Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at 5:17 PM | Posted by mARTa
Lots happening in figure class this week. We continue to do gesture sketches with emphasis on beginning the figure with the 'spirit line' which is usually the midline. After getting our stick figure in with all the proportions correct we are to move on and 'bulk up' the figure. We do this by filling in volume using the imaginary wire around the forms, the smoke or ribbon effect or beginning to explore with contour line.
She also stressed the importance to get into the studio, set up your easel and have your tools ready to work. She wants to see us using our grids, viewfinders and pencils to measure distances and proportions and decide on composition. *Note to self: Get to class a few minutes earlier and be ready next time!
Lastly this weeks discussions and lectures were anatomy on Monday which covered going over a skeleton model and it's bones. I shouldn't have a problem with this since I know the bones like the back of my hand. She also showed us what she expects from out master studies she assigned. Basically we are to get a good photocopy of a master drawing (nude) then lay a sheet of tracing paper over it and block out three to five values in pencil and shade them in. Next we are to freehand draw the copy which we may use a grid system to ensure accuracy. We have to use the materials the artist used in our sketch as well. Lastly we are to draw an original drawing encompassing what we learned from that particular study. Whew!!!!! I think my firsto of the eight assigned is going to be a Michelangelo which I hope to start soon.
*I'm feeling under the weather, sore throat and achy all over. I made a doctor appointment for tomorrow because I fear this is going to get worse and I might need a doctor's note for work. I won't be able to take care of sick kiddos if I'm sick! Gonna drink lots of hot tea with honey and lemon and maybe something a bit stronger!