Graphite drawing of female profile
Quote for the day:
“The head is still yet above the eyes. That encourages me to make good use of it. My intestines below my heart and stomach interest me less. Clear thinking and seeing won’t spoil emotion; just gets them in the right place. Ratio is in…angst is out.” - Joseph Albers
Graphite drawing of female back
“I am inclined to think that no artist can be called an accomplished craftsman until all matters of technique are so well learnt that they are part of his subconscious equipment.” - Harold Speed, Drawing Lessons from the Great Masters
2-day drawing marathon at Manifest Drawing Center
Manifest is a creative research gallery and drawing center in Cincinnati. They offer excellent workshops and provide weekly life drawing sessions as well as a monthly life drawing marathon. Check out their exhibition schedule, publications, workshops and all they have to offer.
The following drawing is from one of the weekend marathon drawing sessions I attended. The beauty of this opportunity is that the model holds this pose for two days offering the artist a more in-depth study than typical group life drawing sessions.
For thinking out loud
If every moment spent in the studio is considered “precious” and rare, the product of each moment spent is then expected to be of excellence. That allows no time or space for improvisation. Improv is when real art happens: when skill and the freedom to get lost (and perhaps fail) meet and create.
This pose was a 30-minute, charcoal starting with the wipe-out method to quickly establish lights and darks.
Share your tips and tricks to get started in your studio. Sometimes simply getting started is the hardest part.