Friday, August 31, 2012
These are some 3-minute studies, done with hard Nobel charcoal on 18 x 24" sheets of Canson Recycled Sketch paper.
I really enjoy these aerial/circus drawing sessions. They exercise all the skill set of life drawing, and at speed.
This fall I'm teaching a 12-week course in introductory life drawing on Saturday mornings at the Toronto School of Art beginning Sept. 22. I also teach a 12-week intermediate/advanced life drawing class at the TSA on Wednesday evenings. Class sizes are capped small, but there's still room room for students in each.
You can also learn more about the TSA here.
On the Monday, Jasmine was working at Diane McGrath's studio. She was working on `straps': thick, flat inelastic fabric bands with a loop open at their end, like a flat firehose sewn together. These are some 30-second and 1-minute poses she did.
All of these are done with hard compressed charcoal on 18 x 24" sheets of bond paper.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
This mix of random-length poses, which varied between 40 seconds and 2 minutes each rounded out the hard-working afternoon. Zia did a great job of taking over 80 varied and interesting poses - 87 in total.
The afternoon was a very solid workout for all. There's still one more of these, Saturday Sept 1st, from 1:30 - 4:30.
After a longer break, we continued with some 3-minute sequential and thematic/character poses.
After Zia did a sequence of a swing with pole, I asked her to do three very `gendered male' poses, which were very strong. Then three x 3-minutes heading to sleep, where I focused on heads.
After the three-minute poses came a couple of 5-minute ones, which generated the back study and portrait sketch. The other back study beside Zia's head is the first of some random-time studies following another break.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
There will be one more of the present cycle of 'Gesture Boot Camp' sessions on Saturday, Sept 1 from 1:30 - 4:30. It's at the Toronto School of Art, and only costs $10. Come try it out if you haven't already.
Gesture drawing is an important foundation of figure drawing, and it is part of both the Introductory figure drawing class I teach Saturday mornings in the fall, and the Intermediate figure drawing class I teach on Wednesday evenings. Both are at the Toronto School of Art