Archive for January, 2007

School starts!

Well, I am officially a graduate student. Classes started yesterday and I’ve jumped right in. I am taking a figure studio, which is an introduction to traditional gigure drawing techniques; a course on chiarscuro, where we learn about rendering form using light and dark; and a liberal arts class about how classical philosophy influenced the Renaissance. For the liberal arts class, I had to write a couple of answers to some fairly simple questions last night, a feat which drove home just how long it has been since I’ve been in school and how much my mind has overgrown with ivy and cobwebs. On the other hand, I breezed through the reading and got a 100% on the quiz.B

Both the figure studio and the chiarscuro classes have some overlap. In both of them, my first assignment is to draw ellipses. I am terrible at drawing ellipses, but I think the instruction will be helpful. I remember at ACA turning in a project and getting yelled at for having sloppy ellipses, but they never taught us how to draw them!

In hindsight, it seems apparent that at ACA we were expected to learn technique on our own time. Looking back, my time there seems a terrible waste of time and money. I really, really wish that I had been just slightly more mature and adventuresome when I was young.  I knew there were schools out there teaching what I wanted to learn, but they were in faraway places and they cost money. I really should have taken out student loans and gone to the school I wanted to. It’s too late now, but it’s not too late to make up for all I didn’t learn.


Today’s head drawing

I did this drawing today using the materials and techniques that I will have to use in my chiarscuro course, which starts a week from today (w00000000t!). It’s soft vine charcoal and General charcoal pencil on Strathmore 500 series charcoal paper. This drawing took approximately an hour and 45 minutes. It’s hard to tell for sure.



I spent about an hour and a half on this today, in between working on a logo design for a friend and other mundanities. It’s charcoal on Canson paper.



Yeah, the holidays were nuts. I did plenty of drawing, but none of it was worth saving. I finally made it back to open studio today. Even though I had to leave an hour and a half early, I was pretty happy with the quick drawing (about an hour) that I walked away with. I used the materials that I will have to use for my classes which start in a few weeks, and I am glad I did, because I’ve never used charcoal in the way that AAU is going to want me to. I’ll be doing more warmups and work with these materials between now and then so I can truly hit the ground running.


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