Thursday, December 18, 2008

Top 5

Here are some of my favorite drawings from this semester.
I've learned what some of my strengths and weaknesses are and developed a better eye for details. I've also learned basic anatomy, which I always struggled with before. (the other day I pulled out some old sketchbooks from middle-school and earlier, apparently I used to believe that the head was connected directly to the shoulders, and the rib cage was it's own floating entity around the spinal column (which looked kind of like one of those bendable drinking straws.)) I've also gained an appreciation for anatomical studies, I learned a lot from picking at the bones and skull then drawing them based on plainer changes. It's important for one to develop proficient technical skills so creative license can be used without any restrictions. I also feel that I've learned to slow down when drawing, I now look, think, then lay down a line. Whereas before I would lay down lines based on emotion or rough estimates of the actual location. So now my drawings are much more accurate and detailed. 

After about 4 or 5 lang drawings of the pelvis I finally came out with this one, which I'm pretty happy with. It's a segment from the full scale skeleton drawings, and probably my favorite part to look at in the whole drawing.

This skull took roughly an hour. I wanted to keep going but I didn't know what else to do, so i stopped out of fear of over working it. The teeth inspire regular flossing.

My feeling is that this was my only successful self-portrait, although it too is flawed. Indeed, I have never looked at myself for so long a period before.

Here's a 30 minute drawing of Charles. I think I could spend 30 days drawing him and never get bored. 

This was really the only long drawing we got to do of a live figure this semester. It still needs some anatomical work, his torso is too long and that forearm is driving me nuts.
It might be more fun to view on its side, it looks kind of like he's jumping. 
 I liked working in brown, that may become a more common color in my art.



This is some of the better stuff I've been doing over the course of this semester. Mostly still-life skeleton work, but we got to do a bit of work from the model which was probably my favorite part.


Here's a few self portrait drawings, 
I really do not enjoy doing self portraits, I have a lot of difficulty imagining what I really look like. Even when looking in a mirror I have trouble narrowing down my actual real physical attributes from I used to look like or what I'd ideally like to look like. Actually, my portraits of any individuals are probably not true representations of what they really look like, but only as how I view them. It's much easier drawing someone I know nothing about. 

Used a mirror for this one, the proportions are off. It's my least favorite... and rather difficult for me to look at. 

Used a mirror again, But I think it's okay, a little boring maybe.

This ones probably my favorite, I used a photo... When it was finished I discovered that my whole face needed to be longer, it's weird how you can spend hours on something and not realize such a huge flaw until after it's done.