Saturday, December 28, 2013

An Introduction and a Beginning

Hello all,
I hope you had a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, or whichever other way you choose to express well wishing at this time of year.
My name is Jason Patrick Jenkins and I am a new member of Studio Incamminati's blogging team. I am very excited to be here, both as a blogger and as a member of Studio Incamminati, where I am training in the full-time professional program.
First let me tell you a little about myself.  As a blogger, I don't tend to write articles rife with insight and profundity. However, I am an avid repurposer and sharer of hidden gems, pearls of wisdom, kernels of truth, and such, composed by other people. This may actually be the most verbose you'll ever see me, but I intend to re-post to the blog with regularity.
That being said, lets begin...

First, over the holidays, I stumbled upon a video demonstration by David Gray. Its always good to see how other artists work, and I have been following David's work for several years now. I adore his Still lifes (yes that is grammatically correct) and he does beautiful drapery and figures. I have heard many speak of how they see Vermeer in his work (and often count myself among them),  but I believe he has said his primary influence is Ingres.
Either way, check out his website here and his blog (complete with tips, techniques, and demos) here.
Also, on the topic of drapery, Stephen Early suggested to me a few weeks ago that I take a look at Da Vinci's drapery studies, as reference material for a piece of my own that I have been working on. Well, after a little google time, I actually found them all in one place, on Jeffrey Hayes' blog. I haven't been following Jeffrey's work for  long time, but I am certainly keen to see more. You can check out the Da Vinci drapery study post here and the rest of his blog here.

Finally and I'll call this it for now, Graydon Parrish recently started a new group on facebook, called the Atelier Exchange. According to Graydon:
"This group is for people who want to buy, sell and trade drawings, paintings and sculpture studies made at the various worldwide ateliers, by atelier instructors and talented friends. Works will only be slightly vetted to maintain a standard. Try to post things you are proud of, and only post one or two works at a time, so that the images are larger. Links to exhibitions are appreciated. The Atelier Exchange takes no commission and all sales are the responsibility of the artist and buyer."

I quite frankly love the idea. Especially the vetting aspect, as I have always been an advocate of the idea that a little critical feedback is good for "the industry/tradition" with regard to maintaining standards, and for individual artists and their practices, as it provides a means to gauge ones progress and continually drive one to achieve greater heights.

Check out the Atelier Exchange here, and please do let us know what you think of it. The display and sale of studies? The vetting of content? the use of social media to connect artists and buyers? Leave your thoughts in the comments. We look forward to hearing them.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Structural Drawing with Dan Thompson

Hello to all our subscribers! I'm Alexander Soukas, currently a level 2 student in the full time professional program here at Studio Incamminati. Alongside other students in the program, I will be updating you weekly on classes, events, and other happenings here at our school: every wednesday, I will be chronicling level 2's adventures in Structural Drawing of the figure. After half a semester of anatomical and planar sculpture, we have entered the life room to examine the long pose.

Last week, our fearless leader Dan Thompson guided us through the concepts and techniques of working through and interpreting the integral start of the drawing. Dan stressed the importance of staying open and designing the drawing with the use of the background and other elements as you compose the figure as a coherent whole. Dan also laid out several of his concepts for helping to "map" out the drawing, all pertaining to shape and proportion. Although anatomy and structural integrity are the cornerstone of this class, he told us to be wary of introducing that filter too early, "Don't get too human, too quickly."
(Dan Thompson demonstrating) 

(Dan Thompson's result from the morning demo) 

 With the addition of a simple shadow value, darkest dark, and average light tone, Dan demonstrated the beginning of setting up the value hierarchy in the drawing, continuing to draw and refine shapes as he went. Due to the large class size, we had two models, each with their own respective set-up. Due to travel plans for thanksgiving, I didn't manage to snap a picture of everyone's work - my apologies! More pictures to come this week of our progress. Below are student examples:

(the army of heads from previous weeks, standing before the clay eyes of Dan's Demo!) 

What are your strategies for planning out a long pose? Start the conversation!