Tag: Figurative

Part 5: Sketchbook 4 – A three level sensational experience of the human body

As by my learnings from sketchbook series #3 n facial structures (see Schaffeld, 30 Nov 2015) as well as based on my on site drawings (Schaffeld, 14 Nov 2015), I wanted to study more the ‘landscape’ of the human body. Especially the face in relation to a sensational experience. I have the feeling that my project is moving towards a better understanding of the…

Life Drawing: Sketches and studies 11/26/15 (selection)

Today drawing with acryl and gouache – a painterly approach

Burlesque – some inspiration from Toulouse Lautrec

… and considering my personal project for part5: ambiguity and disguise, playing with positive and negative space, focusing on contrast.
… with limited color palette, quite a relief not to think too much about color matches.

Our instructor (Michael Streun) gave us some notes, guide to consider. I’ve found them spot on related to my personal project.

Goal: Try to be non analytical and spontaneous. It is most successful when you do not want make beautiful and good pictures.

Dissolution of form – paint / draw fuzzy, vague

Statement:

  • sharp painted edges are an assertion (that you constantly need to prove, one is in need of proof of correctness – proportions etc.) 
  • paint out of focus is a question. One has nothing to prove. 

I paint what I know sharp. What I don’t know (want to know, can) I paint out of focus, fuzzy. May be both in the same picture. One of the most emotional, most meaningful contrasts can be sharp – focus, especially in figurative art. 


 

Overall this session did make me think more about drawing with wet media and brushes, looser approach. How can or should I incorporate dry media? Fuse dry and wet together (as done previously with white gouache)? How to push further the ideas?

 

Part 5: Sketchbook 2 – simplified markings – figurative outdoor

I continued with trying a few sketches in graphite, ink (for his ease of use on the road) and gouache for overlay. My goal: to find the most important edges for form and atmosphere.   Learnings: A combination of line and tone is an appropriate way to depict form and atmosphere (washes) Use of gouache helps to ‘hide’ forms and to merge…

Part 4 – Assignment 4 – Portrait in line and tone

 Self- portrait combining line and tone (Charcoal, Conté crayon, rubber – A1) Now this study should be ambitious and experimental, I assume more than the other two. Well I took this up as my own challenge, also to see how much I can overcome my hurdles with scale, colour, and getting my sketchbook free appeal into this drawing. I decided for…

Part 4 – Assignment 4 – Reclining figure study using tone

Reclining figure study using tone (Pastel ground, acrylic paint, Conté crayon) I continued with my model, now finding a reclining pose. Reclining means: to ​lean or ​lie back with the ​upper ​part of ​your ​body in a ​nearly ​horizontal ​position. (Cambridge Dictionary Online – see here). After the sitting pose my model felt tired and therefore chose this pose. So…

Part 4 – Assignment 4 – Seated figure study using line

Seated figure using line (charcoal, Conté crayon, graphite, rubber – A1) For this and the following study I worked with my model in her comfortable environment. I asked her to make herself comfortable and to chose poses that would help her to do so. She went onto her yoga mat and for the sitting pose placed herself on the small…

Reflection and notes on part 4 – The figure

Revisiting my learnings in preparation for assignment 4 Over the time I worked on part 4 I felt that I took personally a big step forward. Did I learn in previous parts about media and how I could get used to them as well as about basic tools, this part I learned more about my own drawing approach. I think limiting…

Project Six – Exercise 2: Portrait from memory or the imagination

Before starting this exercise I was wondering how I will tackle it. Than during a tram ride I’ve seen en elderly woman with her daughter?/her caretaker? getting on the tram at one station. The woman seemed very fragile, moving in slow steps and need to hold on a handrail at the door. One the one hand I was wondering how…

Project Six – Reasearch point: Self Portraits

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606 – 1669) Rembrandt did some quite some self portraits over the his artist life, starting at age 23 to his oldest as age 63. All of them are nearly the same angle. The earlier one still in his painting style of light and shadow with a single light source. One can really follow hie life, the turbulences. However it could be critical to interpret too much into…

Project Six – Exercise 2: Your own face

For this exercise I placed myself in front of the bathroom mirror and trying to find interesting poses that I still can manage to observe and draw. To warm up I did a few 5 min sketches in different media and approaches. Face #1 For the first self face drawing I was wondering which media and format to use. My…

Project Five – Exercise 2: Groups of figures

‘People watching’ is a good way to understand human movement and interaction. So I went with my sketchbook on the road (train stations) and in the city (event). As this exercise is about moving figures and as I struggled in the last exercise with the depiction  of movement, I told myself to sketch more on the spot, embracing the movement as…

Project Five – Exercise 1: Single moving figure

Some sketches from daily observations How well have you managed to create the sense of a moving figure rather than a static pose? => I found this exercise quite difficult and challenging. Perhaps because the figure was moving so fast that I had not much more than a few seconds to depict. Perhaps I focused too much on the figure as…

Project 4 – Exercise 2: Three figure drawings

For this exercise I spent some time with my sketchbook on 2 min poses with different viewpoints and poses. I was looking for some interesting poses and viewpoints that could give the drawing a certain appeal. Either through a potential narrative, interesting diagonals, or by expression of a certain mood and atmosphere. After doing this preliminary exercises that took quite some…

Project 4 – Exercise 1: Structure of the human body

Loosely sketch some of the structures that make up the human body and to create studies of the individual parts that make up my own body. Learnings: It was quite a discovery journey along the body. Quite fascinating to move along the planes and the twists. Alongside my sketchbook studies (see notes) it helped me to have a better understanding about shapes,…

Project 4: Structure of the human body – Sketchbook studies

Reference: ‘Drawing the foot‘ (2015) DRAWING, Vol. 12, Issue 45, New York: F+W Media, Inc. ‘Drawing the hand‘ (2015) Spring 2015, Vol. 12, Issue 44, New York: F+W Media, Inc. ‘Figure Drawing Fundamentals – Landmarks of the human body‘ (2014) Available from: http://www.proko.com 

Visual research: Michael Borremans (b.1963) – usage of limited colour palette

Another contempory artist my tutor suggested me to look at is the Belgium artist and film maker Michaël Borremans (b.1963) as he is using quite a limited colour palette. As observed during my last assignment I tended to use too much pure and bright colours. I experienced that drawings with a reduced number of colours do not restrict me in my approach or markings.…

Visual research: Frank Auerbach (b.1931) – a physical approach in charcoal & Exhibition

Frank Auerbach (b. 1931) is a London based contemporary figurative artist. Besides Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, and a few others he is considered as one of the London school painters. However, Auerbach himself never considered himself as part of a style or movement. For his figurative works, mostly portraits, he works at times over decades with the same models/sitters who were…

Project Two – Research point: Foreshortening

Foreshortening = ‘The correct depiction in perspective of a single figure or object or part thereof in relation to its distance from the eye of the viewer. Foreshortening has been discussed in treatises and taught in art schools since the Renaissance.‘ Oxford Art Online [Accessed 26 July 2015] Me in the mirror (different media): I tried several poses to get…

Exhibition: Egon Schiele and Jenny Saville in Kunsthaus Zurich

Exhibition on show till 25 Jan 2015:  Kunsthaus Zurich An incredible overview of works related to paintings and drawings of body and flesh, with a century between two artists. Around 100 works (drawings and oil paintings) are on show. Works of Egon Schiele and Jenny Saville were hanged not to contrast each other or to give the perception of an historical context, but rather…

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