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November 26, 2013

Week 13 of my Figure Drawing Class

Last night we used a bamboo brush and India ink to draw and sketch the model in multiple 5 minute, 10 minute and 20 minute poses.  I really loved it because it felt very much like watercolor.  This is a 20 minute pose that I turned in at the end of class, after quickly snapping a phone picture. 

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And now I need to go back to the kitchen to continue cooking.

 Happy Thanksgiving to All and safe travel tomorrow during the Nor'easter.

November 19, 2013

Classes 11 and 12 - FIT Figure Drawing I

In Class 11 we used Nupastels and I hated them!  This isn't a surprise, I didn't like using pastels in several prior experiments here at home.  So there is no photo of that drawing because I didn't even want to spray it with fixative and bring it home.

Last night, in Class 12, we were given a choice of more pastels or a medium of our choice.  I did the 4 five minute poses in charcoal (General extra soft pencil) and then switched to Sanguine Conte.  I'm actually enjoying drawing with these, and feel as if progresss is being made.

This was my long pose for the evening.  I loved the mirror that our Professor placed behind the model.  Only 3 more classes in this Fall semester course, which makes me sad.

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November 5, 2013

Two More Figure Drawing Classes at FIT

Each class begins with 4 Five Minute poses of the model just for us to warm up.  Now we spend the rest of the 3 hours with one long pose - with periodic breaks for the model during which the Professor shows us prints to demonstrate specific techniques as done by master artists.

Last week our assignment in class was to draw any part or all of the model using black and white charcoal with sanguine conte - red, black, and white.  It wasn't until I saw some of the prints from artists like Ruebens that I realized how subtly these 3 colors were used.  I chose to do a portrait, from the waist up, and to use the textile behind the model to add red.

IMG_20131028_204649_639.size.jpgLast night our Professor began the class by showing us many Matisse drawings, in order to illustrate how figures can be placed in specific settings - using Matisse's love of textiles and patterns.  He then draped the background for our model with 3 different textiles and placed her on a patterned pillow. 

We did our 5 minute warm up drawings and then spent the rest of the evening sketching her in one pose.

 

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Next week we are going to add color to our figure drawings, using nu-pastels.  I am now finally using charcoal instead of 9B graphite pencils for drawing.  The General Ex-soft pencils don't freak me out.  And I am getting more used to drawing and shading with the charcoal and conte.  So progress is being made. 

October 22, 2013

More About Figure Drawing I Class at FIT

 Last night was Week 8 in my class and I'm still delighted that I decided to take it.  Readers of this blog may remember that it is my first art class since 10th grade in high school, so I had a little trepidation.  I've enjoyed these years teaching myself and wasn't sure whether I wanted any formal education in Art.

Last week and this week we worked with Conte Sanguine chalks.  I've never drawn with anything but a pencil or pen - so it took me a little while to even get comfortable with the medium.  Here are the two chalks that I bought for the class.  All images are from photos on 18 X 24" paper.

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It was different to draw without a point on the chalk.  This model was drawn with the Conte chalk on the left.  And then after, drawing the figure, I had no idea how to shade it.  This was the 20 minute pose from last week.

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Last night I used the Nupastel Sanguine on the right to see if I also liked using it.  I didn't realize the difference in color until I photographed both this morning.  These are 2 of my 4 Five Minute warm up sketches.

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We spent the rest of our time sketching the model in just one pose.  That was torture for me.  I draw quickly and become bored easily - so I found myself fiddling.  I had to turn the drawing in after class to be graded, but will post it when I get it back.  My self-portrait ( posted previously)received an A!

For the next few weeks we are combining charcoal, sanguine and white chalks in single drawings.  Not sure how I feel about that.... 

October 18, 2013

Balthus and Tiepolo - More Figures and a Portrait

There are so many wonderful new exhibits in NYC that we are going to see at least one every Wednesday morning for the next few months.

Last week we went to see Balthus Girls and Cats at the Met.  My Figure Drawing Professor encouraged everyone in our class to see it because of the importance of Balthus as a 20th C. figure painter.  I sketched Therese, his 16 year old model in pencil, and then painted her at home.  The next sketch was from the show catalogue and was fun for a quick sketch in pen.

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This week we went to the Morgan to see Tiepolo, Guardi, and Their World: 18th C. Venetian Drawings.   Their lines were so wonderful!  I just wish that I had a single pen to draw such a variety of lively lines.  I used a brown Tombow marker for this drawing and the ink wash.

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