honoriartist (honoriartist) wrote,

Most Delicious Student Comment: Life Drawing

Mid-Term review from Michael B:

I think that I’ve improved ...my artistic skill, specifically my shading and outlining techniques. Due to the fact that drawing figures, muscles and bones, requires a great deal of realism I think that I really focused on trying to capture shadow and shading of these different anatomy parts. During the last three weeks I think I’ve really established a system of this kind of shading, which consists of layering charcoal vine over pastel color over the pencil outline. This kind of layering and I think captures a feeling of bone, blood and flesh which helps to realize anatomy. Comparing the colored pieces to a lot of the black-and-white sketches that I do before I begin on the actual, final piece, I see that this is definitely true. A lot of the depth and detail is lost in a black-and-white figure.

Apart from shading I think I personally have grown as an artist. I think that I have moved from looking at something as an object to looking at something as a coalescing of many different pieces. This kind of thinking allows you to look at an object and see its parts, and in seeing its parts it’s easier to drawl and easier to imagine differently and from different angles. In a very crude example, is like understanding how to make a sandwich, what the bread looks like apart from the sandwich, what the meat looks like and what the cheese looks like, instead of trying to draw the sandwich altogether. Knowing the different pieces, what they look like how they work helps you to understand the whole.

Teaching reply:
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Michael, I love your example comparing drawing to making a sandwich - YES. I'd love to use that in future classes.
No one is afraid to make a sandwich. It doesn't have the reputation for needing special skills. You are so right to observe that drawing really is putting the parts together just like a sandwich. Instead of a knife to spread butter or mayo we use sticks of charcoal and blending stomp to spread values. Then we can pile on lines, color, texture, etc. to make each drawing delicious and unique.
Thank you!
Tags: life drawing, sandwich, teaching

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