honoriartist (honoriartist) wrote,

Student musings: Teaching Reflections

For one of this week's assignments I changed the canned questions in the curriculum to open-ended questions and this morning found some great posts from students in response:

What did you learn about tools and techniques in the process of creating these anatomical drawings?

What I learned about the tools and techniques for the process of creating anatomical drawing was that using more types of media allow for a variety of appearances from subtle to bold. It seems that it is easier to get a more realistic and defined rendering by using a variety of the tools we have at our disposal. These not only include our media and our surface but our resources as well. The more places that you go to look at the examples of the particular anatomical renderings the more you get to see. As no two people see things the same way, different artists have different subtleties in their work.

What did you learn about the muscle and bone structure of the leg to look for on the live model?

I look for landmark points that are apparent, the jutting of a bone or the curvature of a particular muscle. These locations help to keep the proportion in order while drawing as they give us key points where things intersect and change. I like the bones but am amazed be the muscle and how many different directions that it actually comes from and goes to. The texture shows the basic movement of the muscle and that is just too cool in my eyes. This is truly a major educational step of vital importance as it will increase our skills and make us more aware of the subtle contours of the human body and why they are located where they are.

Honoria's reply:
Class: S. realizes that every artist is not only different in how he or she uses art supplies and resources but also in how artists and designers have individual differences learning life drawing techniques to create unique drawings.

These insights move the class deeper into explorations of the history of life drawing and deeper into your personal approach to learning and art-making. Another way to find new insights is to closely observe and determine elements in your favorite artist's drawings that you can apply to your own drawings.

I agree that most artists throughout history recognize and use key landmarks of the body. Peck's Atlas of Human Anatomy for Artists page 180 has a list of surface landmarks along with photos that highlight the surface landmarks. This is a great section to study to improve your ability to recognize and use these landmarks in your own drawings.
Tags: life drawing, teaching

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