May 5th, 2010

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Thank you note from a model

I am touched by this note from a model who posed for my class on Monday.  He held great poses for the mid-term drawing test.  It's fascinating to get a glimpse of your work through other eyes.

Thank you for the work opportunity to model for your class last night. I was very much impressed with your teaching skills. It was obvious that your students have great respect for you. I was also amazed at your understanding of model anatomical mechanics. I was much surprised when you identified balance as one of the uniting elements of my final sitting pose. Brilliant observation!

You certainly are a well-studied and gifted instructor. It was an honor to work with you and your class. I hope that I can again get the opportunity to work with you. 

Though difficult, the challenges that you presented were interesting and welcomed. As your students progress they may enjoy drawing some of my gestures. The dynamics of short poses inspire me. I love to feel motion when I view art.

This model's poses were tense, dramatic, and strong!  I look forward to having him pose in all 3 of my classes.
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Life Drawing Game

Play the One Drawing One Goal Game
For each pose,
set only one of these goals:

In this pose I am going to work on
In this pose I am going to work on
value and shading.
In this pose I am going to work on
In this pose I am going to try using my
eraser as a drawing tool.
In this pose I am going give my model an abstract value in the
background and see if I can get more depth into my drawing.
This is a good pose to concentrate on
In this pose I am going to work on
volume and mass - see page 18-19 in BFDT.
In this pose I am going to work on

With these clear goals in mind for short poses you will not be disappointed, you will be doing focused drawing to practice one specific aspect of life drawing.

Eventually you will be able to naturally put them all together - but for now - concentrate on playing with one skill at a time.

When you post the drawing tell us your specific goal for that drawing!  Onward!