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Long post - 2nd class 5-12-2014

 2nd figure drawing class at the ASL – David’s (the model) long pose 

My 2nd evening of classes at the Art Student’s League was last night.  (Boy am I tired at work today!)  Once again the format was to sketch some quick 2 and 5 minute poses just to capture the gesture and shapes.  Some of these are below.  I didn’t get a chance to take photos of all quick sketches, but you get the idea.

thumbnails 5-12-2014

I was also given home work to do a “gray-scale” (below).   I was pretty happy with it although I thought I was using Payne’s Gray and in fact I was using Perylene Green.  I realized I was using the green after a short while.   I think it’s because W & N now have those tubes of watercolor paint that are silver and you can’t read what color it is.  I need to write an irate letter to W & N’s marketing department and ask WHAT WERE YOU THINKING????

Professional Watercolor Tube, 14 ml, Antwerp BlueWho can read this tube of paint?  (NO ONE, THAT’S WHO!)

gray scale homework 5-12-2014

Finally, for no reason at all, here’s a picture my brother took of a guy running in the park.   His t-shirt says:

  • 50
  • Fat
  • Diabetic
  • Ahead of you50 fat diabetic ahead of you

I may need this shirt.


seated figure - long post

I signed up for three watercolor figure drawing classes at the NYC Art Students League with Naomi Campbell (the artist, not the model). This was the first time I did figure drawing in at least 35 years.   (When I was around 3 years old.)

Naomi only wants you to work in one color, no drawing first, no outlining with the brush.   Just use a wash of color to capture the largest shapes first.  We did a number of 1 and 2 minute poses and then a few thumbnails of short poses.  Then a long pose.  The painting above was the long pose.  The ones below are the gestural sketches. Naomi told me I used too much paint, which made me laugh because usually I use too little.  But she was pleased with my early sketches, and thought the top one was ok too, but I had to lighten it up a lot.   Class again next Monday night.   Very sleepy at work on Tuesday.

gestural sketchesModel standing hold boxthumbnails seated figure

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