Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Sunday Sketching at Tower Grove Park

I have learned that it is best not to blend when sketching in pencil sometimes. It gives an unclarity if you do. It is best to put the lines down and let them be untouched with minimal erasing into with a gum eraser perhaps. This gives your lines strength clarity and purpose.

One other tip: Hold your pencil at it's distant end from the lead, if possible add a pencil extender, this  will make you use more energetic lines instead of fussing in details with a tight grip up close.

Museum Sketches

On Easter, most things were closed, but the Art Museum was open. I spent a few good hours sketching some sculptures at the museum. I drew a horse running, the ballet dancer girl, and a classical bust.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Drawing Stephanie at Marlene's

I am getting back to this blog after a bit of a break. This is Stephanie modeling for us at Marlene's studio. I am trying to use a more predictable technique lately. 

1. loose gesture in a few lines
2. drop in tone
3. add dark notes
4. revise contours
5. pull out hilights
6. finishing touches in mediating tones

In this second drawing, I skipped step 3 and didn't bother with steps 5 and 6. I felt like  I might have ruined it. Which makes me think about other thoughts I ave been having about being precious with things. This  is  contrary in a way to my thoughts. I almost am decided that I should keep the average ones, sacrifice the best and attempt too improve my average. The thing that is gained is in the mind after-all and not in the end product.

If we hold up the end-product too high with our admiration, don't we build a ceiling for ourselves? 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Eunice at the Blue Mat Group

Drawings of Others

Below are some drawings of others from the session last night. If I was not able  to associate a name, please let me know and I will add it.

by Jean-Joel

by Jean-Joel

by Kelly Bandalos

by Thomas Sepe

by Lisa Wilson

Monday, September 17, 2018

New Session! - Costume Draw at the Artists' Guild

Kate posed for our first new monthly costumed session at the Artists' Guild.
Come draw every third Monday at 6:00pm.

Next month's muse / model will be Kyle!

What is in a sketch? What is enough information and what is too little or to much? What is to be gained from a sketch when looking at it later? Does the sketch convey what is going on no matter how abstract, simplified or detailed? Is a sketch a form of notation, or is it a piece of artwork in its own right?

Tuesday, August 7, 2018