They Look Maavelous!, Continued

Larry Cohen
Conte Crayon on Paper
12×9″

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Larry is something of an ‘over-achiever’. There will be more self-portraits from him in the next few days. I think, in the long run, production and repetition can be the best teachers. It’s a practice and a patience game.

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March 31, 2010

They Look Maavelous!, Continued

Jennifer Marsh
Graphite on Paper
9×12″

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Here is another student self-portrait. Nicely done.


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March 30, 2010

They Look Maavelous!, Continued

E. N. Gonzalez
Graphite on Paper
24×18″

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This an ambitious self-portrait as it is a full length image. He is a very careful in his technique and a very close observer of detail. There are a few proportion problems but this is a fine drawing at the beginner level.


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March 29, 2010

Beautiful

A Willowy Young Woman
Oil on Panel, 20×16″
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This young woman had us all kvelling! That means something like beaming with joy. She was so gorgeous we couldn’t get over it. Her hair was stunningly interesting to paint. Every position she took during breaks was paintable. You see, I’m still kvelling.

I don’t know if I will be augmenting this painting with other imagery or not. I don’t know if I can over-paint any part of her image. She’s too beautiful.


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March 27, 2010

They Look Maavelous!, Continued

Jeremy Foy
Prismacolor on Paper, 24×18″

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This is another self-portrait by one of my beginning life drawing students. It’s the concept that works well here. He is acknowledging the mirror and reproducing his own drawing twice. Look very closely and you can see a little joke he has included in one of them.

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March 27, 2010

They Look Maavelous!

Ramona Dahlen
Graphite on Paper, 9×12″

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The next few posts will consist of my life drawing students’ self-portraits. Since teaching has been taking so much of my attention, I have decided to share their work with my blogging audience.

Most of these students are classified as beginners. However you will see that some are much more experienced than others. Ramona has been drawing for one semester. This is quite accomplished considering that fact.

If you are in the Chicago area, I will be teaching watercolor painting in my studio this summer. If you want to join the group, send me an e-mail. A fun time will be had by all!


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March 26, 2010

Mid Tones

Leanna on Gray
Conte Crayon, White Chalk on Gray Paper
18×12″

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This is a fairly quick drawing done in about 40 minutes. It’s part of the ‘No Hovering’ series. It takes a little more thinking time to work against the middle-tone gray of the paper. There are three tones of conte crayon plus the white chalk so one must consider what tone will take what role in creating the drawing. The fine changes in tone come by hatching or massing lines of one tone over another. The white comes last and is not smudged into the other tones except in rare instances. I like to reserve the white for the brightest highlights. But I might change my mind on that if I do more of these.

I have not done very many of these drawings on gray paper because I use watercolor as my study medium rather than dry drawing materials. But I am becoming intrigued with it and it does keep me out of my students’ hair.


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March 14, 2010

Goalie, Again Drawn at the Game

Goalie
Graphite on Paper
8.5×5.5″

 

 

This is another drawing done at a Wolves hockey game. Once again, the other guys move too fast, so, I focus on the goalie or the fans. Sometime there’s a good show in the audience. People watching is one of my past times. When the game is between periods, I draw the spectators.


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March 12, 2010

No Hovering, Continued

After Velasquez
Graphite on Paper
5.5×8.5″

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This is a pose very similar to a famous Velasquez located in London. It depicts a similarly reclining figure with a puto holding a small mirror as a stereotypical vanity pose. You know, the equation of vanity with woman. I love it. Women are pressured to be beautiful or hot in today’s parlance and then they are ridiculed for worrying about their appearances. It’s a no win. If you could only see and hear my raspberries!


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March 11, 2010

No Hovering

Seated Woman
Graphite on Paper
8.5×5.5″

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This is another prevent-me-from-hovering drawing of the same model. She is a wonderful model. We were all very happy to see her this morning. I have always maintained that a good model is a collaborator in the artwork. It’s the je ne c’est quoi.


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March 11, 2010