19 December 2009
Head Drawings - Fall 2009
Here is a sample of head drawings from the fall term at Watts, which ended today. Let me preface by saying these are my drawings, combined with critical improvements by the instructor, Meadow Gist. Meadow's changes always make the images sing a little more (sometimes a lot more).
This is my 4th head drawing class, which means I've drawn around 35 heads. I figure I need at least 4 more classes. I see improvement here, compared to my head drawings from early 2009 . Going back further...take a look at my first head drawing from the model, shown below, drawn in January 2008. That first life drawing was really exciting, but the result was flat and lifeless. It's okay, I can admit it. Comparisons like these encourage and remind me, and hopefully other students, that skillful drawing is a thing of value, partly because it takes so much time, effort, and persistence to acquire.
All drawings took approximately 2 hours, from life, using a Conte Pierre Noir 1710B charcoal pencil on 24 x 18 smooth newsprint.