Friday, April 26, 2013

HMoA Drawing Class 04/22/13 - Adele

Monday was drawing at the Honolulu Art Academy Figure drawing class. Adele was the model,  she is a painter as well.

Above is my favorite of the night. I am unsure if it is the best of the night or this is just a great compilation of a good series of drawings. I will re-work this page to play with the shapes and forms on the page.  I look forward to playing with this page.

I am really liking the repeated shape of the fingers, they are creating a nice rhythm for the drawing. 

I drew this pose from the floor so the size of her face is a little off in the drawing. I made her head a little too big.

I really like the painterly way I drew her extended hand. It is reading rather well...

This was the first pose of the night. I am really distracted by this drawing. The proportions are really off on the main figure. The purple cloth is looking nice on the green though.

"Creativity is not the finding of a thing, 
but the making something out of it after it is found."
 ~ James Russell Lowell

Monday, April 22, 2013

Zwick Studios 04/20/13 - Betsy - Day 3

I had a really rough time painting on Saturday. It was the normal Zwick Painting sessions I just was having a bad morning.

I am slowly cleaning my house clearing clutter. Maybe the dust got to me this morning.

I forgot my fine paintbrushes at home so I was unable to work on details this session. I did not get as much accomplished this session as I would have liked. 

Let's focus on the positives. There are some things I did accomplish that morning.  I got through my main goal of defining her legs this session. I also love how I rendered the left knee. The proportions are looking a little more accurate. I slimmed her torso Though I need to fix her arms a whole bunch. I like the green for the background. It's really going to set off her flesh tones.

It's only a failure if I give up. 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

WCC Figure Drawing - 04/19/13 - Katie

I took Friday off and was able to go to WCC's figure drawing class. The model was Katie.

I opened a new pack of oil pastels this morning and used the entire stick of Burnt Sienna in this session.  So you may notice a color trend. Sometimes the color just takes over.

Above is my favorite of the morning. It is over an old sheet, that was honestly getting rather worn from reuse. With my latest attempt, the page is looking pretty great now. There is vibrant movement on the page, despite the rather simple pose. I think I have created a rather dynamic page.

The central figure is both unstable and monolithic. It stands as such a contrast from both the green wash and the black turpentine cloud of previous drawings, while being made up of a chaotic mess of frantic marks. The spontaneity created by the way I applied the oil pastel is really captivating to me.

It's almost as if from the chaotic mess this very powerful figure appeared.

"I believe in deeply ordered chaos." 
~ Francis Bacon

This is the second pose of the morning. I am on the fence about this drawing. I keep looking at it and seeing minor flaws that are distracting my attention. However, when I look at the piece overall, it actually looks pretty good. I will probably add another pose to this page.

It was a surprisingly difficult pose because of the foreshortened legs. I do really like how I rendered the hands, particularly the one on the left.    

This is the third pose of the morning and I drew it over another pose of Kat. I am starting to really like this page. I like the repeated shapes the fingers are making in that row. I do not think the pose is completed, however. I think there needs to be another pose on the right side of the page. It may be as simple as drawing another hand in the top right corner. I have to think more what to do on this page. 

This was the last pose of the morning. I do like some elements of this drawing. Although it looks a little off to me. Maybe I should sleep on it before doing anything rash and turpentine-y

This figure drawing class is held on Fridays at Windward Community College's Hale Palanikila at 9:30 AM. There is a $5 class fee.

"Art is the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos." 
~ Saul Bellow