Shapes shapes shapes!

Here are a couple sketches from tonight’s short pose session. I started out the night with nothing working at all. I was really struggling. Then I remembered a quote I had read in Richard Schmid’s book (sorry to keep bringing him up but I am currently reading his book): The procedure [direct painting] requires that…

Richard Schmid gives advice.

Today I am posting a quick copy of a painting by Richard Schmid (mine is obviously graphite). Richard gives some excellent advice in his book Alla Prima that applies to both painting and drawing. It really struck a chord with me. Every time you make a drawing or painting and it is not working you…

Technical fixes and a long pose

My computer is working for today.  It decides to co-operate every now and then.  I was able to make some technical fixes with the blog and get a new look… still have a lot to learn as far as blogging goes.  Just can’t seem to get it to appear the way I want.  Aw well,…

Short pose fun

Just a few 5 and 10 minute drawings from this weeks short pose session. Short poses are a lot of fun and quite difficult. I have been looking into the proko videos on YouTube for advice on gesture as well as the book called “Force”… Both are excellent resources for learning quick drawing. There is…

Something a bit different

Here is something a little different today. I spend a lot of time drawing with pencil in class so am really enjoying experimenting with different mediums in the after school drawing sessions. This one I used mostly super soft vine charcoal and a bit of a compressed (?) charcoal pencil. I spent most of the…

Out with the bad…

I like to think about artists as having a huge reservoir of drawing/paintings/songs/stories/etc inside each of us. This reservoir is finite though (birth to death) and contains a whole bunch of shit and a bit of pure genius. The more (crappy) art that we produce, the more likely something good will come out. Here are…