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May 23, 2010

Every Day in May - 23

We stayed with our favorite cousin last evening in Philadelphia and really enjoyed seeing his lovely art collection again.  I adore Picasso drawings and like to quickly copy them trying to learn how he captures so much in so few lines.  Here is a very quick sketch of one of Larry's Picasso drawings.



May 21, 2010

Every Day in May - 20

I finally finished Chapter 3 in the Bert Dodson book Keys to Drawing!!!!

These two pages were done and should have been uploaded yesterday, but I was too tired after a very long (7:15AM-9PM), but wonderful, day with two of my grandsons.  Eight month old Zach is crawling really fast and pulling up on anything, even trying to climb, so he requires constant attention.  But he is a really happy baby - and it is wonderful watching his development.  Four year old Robbie is a master builder of extremely complex multiple level Geotrax train systems and can build for hours when he comes home from pre-school.  He has a wonderful design imagination and is extremely fast - and when he finishes another complex track he usually has 5-6 remote controlled trains navigating the system at once. 

The first drawing is of a foreshortened head.  I did it using a light grid because I knew it was the only way for me to capture even a slight resemblance to my pretty grand daughter Sydney - who was eating a snowcone when I took this photo.


 This page show some emphasis of facial characteristics which is the final page (but not a project) in Chapter 3.  These were all drawn from faces in my figure drawing group this week.


There are 5 more chapters in the Dodson book - which is a very sophosticated full course in drawing.  I was stuck at one place in Chapter 3 for too long and will try to make more continual progress.  But I have no deadline and learn so much from the projects.

May 19, 2010

Every Day in May - 19

Last night I went to Figure Drawing at the Society of Illustrators in New York City.  I think some of the people that I see there regularly go twice each week.  I'd love to go twice each month, but will probably never go more frequently than that.  This time I took my 9B woodless pencil and stumper that I played with when I was reading Bill Rankin's Fast Sketching Techniques book and loved using them for the longer poses.  Here is one page for 2 min, 5 min, 10 min, and 20 minute poses.  My new sketchbook is slightly bigger than my scanner and the person sitting next to me created charcoal dust periodically that drifted onto my page - so I cleaned them up as well as possible.

Two Minute Poses for each Model (2 of 20):  


Five Minute Pose (1 of 4):


Ten Minute Pose (1 of 2):


Twenty Minute Pose (1 of 3):



May 10, 2010

Every Day in May - 10

I had a leisurely Mother's Day yesterday and then joined my NYC children and their spouses for dinner!  It was wonderful relaxing in my PJs all day.  When we returned from dinner, I decided to draw my art mannequin in pencil (look closely) and then dress her in my PJs to remember this lovely day.  


April 19, 2010

More Dodson Drawing Projects: Chapter 3

I am slowly working my way through the Dodson Keys to Drawing book projects.  I have two more projects in Chapter 3 and five more chapters total.

I posted Project 3A - Standing Figure - in January. 

Project 3B is to draw a lounging figure.  I used a photo from my book The Nude Figure by Mark Edward Smith. 


Project 3C is to draw a reclining figure (foreshortened).  I used another photo from my book The Nude Figure by Mark Edward Smith. 


Project 3D is to draw a full face portrait.  I used a photo of Obama and practiced using a grid system.  The drawing can be seen here.

Project 3E is to draw a three-quarter view portrait.  I used a photo from


Although there is a section on drawing profiles, there is no project for drawing a profile in the book.  But I decided that I needed the practice.  I used a photo from