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July 18, 2017

Deliberate Practice: Drawing Hands and a Foot

 I like figure drawing, and when there are live models, I try to draw hands, and sometimes feet on the longer poses (10, 20 minute poses).  But I need to continue to draw both hands and feet from photographs, and save photos from magazine advertisements for that purpose.  I have one sketchbook devoted to these deliberate practice drawings, and these are 3 that I did so far this summer.

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I search for photos of hands holding smart phones, and here is one with these other drawings.

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I like to draw hands in normal positions - but I liked this hand holding a hat too.

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July 8, 2017

Figure Al Fresco at Battery Park City

We had a new, lovely, elegant, balletic model at Battery Park City on Wednesday.  She wore a simple dress and had bare shoulders, and legs which made it easier to see her body positions.  The following 5 minute sketches were sketched with a soluble graphite pencil, and then clear water was used to spread the graphite to add some color/shading.

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I used the same "Sketch and Wash" pencil for these 15 minute poses, but sketched the model on pre-painted watercolor paper.  It is fun to see the random places where the drawing overlaps the paint - as an unplanned exercise.

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June 23, 2017

Art Wednesdays in Battery Park City June 21st

I love the free adult art program sponsored by the Battery Park City Conservancy from May through October.  On Wednesday mornings I stop briefly in Wagner Park to draw individual flowers in bloom.  Maybe someday I will grow to like painting landscapes.

Wagner Park iris variant:

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Multiple Flowers in Bloom this week:   

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In the afternoon I go to Figure Drawing sessions which are held in South Cove, also in Battery Park City.

Short Poses (5-10 minutes):

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Longer Poses (10-20 minutes): 

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On the hottest days in NYC, there is always shade and a lovely breeze in the afternoon.   

 

June 16, 2017

Figure Drawing at Battery Park City

It is good to be back at the weekly Figure Drawing in South Cove.  These are 5 two minute poses of Gloria, one of my favorite models.

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And these are two 10 minute poses:

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Gloria 2 

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April 21, 2017

Richard and his Dog - FIT Model

We had a live model in costume and his 8 year old pug this week in my FIT Watercolor Comps class.  The dog shifted positions lots, but was otherwise a perfect model.  The model was short and round, dressed in a wizard costume - and during breaks he gave his dog plenty of loving!

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When I finished the first painting, I practiced "being looser" and just painted the model's head.

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We will next begin work on our final project - working each week to a finished illustration of a subject of our choice.  This was a very enjoyable class and I only hope that FIT offers more classes from the Illustration department in their Senior Program.