Part 4, project 5, exercise 2 – groups of figures

I have posted these elsewhere although I had this exercise in mind when I made the sketches. This first group of sketches is from the live web stream provided by NASA/JPL of the teams building the 2020 Mars rover.  This is conte/charcoal and less a group as individuals within the group. The build takes place in a clean room, hence the suits and masks. The teams move slowly and carefully, as you might expect, which is ideal for me. I’m quite fond of this central figure, leaning on the arm of a ladder. Less so the one on the right … Continue reading Part 4, project 5, exercise 2 – groups of figures

Part 4, project 4 – research point

Historic and contemporary artists whose work involves the underlying structure of the human body. Two strike me immediately: Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) for his methodical and systematic observational studies of anatomy, some of which must have involved dissection; and Gunther von Hagens (1945 – ) who used the bodies themselves in his controversial art/autopsy exhibitions. This 2006 (revised 2011) review by Gareth Bate describes the beauty of the “athletically posed specimens like The Soccer Player or the piece called Elegance on Ice featuring male-female pairs ice skaters, or the stunning head composed entirely of red blood vessels which creates an exact structural likeness.” but also … Continue reading Part 4, project 4 – research point

Part 4, project 4, exercise 1 – structure, body parts

Various body parts. Dominant hand drawing, charcoal pencil. I still find foreshortening tricky and getting the shape of hands right. Non-dominant hand drawing from a photograph. Pastel and charcoal pencil. Those glasses don’t really sit right but I’m quite pleased with the intimation of head movement towards the right shoulder. See also https://conboyhilldrawingone.wordpress.com/2019/08/09/part-4-project-4-structure-drawing-hands/ https://conboyhilldrawingone.wordpress.com/2019/07/31/figure-and-form-mouths-and-eyes/ https://conboyhilldrawingone.wordpress.com/2019/07/29/figure-and-form-finding-my-feet/     Continue reading Part 4, project 4, exercise 1 – structure, body parts

Part 4, project 3, exercise 1 – basic shapes

The task is to use a model and to block in basic shapes as they sat. Lacking a model, I am using internet images and my own photographs. Rather than detail, I’m aiming at form using more gesture than measurement. This suits my way of perceiving shape; too much attention to that kind of detail and I lose track of the whole. Quick sketch of a seated figure via Bing. This is a sculpture listed by American Legacy Fine Arts, the artist’s name isn’t given. I’ve used black conte. I didn’t get the angle of the head, either from the … Continue reading Part 4, project 3, exercise 1 – basic shapes

Part 4 Assignment 4 preparatory work seated figure

Line drawing. Influences: David Hockney’s simplicity of line even in his paintings, and Henry Moore’s circular wire-frame marks. I am including Egon Schiele because of his expert economy of line although I abhor his subject matter; nevertheless he comes to my conscious mind enough to suspect that his techniques are woven into my impressions. Finally Paula Rego whose robust figures draw me for all sorts of reasons, including the volume she achieves with lines and marks. Hockney. This tiny clip of a clip illustrates just how simple lines can be and still suggest shape, volume, and texture. The pillow is … Continue reading Part 4 Assignment 4 preparatory work seated figure