Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Long Pose Drawing Demos

The Winter 2013 term is starting soon! I'll be teaching Long Pose Figure, Figure/Costume Quick Sketch and Figure Construction. For more info you can check out my class sidebar to the right, or visit LAAFA's registration page (I teach Thursdays and Sundays). 

Here are some demos from my Long Pose Figure Drawing class this term. Once again, we've had some really excellent models and a dedicated, hardworking group of students.

This is the most recent demo done over the course of a 4-week pose. As with previous classes, I really encourage students to be thorough in their explorations of the model and tackle complex areas head on, always striving for an analytical understanding of the form. 

Below is the demo drawing for our first 3-week pose, along with its corresponding muscular and skeletal breakdown.    

Monday, November 12, 2012

Quick Sketch Rendering and Construction Demos

Here are some demos from this term, I'll try to keep posting more of these and add some explanations along the way. These are from my Quick Sketch and Construction 1 classes for LAAFA's full-time program.

Quick Sketch Rendering

This is a basic rendering diagram, demonstrating a full range of values to produce form on a sphere. During the lecture, we discussed which parts of the value scale are most critical in communicating form, and which can be left out when doing a quick sketch drawing.

The diagrams on the right show how the transition between values is more or less abrupt, depending on the form they're describing. Lastly, we discussed how core shadows not only follow the axis along the form they describe, but also show movement across the form. These small movements across the form add movement, energy and greater naturalism, as they mimic the infinitesimal changes that show up on the living model.

Here we see the same principles applied to a drawing from the model, roughly 20 minutes. I'm showing different strategies for producing a fairly rendered figure within a short span of time. Quick sketch drawing depends on developing priorities. In a rendering like this, we're leaving the shadow mass flat and ignoring the highest value steps. Our attention is focused on the core and half tones to produce an impression of solid forms as efficiently as possible.

In this second demo, we're focusing on how to show forms wrapping and twisting around the figure tonally. The triangle like markings on the right of the figure are what I call "tonal connections": little patches of value that emanate from a point and fan out. These connections help to roll forms over, while also showing a twist, suggesting that forms are wedging into each other and continuing to the unseen back of the figure, not ending at the contour.

Gesture, Proportion and Rhythm

Basic proportions, using heads and hands to measure.

Simple armature and basic proportions, using heads and hands to measure.

Practical application of the armature and proportions, drawn from the model

Demo addressing rhythm. It's useful to think of movement flowing through the figure like water in a river.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Quick Sketch Composition

Here's some work from this week. When I do quick sketch nowadays, I try to arrange the figures into a coherent composition. In this case, I opted for pyramidal structure with a circular rhythm to guide the eye through. 

Once you get comfortable drawing figures in a 5 or 7 minute interval, it's fun to up the ante and begin composing them. It's an extremely fun way to work, since you are drawing in a timed setting and never know what the model's next pose will be. This is a also a great way to practice staging for multi-figure scenes. 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

LAAFA Class Demos

We have only one more session in my long pose figure drawing class at LAAFA, so I wanted to share some demos from the past few weeks. It's been a great quarter, my students have been doing some very impressive renditions of our wonderful models.

Below is my main class demonstration, drawn directly from life over 3 sessions. Using this drawing, we discussed how to take a drawing from the initial gestural stages, all the way through delicate tonal modeling.

During the week, I worked on the subsequent anatomical breakdowns, showing students how bone and muscle interact in order to create the complex network of forms that we observe in the body.

Earlier in the term, I did this foot rendering demo, in order to show students how to manage different materials for various tasks, from gesture to modeling. In this case, the materials included 2B charcoal, Lyra Color Giant and finally Colerase pencils for the details. 

Lastly, this is my demo for LAAFA's Open House event. We had a great crowd and a phenomenal model, it was a lot of fun! 

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Quick Sketches

Here are some fun quick sketches: 5s, 10s and the occasional 20 minute pose. I've been working with a waxy colored pencil for most of the drawing and trying a smeared conte for the shadows. It's been great to get back into LA's drawing workshops, we have some great models here! 

Monday, May 14, 2012

Long Pose Figure Drawing class at LAAFA

Hi everyone, I'm happy to announce that I'll be teaching a Long Pose Figure Drawing class at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art on Mondays this summer.

We'll be working with 9-15 hour poses, creating finished drawings that are highly refined but also dynamic and full of energy.

I'm really excited to teach this class and share what I've learned from my studies with Vilppu, Weston, Gottlieb and Liberace. 

Class starts July 16th, and it's offered as a 3 and 5 hour option. To sign up, you can click the class links on the right of this blog, or visit LAAFA's website. Hope to see you there! 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

New study from the model

Here's another study from the uninstructed model workshop at the Art League. Iano, our model, was excellent; he didn't think twice about choosing a difficult pose and held it admirably. I've been working on 8x12 inch boards so I can get more done within the limited 4 hour time frame. A lot of my favorite artists worked at this small scale, Fortuny and Meissonier in particular did some amazing little figures. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


A few months ago, my friend Lamb and I moved to the DC/Virginia area, to further our painting education under master artist Robert Liberace. It's been a great experience so far, my studies with Rob feel like a natural  continuation of my previous education under Will Weston, Glenn Vilppu and Adrian Gottlieb. 

The biggest challenge for me has been to focus on intensely capturing the character of the model, and maintaining a high level of energy throughout the painting process. Rob is a really enthusiastic, inspiring teacher. His work sets an incredibly high standard and he is able to pinpoint exactly what is going wrong with a painting. 

Anyway, Lamb and I are taking his class again this term and we're super excited! 

The figures below were done in his class. These are some of my better efforts at thoroughly modeling the form and strong, varied color like my hero, Fortuny. The landscape is a study of a backyard in Tijuana, Mexico, done right before I left for DC. I'm excited to visit my hometown again in the summer and work in the beautifully intense desert light.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Figure drawings and a relaunch

Hi everyone! After a long hiatus, I'm relaunching this as my personal blog. Here you'll find studies, sketches, finished work and some musings on art, including a few posts about my favorite artists. To see Christie's wonderful work, you can visit  http://paintdump.blogspot.com/.

Below are some drawings I've done here in DC, I hope you like them!