After our busy and kind of long first day back to university we still had the holiday feels and the uni motivation feels too. So a few of us decided to go to the drink and draw in the LOFT. Ooooooo planning things!
It was the first time I ever went and the last time the Loft was hosting it! So a lot of people showed up, the place was packed out, the floor was covered with artsy, drawing skilled folk and clanking bottles mixed with chatter was the soundtrack to the night.
It was super chilled out and it was such a good night! our little group was having loads of giggles and chats and I’m pretty sure at times we were the only people talking (very loudly, oooopsies) But my friends drew amazing drawings and I wish I had pictures of their work to post along with this babble of words!
Anyway there was a lot of distractions and very little concentration on my part so my drawings were just poop little doodles but it was a good laugh!!
Other people’s drawings were amazing and it was very inspiring to see what people could come up with in a certain amount of time. It was like they had magic powers, or worked like those old machines they used to have plotted around in towns, where the booth would take your picture and transfer it into a style where it looked like it had been drawn and then it printed it, those people were human forms of them machines. Isane.
But it was fun, and the people who sat to be drawn were all very interesting, I would have enjoyed drawing them for way longer. A couple of us ended up just sitting and enjoying the night, after that we went a little adventure
This was the last day of life drawing and it was a good one! We got to spend time on one study for an whole hour, we were also allowed to use any type of medium we liked. I went for the Pentel brush pen again because I just wanted to use it so much more!!
Again I couldn’t spend time on just one piece, I went for two, I also done 2 as I messed her face up in the initial one and wanted to attempt it again. Both attempts do not look like her, but I’m happy enough with the drawings.
full ink study
Close up- ink study
Tried to keep up with homeworks and to also test out a few techniques from class in everyday life. I wish I had done a lot more as I found the techniques taught extremely useful, it was just hard to find the time.
Study of his chest with robe
Study of face
This week we were allowed to use ink and it was awesome! I was really excited as a friend and I went and bought the new pen that Michael had told us to buy and I hadn’t used it yet. OooooOOOooo new materials.
We got to spend the full hour experimenting with lines and trying to complete a study. As I am not very good at spending prolonged periods of time on just one piece I decided to attempt 2 different ones. I was nervous using pen because it is so permanent but it was still exciting, and Michael said he was happy with them, so that finished the day off so nicely!
I’m really enjoying Life drawing at the moment and I wish that we were doing more of it next semester, but I’ll just do it in my own time, to practice.
This week we tested out drawing gestures again, we were focusing on trying to get down the information. I enjoyed working on a smaller scale and thus I decided to do my 3 gestures on on page (well about 3)
Also attempted a few other poses on a slightly larger scale.
Michael gave us a few people to look into for research prior to us beginning the ink week. It should help with understanding the use of definite line work and also with how use line to create shadow.
Charles Dana Gibson was the first I looked up, they created the Gibson girl who became very popular. The line work within these pieces at first look a little frantic, but as you look closer you can realise that the line placement was very purposeful and they had a great understanding of form when approaching it with ink.
From this I then went on to look into Mort Drucker who drew up these weird characatures and they also drew up comics. Their line work was much more open and less focused on the shading and more focused on the outer line work .
Last of all, I looked into Dave Gibbons, he illustrated comics. His line work was a lot more harsh, and he used the contrasting shades to really define the form.
This week we put previous lessons to the test. We came into the room and there was a chair sitting on its own and then a skeleton standing next to it, it was a pretty surreal scene, but at the same time, university rarely has you questioning weird things anymore.
We of course had to draw the chair! So we did, I tried it a couple times, for some reason it turned out strange both times.
After this one of the subjects came in and we had to draw them sitting on the chair. This was difficult as we had to draw them in proportion to what we had previously drawn, with them sitting in the chair.
I found it very interesting and it turned out alright, I got the angles of the chest and stomach a little wrong, so Michael got me to test it out a few more times and i prefered the testing more so than the one I spent a lot of time on, he was great help that week. I am learning alot from these classes.