I'm back from Spain!...well I've been back for a while. I got back two days after Christmas, but I have been recovering because of an illness I had and then I got busy with school, two jobs, and just life. Now, I'm starting to pick up my art businesses again. I made a lot of frames and was able to pass four classes in the Spring semester. So I've been doing a little here and there, but since I've quit my last job a week and a half ago, I'm going gung-ho on the art track again. I'm re-organizing all of my social media, started up my etsy shop again, bought some more art supplies, started some oil paintings, and I created this enchanting bad a$$ poster of the Provo temple...
Every Thursday night, Casey Childs holds a model session at his studio for artists to come and draw the model. This drawing took about four hours with graphite and chalk on Stonehenge paper. My drawing classes at UVU have helped me become way faster in my decision making. I remember how bad one of my drawings was last time I went to a model session for four hours and it was terrible because I was so slow.
I've been working on this guy in my spare time (of which I have none) with charcoal on Stonehenge paper which I've never done before. I've always used paper like Canson or others that are more specific for charcoal, but the Stonehenge which I use for Graphite, has been working pretty well. I had to rush the features in the hair and face to turn it into my class last semester, but I'd like to make them feel more substantial and smooth. My favorite part of a drawing is making the final lines that follow the form to define where all the muscles, bones, tendons, fat, etc. is to make it feel alive and not so static. Raphael Leonardo and Harold Speed, to name a few, were so good at making lines full of substance and energy. I don't like drawings that are perfectly accurate or realistic, I like drawings that can describe so much with very little work. Some artists make it look so easy!
This was a quick study done last year that took two hours. I plan to do a lot more landscapes and still life studies this summer.