By Wendy Wagner
Continuing from my previous post, I invite you to follow my Tuesday as a Level Two student in the Professional program.
The first snowfall of the year greets us as we arrive.
With two weeks left in the fall semester, we are finishing our class, Drawing the Figure in Graphite. After a year of charcoal with Level One, we graduated to graphite. The class was broken into two long poses, about eight weeks long, with a few shorter poses in the beginning of the year. Our instructor is Robin Frey.
|Library w/painting by Nelson Shanks|
9 am: Before jumping into the pose, we head to the library to show our weekly sketches. Robin has us draw from life on our own, and also copy from various books over the semester. For the past few weeks we have had to copy from Anthony Ryder's figure drawing book.
|Coffee provided by the school daily|
Coffee (and tea) is provided to the students by the school, so we fill up our cups and meet to show our weekly sketches.
It's also interesting to see the personality of each artist emerge from their sketches. Some chose to do quick sketches, while others prefer longer master copies. Robin is very open about what we do, as long as we draw, draw, draw.
Here are some examples from sketchbooks:
|Examples from our weekly sketches.|
Did we capture the light effect? If the light on the shoulder is the same as the light on the knee, there is a problem.
|Michela, working during the break|
12:45. And we're back, continuing to assess which areas need attention, standing back, getting feedback. Here are snippets of some work.
|Parts in progress|
|Level One artwork|
As our instructor, Robin put it, It's not just about it copying, it's about interpreting. You have to build an understanding about what you are drawing.
The group got together for a photo:
Until next time,