Sunday, January 22, 2017

Anatomy: Head, Neck & Shoulders

Illustrations from Bridgman's "Drawing From Life" / Nathan Goldstein's "Figure Drawing"

George Henry Ford

Faustino Anderloni / Jean Galbert Salvage

Peter Paul Rubens: Sketch of Hercules

Student Work: Self Portrait & Skull

Student Work: Self Portrait & Skull. Notice how accurate proportion of skull are versus the elongation and slant seen in the self-portrait. Once a student is aware of the proportions and surface structure of the skull it becomes much easier to capture accurate proportions when working on a self portrait. 

Student Work: Various Anatomy Studies

Student Work: Rotating Skulls

Student Work: Strong portraits that show a sense of structure, process and proportion. 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Current Mood: Victor Hugo

Various works on paper by Victor Hugo.

Hugo produced more than 4,000 drawings. Originally pursued as a casual hobby, drawing became more important to Hugo shortly before his exile, when he made the decision to stop writing to devote himself to politics. Drawing became his exclusive creative outlet during the period 1848–1851.

Hugo worked only on paper, and on a small scale; usually in dark brown or black pen-and-ink wash, sometimes with touches of white, and rarely with colour. The surviving drawings are surprisingly accomplished and "modern" in their style and execution, foreshadowing the experimental techniques of Surrealism and Abstract expressionism. (source: wikipedia)

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Gustave Dore: Leading The Eye With Light

How does one lead the viewer's eye around a composition? If visual grammar is used effectively we impact what the viewer looks at first, second, third, and so on. Notice how Dore achieves visual dominance (the ability to allow some area of a composition to catch our attention first) through a play of light and dark. In the first image below we look at the radiant light in the center of the composition, then the figures on the bottom and then we notice the swirling mass of figures around the perimeter. Essentially we look where there is the most contrast (of value, shape, scale, placement within the picture plane, etc) first.

"Gustave Doré was born in Strasbourg on 6 January 1832. By age five, he was a prodigy troublemaker, playing pranks that were mature beyond his years. Seven years later, he began carving in cement. At the age of fifteen Doré began his career working as a caricaturist for the French paper Le Journal pour rire, and subsequently went on to win commissions to depict scenes from books by Rabelais, Balzac, Milton and Dante." (source)