like all 3 of these artists, and figure drawing, very much and sketched one Klimt and one Schiele.  The Schiele was painted at home. 

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This is the link to the exhibit, which will be on view until October 7th. 

https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2018/obsession 

July 24, 2018

Line of Action Technique Used in Live Figure Drawing

I posted a technique that I'm exploring for figure drawing, and the method is outlined briefly in the last blog post. Those drawings were done from photos.  Figure drawing, using this quickly drawn frame, was done from live models last Wednesday at Battery Park City.

These are two 1 minute drawings from the 20 that we did for warm up.  These poses might have been harder for me to draw in 1 min without my line of action structure.  You can see the quick lines drawn first.

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This was one of the four five minute sketches, and you can see a few of the lines of action in this pose.

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These are two 10 minute poses using the same system.  The five and 10 minute poses were drawn with a General Sketch and Wash pencil, and then a waterbrush was used to spread the graphite for the gray tones.

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July 20, 2018

Deliberate Practice: Drawing Figures in Action

Line of Action or Gesture Drawing:  I love figure drawing and although I go to sessions with live models, I wanted more experience drawing bodies in action.  I watched Suita Shirodkar's Craftsy class and liked her line of action concept, and now I have my way of establishing the lines of action quickly.  I'm still learning by using photos, because these types of actions in real time are so brief that I can't remember them well enough to study them.  I save ads, or magazine photos and take less than 5 minutes, after breakfast in the morning, for the quick drawings. 

These are the most recent ones, cut from 1/4th piece of used copy paper.  I collaged them on one page of my sketchbook.  You can see my very quick pencil lines of actions, if you look closely.  The next three illustrations show my steps.

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Art After Breakfast: Reference Photo from New York City Ballet Season Program

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Quick Pencil Line Drawing 

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Pen lines added: Almost as Fast

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July 13, 2018

Back to Figure Drawing in Battery Park City

After weeks away from Figure Drawing, I returned to Figure Al Fresco at Battery Park City, and we had a wonderful, new young model.  These are my 4 five minute drawings - drawn with a General Sketch and Wash pencil which I spread with a waterbrush to obtain the gray color.

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During a break after this 10 minute pose, our model told us that she teaches figure drawing, and likes to throw in a few poses requiring us to draw with foreshortening.

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These drawings were bigger than my scanner and were photographed.