The following 3 paintings are master studies of Tom Brown. I'm taking his class in Irvine right now.
This is an original done on site at San Juaquin Wild Sanctuary. Great place.
|I think a lot of times when we are figure drawing - we take the model at face value and draw what we think and project our assumptions of who the model is. Last saturday at Courbet Art Circle, we had the honor of having the gorgeous Krystal Pistol model for us. At first glance, you see her bright red hair, her dayglow green tube top, and the blanket of tattoos that enveloped her body. However, after talking to her - what you realize is that she is a hard working single mother of 3 kids who was up since 5am this morning. During the 5 hour figure drawing session, you could see that she was really tired, struggling just to stay awake.|
For those of my friends who were at Northwood, Art Center, Carnegie Mellon - you know what it's like to be working with only a couple hours of sleep. Everything aches and everything hurts. This was the feeling I was trying to express in this drawing.
I'm sure you can relate.
|Some plein air painting. I don't think it turned out that good - but the teacher seemed to think it was really great. That honestly really troubles me. I'll be doing a lot more of these guys and hope to see some improvement.|
|Painting of a friend - photo was taken couple months back when it was sunny. Now it's getting cold...|
|Series Painting - Noon|
|Night and cloudy morning|
|finished "busty anime girl." study of alien 1452|
|Drawings from Dr. Sketchy's (facebook photos)|
|Drawing at Disneyland|
|Ron Demoing in my sketchbook|
|Notes and Diagrams that he used to explain his concepts. |
Ron's color theory is really really good. I thought I already knew a lot about color, but after this class - I realize I know nothing.
Did you know the order you mix your color matter? There is an order of operations for mixing color... just like math.
In addition, Ron's knowledge extended to the chemicals and minerals used in the paints and how they interacted with each other.
|Ron's Gouache Demo. I feel like Ron really wants you to learn. The class was primarily taught in oil. However, I would show Ron gouache paintings that I do on my own time for feedback. Ron decided he wanted to teach me a lesson about using that medium, and told me he would do a gouache demo for me the following week. And, he did.|
|Photo of the model.|
|Nathan Fowkes demo at the LAAFA Booth at Comic Con|
|Any activity and detail should work with the simple shape instead of against it. When drawing any detail on the head, he made sure that it accentuated the statement that the head is a sphere.|
|For example, the hair of the model had a lot of detail and strands. In the drawing, he simplified the highlights and the strands. There are many things he left out. Now, take a look at the red cloth the model was wearing. It looks different in the drawing. Nathan purposely simplified the folds and changed them so it would read better in the drawing. If the detail does not emphasize the simple statement of the drawing, you should either leave it out or change it.|
|Notes for Head Drawing workshop at LAAFA|
|Nathan wouldn't be afraid to leave things out or sacrifice detail for the greater effect of the drawing. See the turquoise bun that the model has under his head in the photograph? It was completely left out of the drawing. He studied the model and explained that if he were to draw that in, it wouldn't really read. In the short time that he had, he decided it wouldn't be effective to try to draw that.|
|I wanted to do an exercise to practice my digital painting. It's crap. I realize that I can't really control my lines and create the shapes I wanted to.|
|This is another portrait exercise to practice my digital sketching fluency. It's a little bit better, but still pretty bad.|
|I wanted an exercise to just practice my ability to accurately make lines and shapes. I decided to draw the alphabet in 3D. I made this typeface up in my head so it's pretty crummy. Regardless, I think it's a pretty good exercise. I felt like this was my first successful digital sketch. Before, I used to always sketch on paper and scan it in. But I want to have the choice to sketch digitally if I want to.|
|This typeface is Helvetica Bold. I did the same thing except I had the letters all facing the opposite direction. As you can see, it's much better than my first try. It's a lot of controlled and a lot cleaner. I'll try another digital still life tomorrow and see if it's any better.|