Sunday, July 19, 2009

Drawings of Statues

I went to Italy a year ago and it was amazing! Art everywhere. And lots of statues. Which meant random naked bodies to draw. This first drawing is a statue of Neptune in the Palazzo Bargello, the oldest Palazzo in Florence. The museum was sort of a side trip for me, but it yielded a huge collection of Donatello. In the lobby was this massive sculpture of Neptune, and sketching it allowed me to rest my feet for a few minutes. The pencil line didnt show up great in the scan so I've tweaked the color balance on this significantly.

The second drawing is a statue by Bandinelli that stands opposite Michelangelo's David on the steps of the Palazzo Vecch
io in the main piazza of Florence. The statue depicts Hercules defeating Cacus. It's kind of a funny statue in that Cacus seems more upset that Hercules has his junk right in his face rather that being clubbed.

Monday, July 6, 2009

In my day words didn't matter...we had FACES!!!!!

One of the best lines from Sunset Boulevard.  And I figured that if I lead in with a joke it will make the fact that I draw people when they aren't looking at me a little less creepy.  Yes, I'm the weird artist who sits in the corner and doesn't talk to anyone, but will turn crimson and look away when you make eye contact.   Sorry, just the way it is.  The rounded edges of the drawings are from my PM (pretentious Moleskine) 

This was a flight attendant when I went to Italy.  He was much bitchier than I drew him.

These two were cafe boys.  It's tricky to get proportioning/expression correct when you can't actually just stare at someone...and when they won't hold still.  So the boy above suffers from a small head (and weirdly elvish ears) and below needs his eyes to be spread a few centimeters wider.   

From Photos

Luckily the internet has lots of photos to reference if you don't happen to have a model handy.  These are a few drawings I've done from photos.   The benefit is that the photos don't move, and so you can draw them as long as you'd like.  The drawback is that you're essentially copying one image into another image, and so lose a lot of the life that a live model can convey.

old stuff

Okay, so about two years ago I moved from a place with a decent work/storage space to an apartment with almost none.  I stopped focusing so much on sculpture and moved to classical figure drawing, something that has always interested me, but that I had pursued only on the sidelines.  A friend generously loaned me his studio space and I hired models.  This is from the very first drawing session.  The model was 2 hours late, and not exactly 'as described'.  Anyway, here's the drawing.  

Technical Issues

So I just got a new computer.  Yay me.  But all of my imaging software - photoshop, etc. is on the old computer.  And we're having a few technical issues bringing them across. the meantime I have a few random images that will be uploaded, but they won't be anything spectacular.