October 6th, 2013

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CA 233 First Day Survey Requests Fall 2013

I gave out a first day anonymous survey to find out what students wanted to learn in Life Drawing and Gesture.
Here are the results.

What topics do you want to make sure to cover in the class?

portraying gesture
quickly capture the essence without mudding the page
creating movement from stillness
hand gestures
structure and perspective
drawing things in motion
keeping a drawing simple
motion and fabric
emotion through gesture
more line quality explanation
techniques to draw the slow movement technique

What techniques do you want to learn about?

Color blocking an image
blind-line speed drawings
simplifying my work
focus on key lines
texture and flow of fabrics
compositions pleasing to the eye
quick emotive drawing
more dynamic movement into my figures
how to draw the slow motion continuous poses

Do you have questions after today's first class we should address in the second class?

Good technique for adding color
Simple drawing
More gestures
How did you personally begin to do gesture drawing and how did you improve (other than practice)?

Thank you for all the feedback.  I will address these in this week's class.

As for me personally, how do I begin a gesture drawing? I begin with the rhythm of the pose and the biggest most active forms I can see.
I also extend the gesture outside of the model since the gesture represents movement. I work very fast and loose.  I don't worry about any individual drawing but think of the whole drawing session as producing a series.  I edit the series, throwing out most of the gestures.  I also add more stuff on top of gestures that lack in authenticity but are are on good paper.  I even gesso over gestures leaving their ghost images and start a whole new drawing or painting.  Gesture drawing is practice drawing.  It is like exercise.  It builds your ability to think, see, and do simultaneously and efficiently.  Each time you do a "bad" drawing it means it's over, behind you, you did it and learned from it.  The next will benefit from having tried something and failed.  Eventually your authentic and efficient style emerges along with speed in drawing and capture of dynamic action.

How to improve other than practice?
Artists have been doing gesture drawing since the earliest prehistoric people. You can see their gestures of humans and animals on cave walls.  I learned a lot from art history.  In our library is a book of Rodin's gestures.  Rodin was a famous sculptor who did drawings all his life.  His drawings are the most direct and amazing gestures I've ever seen.  I do a lot of research into the gestures and prep drawings of other artists.  I love drawing for drawing's sake.  I don't need my drawings to lead to other art forms.  Drawing itself is one key element of who I am as an artists.  I love to draw, but more than that I have to draw.  A day without drawing is a drag for me.  These days I drawing on my iPad a lot.  In addition to drawing I research the drawings of historical artists and contemporary artists.  See what's out there and learn from your peers around the world through the Internet.

Your peers are on DeviantArt
Many students find that the DeviantArt site is a great place to find the work of other students, professionals, tutorials, and galleries of drawings.  You can also encourage the work of others and have your work critiqued on DeviantArt.

Thanks for asking.
Dr. Honoria

will take you to some of my  students' and some of my gesture drawings.
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ART 108 C1 First Day Survey Results

Here are the results of the survey you took on day one of ART 108 C1.  We are off to an exciting start and will hit most, if not all of your requests.

What subjects do you want us to cover?

How this class applies to web design.
Shading animals and humans
Drawing the human body and figure
Reflected light
Multipoint perspective
Skulls and feathers

What techniques do you want to learn?
Geometric rhythm
Line quality
Cross hatching
Light and shadow
Positive and negative space
Drawing faster

What art supplies do you want to know about?
Blending stomp
Different graphites
Watercolor crayons
Multiple types of pencils and what they do

What other aspect of drawing do you want to learn?
Realistic drawing
Shadow area
Shading on faces
Depth and texture
3-D perspective
Figure drawing and proportion
Character drawing
Simple line drawing

You will be glad to know that much of this is already covered by the course content. I will be happy to add the elements you request that are outside the norm, such as, watercolor, feathers, character drawing, and geometric rhythm.  All your other requests are in the normal progression of the class.

Thanks for a great first week.  I look forward to our adventure in drawing together.

Dr. Honoria
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ART 108 B2 First Day Survey Results

ART 108 C1 First Day Survey Results

What subjects do you want us to cover?

Make a good cartoon
Still life
Space and line
Shape and shadow
Blocking in
Linear perspective
Splatter painting
Light and position in space
Oil paint (I'm sorry we don't have the right ventilation for oil painting.  We will do watercolors and you may bring acrylics.  Did you know that there is a whole class dedicated to painting you can take?)

What techniques do you want to learn?

Using light, middle, and dark values
Soft shading, not seeing where my lines were
Distortions and transparency
Cast shadows
Creating volume
Accurate figure drawing
Speed drawing
How to paint

What art supplies do you want to know about?

India ink
Sumi ink
Color pencils
Liquid graphite
Copic markers
Odd ones:-)
Paint and pastel

What other aspect of drawing do you want to learn?

Realistic 3-D drawing
Different ways to do things
Artistic expression
Emotional output

Any question about today's class we should cover next week?

Background shading
What can we do outside of class to improve our skills most quickly?

What about head phones?
Answer: Headphones make it harder for me and others to connect to you for micro-learning.  I"m willing to discuss headphones on an individual basis.  Students who use headphones are the ones that don't progress as rapidly because they don't hear incidental critique and comments.  We strive to be connected as a creative team rather than isolated in our own soundscape.

You will be glad to know that much of this is already covered by the course content.  We will work with other requests except oil paint as we go along.

Thanks for a great first week.  I look forward to our adventure in drawing together.

Dr. Honoria
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FRM 131 Results of Day one survey

Student Survey Results from Day One
Here are the topics that you requested.  We will refer to these during the semester to make sure we cover them all.  I look forward to working with you to make sure you learn what you need to succeed.

Student answers to "Be sure to cover in class"
High fashion illustrations

Capturing different fabrics

Drawing folds

Different poses and textures


Drawing in 3-D, not flat

Broaden creativity

Mechanics of drawing croquis and garments on the body

Perspective of fabric falling on an object

Using dark colors

Different types of garments

Supplies Requested - We have some in the room, however, please bring your chosen supplies to class for instruction.
India Ink - Bring watercolor paper, bristol paper or illustration board for best results

Watercolor - Bring watercolor paper for best results

Markers - Bring marker paper for best results

Fine line markers and pencils for details

Prismacolors - Bring your color wheel

Graphite and pastels - Dress for mess with these techniques

Ebony pencils and smudging - bring tortillion and Maped erasers for best results

Overlapping colors - Bring your color wheel

Question:  Will we always be tracing the human form?
You can branch off from tracing at any time and draw freehand.
We will look at techniques for drawing accessories.
You may draw fashion accessories for animals if you like.

I look forward to our adventure in fashion drawing together!