Saturday, May 12, 2012

Drawing Final

After two hours getting down the contours (shown in the last post) of my final drawing, I spent another four hours on it in class.  Along about 10:30 PM, I thought I was done.  As a matter of fact, I said to the instructor, "I think if I do anything else to it, I'll make it worse."

He had other ideas.  He picked up my charcoal and began drawing other stuff on my drawing -- lines and scribbles -- where I could change things.  Oh well.   I took it home and spent another couple of hours fixing it.  It felt like I was doing restoration on vandalized art.  His suggestions made it better, but not two hours better. 

The last half hour was spent just picking at things in the foreground.  The picture below is before the picking stage, but pretty much the final version. (At 27" x 36" it's  much bigger than it looks here!)

Now all I have to to is turn it in.  Yea!

p.s. The tree and log on the right side foreground don't really exist. I moved the tree there and just made up the log.  Kind of neat that you can do that, huh?

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Drawing 101

Here's another sporadic entry to my blog.  It's been a while.

As a follow-on to Art 101 in the fall term, I signed up for Drawing 101 for the winter term.  The class meets on Tuesday nights from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM.  That time slot coupled with a late night weekly quartet rehearsal and a day-job has made this a tough slog.

During the 15-week, three credit course, we completed over forty 18" x 24" graphite (at first) and charcoal drawings.  Here are some samples.

This is from my first homework.  It's a graphite contour drawing of at least seven objects.

After about five weeks, we were tasked with doing studies for our mid-term submission.  Everything from this point is charcoal.  These three studies took me eleven hours -- mostly spent getting my brain around size and placement of objects translated from three dimensions to two.  (My classmates were able to knock these out much faster - the next longest time was only a couple of hours.  Why?  Who knows?  But I guess it's not a race.)

This is the mid-term based on the studies above.  It's still a contour drawing, but he let us do a little shading just to add balance.

Next we added some cross-contouring to our drawings.  Here are two I did in class.  (My objects tend to lean to the left -- must be my liberal bias).

We then started adding shadows:

The next step was to zoom in on objects, use cross-contours and pick up shadows:  

Lathe chuck

Finally we moved on to bigger things. 

Here are two views out of the same window of the art building.  The first one is at night.  Beyond the bench, the view is primarily a reflection of the hallway behind me (I'm invisible - neat trick, huh).  The second one is looking out a panel of the same window (from a closer vantage point) in daylight.

Finally, I'm at the end.  The professor selected one of my drawings (it's hanging in the gallery and not shown here) as one of the two class submission for the end of term Student Art Exhibit.  I'm not sure whether the drawing was that good or if its selection was merely an artifice of my survival -- the class size has diminished pretty significantly from the start of the term.  (I guess I'm not the only one to find 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM a brutal time slot after a full day of work!)

I think I've learned a lot but found myself asking out loud why I'm putting myself through this.  Why am I taking a credit course and doing all this work at this stage of my life?  It's not to prepare for a new career.  It's not to work on my resume.  Marcia says, "it will look good on your obituary."  (Very funny, Marcia.)

It's nice to be at the end of the road, though.  The final exam is a large drawing -- 36" x 27".  It's to show two-point perspective and summarize all we've learned.  Here's my start at it -- copying a 8.5" x 11" photo of my subject.  I hope to finish this next Tuesday in class and be a free man once again!