What I’m Learning

After my last post about Steve Huston's New Masters Academy videos, I thought I'd better post some of my drawings showing what I've gotten out of practicing along with Steve. This is a sheet of 5–10 minute drawings (on the video they're 1–2 minute poses, but I still have to slow down the playback to… Continue reading What I’m Learning

iPad Quicksketch

I'm stubbornly continuing to use my ipad for quick sketch sessions with a model. Mainly because it keeps me focused on gesture and doesn't let me start finished some small part of the drawing before getting the whole thing down–something I'm way too likely to do. Most of my time on this sketch was spent… Continue reading iPad Quicksketch

Ipad Gesture Drawing

All of these drawings are done on my Ipad using Procreate. The first two drawings are five-minute quick sketches. The third one is a 25-minute heightened drawing. Using an Ipad forces me to not draw “cute.” That is, it forces me to concentrate on the gesture of a pose and avoid getting caught up in… Continue reading Ipad Gesture Drawing

The Plan

Here’s a plan for the typical three-hour quick sketch session: First half-hour—One- and three-minute poses. Follow the example of Michael Hampton’s Figure Drawing: Design and Invention, p. 38, and focus on the placement of landmarks.     Second half-hour—Five-minute poses. Start with the same landmarks, but add more volume and contour.        … Continue reading The Plan

Gesture and Structure

I guess you could say this 25-minute drawing from last night's open studio is neither a gesture or structure drawing. But it is the result of thinking a lot about these two aspects of figure drawing. I'm trying to use gesture to draw the whole connected figure instead of doing it part-by-part, and I'm trying… Continue reading Gesture and Structure

Constructive Figure Drawing

This 25-minute drawing was done with the specific intent of practicing figure construction. Since I love quick-sketching the figure, I look for any way to improve my technique (I'd also like to better understand why an artist draws the figure, but that's a whole other topic). One significant way to improve I've found, is to,… Continue reading Constructive Figure Drawing