Thursday, April 30, 2009

Thursday Class Homework - Done

Homework this week was to sketch 3 figurative sculptures. I chose, (From the top down) Rodin's Pierre de Wissant, Tadolini's St Michael the Archangel and St. Michael Casting Satan into Hell by Vaccaro. I found that the Rodin was surprisingly challenging and the Vaccaro was the most satisfying. Maybe not the best execution, but pretty satisfying. All took a little over and hour to do. Please, comments and crit would be very welcome.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

From Thursday's Class

We had a great model for class Thursday. The first sketch was a 10-minute pose where she was moving slightly during the pose and so it threw weveryone for a loop. I thought is was a great exercise.
The one above that is charcoal on newsprint and I thought it was a really nice pose. I should have spent a little more time on the eye, I just threw it on there and it is obviously not right for the face. But I thought I got some nice subtle shadows of the back.
The top one was my favorate of the night, harsh contrast and a great pose. I needed to use some white charcoal to really beef up the lighting, cause just erasing wasn't getting the point across.

Sketchbook entries

A couple of quick comic character sketches in the ole sketchbook. I am really enjoying drawing the Hulk these days and this was my first attempt at Nightcrawler, without any reference. I thought is was pretty good for no reference...

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Spring Break Homework (cont'd)

Well I finally finished my Spring Break homework. I choose "Crucifixion of St. Peter" by Guido Reni, I loved the drama of the moment, great contrast and more than one person in the painting. I used charcoal for this, and this is in my sketchbook, I really worried about getting a mess everywhere...I just gotta get over that...
The top picture is "St. Jerome" by Leonardo da Vinci. I only had one day to do this one and I pretty much finished it in about an hour and a half. I thought I really captured the look and feel of the original.
I was planning on doing a Singer-Sargent, Nude Egyptian Girl, but as I was doing okay with the body, the face, the real key to the painting was just giving me fits. I even did a study just of the face and I was just not having any luck with it....So I bailed, because the teacher should be able to tell what painting the sketch was from and without nailing the face, there was no way he was going to be able to tell it was a Sargent. Anyway, I was pretty proud of my homework.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Doing homework over Spring Break??

As you might have seen my status on Facebook, I am doing a drawing of Caravaggio's painting of Doubting Thomas. Not the entire thing. just a small detail. St. Thomas sticking his finger in the ressurected Jesus' wound. It stuck with me because...Dude. You are sticking your finger in a gaping wound. Even if it isn't Jesus, back from the dead, you are sticking your finger in an open wound. That is just wrong.
It isn't finished, but I thought I would share my progress.

Catching up on posts

On Spring Break...These are from a couple of weeks ago. The top one is focusing on light and dark, no greys, just light or dark.
The bottom on is just a freestyle, last one of the night, just using charcoal.