Tuesday, October 27, 2009

From Memory

I got a little cocky and waited too long on this, I saw these people on the train two weeks ago now. Still a lot of the things I wanted to draw are there. Finally got around to drawing it this morning...

Thursday, October 22, 2009

My Sargent Knockoff -Helen Dunham

When first getting seriously back into oil painting about 6 or 7 years ago, I decided to start by diving in the deep end of the pool and "reverse engineer" a number of paintings by accomplished artists of the past. This, one of my favorite John Singer Sargent paintings of Helen Dunham, is probably the most successful. Done to scale from a meticulously studied drawing, it took me a looonng time to do. And the punchline of course is, I didn't miraculously turn into Sargent upon completing it. But I did learn a lot.
I still like this and it hangs in my house, but it needs to be restretched and given a nice frame...

Monday, October 12, 2009

From Memory

Finally back to life drawing after years. I've been painting from life, but drawing by itself is a completely different experience. Feels great to be shaking off the rust, and I'll be posting the best of the lot in the future. In the meantime, here's another exercise I've been engaging in. After having gone through the little gym visit of a life drawing class, I try to draw something I've seen and studied over the course of the evening from memory. It's an interesting exercise and I heartily recommend trying it. Also doing it in Photoshop is the ideal way of doing it, because you can hash out the details in what is a continuous redrawing process in pursuit of something not immediately clear to you-it has to be found. When you finish the drawing, and what you have really looks like what you had in your head, it's an eerie, satisfying experience.

Here are the first couple I've done: