Monday, April 18, 2011

Studio Sketches (Part I)

Right. Where to begin?

Let me just start off by saying that studio time has never been the most pleasant experience for me. I'm allergic to both charcoal and pastel, so on top of sneezing like mad and my eyes watering constantly, if I'm not allowed to use pencil or ink, then I'm forced to use conté instead. And I hate conté.

This post is going to be a long one, so I've split it up into two. There are a lot of pieces that I haven't scanned, but the ones that follow are the most complete/best sketches that I've done all year (at least, that's what I think).

To the left, a continuous line drawing. Looks weird, right? Like a five year old did it, or something. We had to do a bunch of these throughout the year. For some reason the profs love them; that, and blind contour drawings. Below, another continuous line drawing. I really like sketching overweight people, or individuals who have rolls of skin flopping this way and that. They're always super interesting to depict.


Below, more conté drawings from class. For our first studio, we didn't have any models to draw or any projects to critique, so we were told to be creative and start stylizing random heads. I had no problem with this, except for the fact that I had to do it in conté.

The rest of the sketches that follow don't really require that much of an explanation; just random head studies and studio sketches that were completed in conté. A couple of the sketches are of fellow students, and the last one on the bottom right is of my lab prof, Chris Kuzma (mentioned him a couple posts ago, actually).

And finally, to end off today's post, a bunch of subtractive drawings; its a technique where you use a kneadable eraser to map out highlights and mid-tones. I like the effect, but I have a hard time carving away at objects when drawing - my perspectives always end up looking so distorted, and not in a good way. I'd like to get better at it, though.

Part II to be posted tomorrow! Cya, folks.

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