7/07/2010

LIfe Drawing at Sadie's Atelier


On Tuesday evenings I go over to Sadie Valerie's Atelier for an open studio life drawing workshop. We extend the pose for four Tuesdays, ensuring that all of us can get the level of finish that we like, thoughtfully observing and indicating anatomy as best we can. I have been experimenting with Pitt brand pastel pencils on charcoal paper and having fun with it, although I do feel the redness of the tone might be a bit much. (and for some reason hard for my camera to photograph)
Lately I have been engrossed in human anatomy while resting between illustration projects . After I finish up my various projects for the fall (hopefully four to five prints, the Sephalina pin up, and some additional pieces, revised website, blog header, and etsy shop...), I plan to fully immerse myself in a rather intense ecorche class taught by Andrew Ameral, who taught at the prestigious Florence Academy (a school I would LOVE to attend...). I want to, once and for all, KNOW what it is I am drawing, rather than just putting down shadow patterns. Shadow patterns are fine and all in drawing, but it's also very helpful to know the structure underneath in order to make a believable picture. Not to mention that knowledge of anatomy for sculpture is extremely useful, as well as drawing from memory and imagination. Solidifying knowledge of human anatomy, I expect, will go a long way, whether I am painting realist or imaginary subjects.

Hopefully by this time next week, I will be posting the finished PIN UP I'm working on at night and weekends for Jamie's new book, Sephalina. I've been taking photos along the way, so maybe I'll include a few work in progress shots to show the haphazard and chaotic way I approach an illustration, tears and all. :)

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