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.

22 comments:

  1. HI. Candace, as always, fun to be here. Nice drawings. As a lover of drawing, I always enjoy good work.

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  2. Daniel, Thanks for your comment. Admirer of your work. Best regards.

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  3. Tina, I will always be a student of drawing, even though painting is the goal. It's all the same. Very best regards and TY for your visit.

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  4. All of these are extraordinarily good! Love all 3 but the girl is a real stand-out. Gorgeous!

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  5. Wow, it's great to be able to compare these with your older drawings. There really is a lot of improvement to be seen. I especially like the man wearing glasses.

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  6. they really tender . not just the tecnique , but the way you see the models .

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  7. Wish I could be there for such classes :) Your drawings are gorgeous! I like the be-spectacled man the most!
    Regards
    P.S. Thanks so much for encouraging me always with your lovely comments!

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  8. Very nice work. I also like the one of the man with the glasses especially.

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  9. These are great portrait drawings - very free, confident, having a lot of authority!
    But I wouldn’t dismiss your first head study from 2008 which I find has beautiful intensity and expressiveness

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  10. Hi Candace, nice work, thanks for your comments and support. I like your blog, its an immense source of information about the craft and love of drawing. I recommend it to all my students and friends.

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  11. Gwen, Your kind words are always welcome. This model was gorgeous in her own unique way, lots of good energy, which comes across. I never underestimate the value of a good model. Thanks for stopping by. Warm regards.

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  12. Kelly, Ramesh, and Tony, The drawing you single out is of Van, a favorite model at our school. He's a simple guy, a bit undernourished, smokes too much, but he has a great personality that really comes through. Hard to explain, but certain people just have that quality. Thanks for visiting.

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  13. Caio, You always pick up on the spiritual element. Thank you for that observation. It is important to me that something more compelling than a simple image is conveyed in a portrait. Best regards.

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  14. Cohen Labelle, Kind words, which I aspire to every time I pick up the charcoal. On the early portrait, my excitement with that first life drawing experience probably came through. It's like tasting chocolate for the first time. Something very special there. Best regards.

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  15. Muy buen trabajo, me ha gustado sobre todo el hombre de gafas, felicidades

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  16. Gracias, eflores. Los anteojos fueron una buena lección de sombras. Aprecio sus palabras buenas frecuentes. Saludos cordiales.

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  17. Edward, My comments are sincere, your work is exceptional. Thanks for your visit and recommendations. Best.

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  18. I admire the man with glasses the most here - beyond the features I also get a sense of him - something you did very well with your daughter's portrait.

    All my best for the new year.

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  19. Stunning, Candace! Masterful!
    Hope your break and holidays are great, and that 2010 brings all good things your way. Liz

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  20. Liz, Thanks for you comment and good wishes. I like this time of year because it usually includes some reflection on the old and new years. Lots of hope and excitement about the possibilities. All the best to you in 2010.

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  21. Candace!

    What striking portraits! I like them all!

    I particularly love the bangs from the female face.

    -Dean

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