Monday, February 9, 2009

Classes, classes, classes!!!

I started giving lessons again today (I work as an English teacher) and it's the one thing I love as much as creating. I get such a thrill of helping someone learn English and the great satisfaction they have when they learn a new language. To top the day off I took my first art lesson of the year in the afternoon, this year is all about drawing the human figure and faces; and as you can see from my poor ATC above I need BIG help when it comes to this. The ATC above is supposed to be my rendition of Luna Lovegood- I used watercolors, acryllic metallic paints, black ink, and white ink. This one is for Melanie over at AFA, she is one AWESOME artist, you can visit her blog here.
Back to my art classes, I have them scheduled fo
r Mondays 2-6 and it was a total surprise when I showed up today because it turns out we get to work with a live model. I have never tried human figure drawing before, not to mention with a live model! but it was a really nice experience. The first part of the class was spent by doing a series of exercises where she changed poses every 5 or 7 minutes...for the first ones I was freaking out a bit because of the time limit, but it turns out that when you are just trying to get the basic body shapes where they belong 5 minutes is a long time.
Here are the first poses, my personal favorite is the one where she is lying on her side -although she looks way chubby, I think I kind of over did the curves a bit.This one has a sketch of my teacher on the right - he was showing me the whole 8 heads of proportion rule.

This one is the last one of the session, she held the pose for 30 minutes, she was sort of slumped over a chair with her legs stretched out towards me -which was a whole load of trouble I might add- Oh, and let's not get into the whole hand/feet issue; it was my first class after all ; )
I'd love to hear some feedback from you, I'm WAY out of my comfort zone with this topic but I'm really interested in learning from this.

Now, for some awesome classes YOU can take on line! A group of extraordinary artists -Annie Melione, Dana Driscoll, Tracie Rozario and Sal Scheibe- are just getting ready to launch a Whimsy Art Workshop:
The workshop is designed to help artists who are seeking to improve their artistic skills or working to develop a unique style. The workshop is designed for the novice, so it’s not necessary that you know anything about drawing, color, or composition. We will cover all of the basics and some advanced techniques and then help you to find your own, unique style of whimsical art. Our approach to learning about drawing is light-hearted and fun and filled with exercises and inspiration to help you grow as an artist." Read more about it here.


MissKoolAid said...

Oh I remember the craziness of my first drawing class with a live model. Panicky, to say the least.

Your sketches are pretty good. Most of them look well proportioned. Can't really help you with the hands and feet part though as I still can't get those right!


Melissa M (Lagaz) said...

Hey Jenn! I like your sketches, and the one 5 min pose of her on her side is great! I love the curves.
You're so lucky to try the live models. I haven't found anything like that around here...yet. But I would still like to try, I still struggle with the human figure. I have off and on days...mostly off if you know what I mean lol!
I'm thinking of taking the online workshop that Tracie, Dana and Annie are giving. I have such a hard time trying to whimsy I get a brain block. But maybe this will help!
Talk to you later!

Anne said...

Hi, Jenn! Love your ATC card. Love your sketches even more! I'm so excited for you! The more you draw the human form from life, the more easy it will be to draw it the next time. And you'll learn about all the crazy shapes us humans can make. I think you did an excellent job! Keep it up! Have fun! :-)

Vhrsti said...

Mmm, this is really lovely blog.

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

I'm impressed. Beautiful pictures, I love the fabulous pieces.
Best wishes from germany, Anja

Holly said...

Lovely blog, and I nkow it's off toopic but the OWOH post is closed sooo... congrats! You won second prize in my OWOH draw! I have emailed you ^-^!

Holly xoxo

Estivalia said...

I think you did great for a first class! For drawing figures I like to start with some basic reference lines.

An oval for the face/head, then a curve line for the spine (that also marks the dynamic of the pose) and then lines for the shoulder and hips. I add stuff from there.

Something like this:

Good luck!

Deb said...

You are one brave soul Jenn. You did a wonderful job on your sketches. Keep going.


Anonymous said...

Wow! I'm impressed by those sketches. I would have never guessed that you had never drawn from a live model. You have a good eye for proportion.

Can't wait to get your card. I'm curious about how the metallic paints you mentioned look. I've never used them.


Jenn Klee said...

Thanks Mellanie; I've been a bad sort of student actually because I've missed the last 2 classes. I had to take Mom to a Drs' appointment two weeks ago and this week I was a bit low on funds, I hope I can go back soon though. said...

wish I was drawing..
maybe later..
love that you're working on it..
mona & the girls
will check out the
whinsy workshop..

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