Monday, November 30, 2009

she sells seashells by the seashore

second shell attempt, and this time it was macroscopic. one success was the incorporation of a more severe diagonal, however, looking at it now, i'm convinced i could push this a lot further. another change: charcoal. straight up charcoal. no vine. no pencil. just charcoal, and i'm not altogether sure if that was the right choice. i don't usually use charcoal but wanted darker line work on this drawing. and darker line work is what i got. throughout the whole thing. this new medium seemed to distract me just enough to prevent me from creating varying line weights. in review of my last drawing, i needed to work on darker line weights at the part of the shell closest to me and gradually fade those lines as they moved back in space. i failed to do that in my first drawing, and i failed to do it yet again in this one. however, i do realize now as this drawing hangs in front of me, it is much more three dimensional than i had thought as i drew it on the this element, i am moderately pleased with. I did enjoy drawing big as well. I thought the page would be hard to fill with such a small object, but it wasn't. It felt good to use my whole arm. Now, I just need to work on making it look alive.

In group critique, most things i saw wrong with my drawing, my group members did as well. Line weight was the biggest issue by far. More curvature to my lines would help the shell to look more alive. I need to work on loosing the rainbow effect of the concentric lines and focus more on the intricacies of the shell to generate the overall form.

Sunday, November 22, 2009


35 min skull

i've neglected in the weekly postings of this here blog, but i'm about to get back on track. in my time away from this, i have been learning. learning much about feet, about skulls, about muscle structure...about bodies. the field trip to the bodies exhibition proved to be a rewarding experience. i had never heard of it, and had no idea what to expect going into it. i'll admit, i didn't even know we'd be seeing real bodies. so that in itself was absolutely fascinating and slightly unnerving all the same. my favorite part was seeing organs that were plagued by disease and how they looked in comparrison to healthy ones. i'm big on the visual learning thing, so this trip really helped me with seeing more than any book or diagram could.

30? min foot

Monday, November 9, 2009

for a reason

cross contour 30 min.

this past week has proved to be what i would consider, a successful one. i went to an open drawing the week before and that seemed to be just the ticket to get me into the drawing mindset...and that mindset continued into the following week. and i liked that.
lots and lots of drawing time this week gave me more and more insight into the human body. my drawings seem to be more knowledge built and because of this, much more successful. i feel the pelvis might possibly be finally falling into place for me, and i like that too.
...still struggling with making the inner structure more predominant than the outline around it, but i hope to work on that and keep it in mind more this coming week. so, i like this challenge as well.
a week full of likes. can't complain.

1 hour