We had wonderful models on Monday evening life drawing these past two weeks. Last week, the male model posed in different positions for 25 minute sets and here is my best out of the group of pencil drawings from the evening.
The next week we had a female model posing for portrait night. This is where we have the same pose for all three hours. The model takes a break after 25 minutes and then comes back to the same position again after the break, throughout the 3 hour session. Here is the best portrait rendered in charcoal, from a group of three drawings for the night.
It is amazing how challenging it is to draw the human figure. A slight change in angle or lighting makes the drawing totally different. I dearly love the time spent at Terry Lee’s studio in Coeur d’Alene ID. Talking with the other artists and seeing everyone’s work is a true inspiration. We have artists working in watercolor, oils, pencil, and acrylics. There is a collection of some real talented local artists. Sometimes, I feel like I have just finished doing a 5 mile run after three hours of intense drawing, but it improves my drawing every time.
tomorrow morning, Friday: starting at 9am till ?6 or 7pm
Saturday: Starting at 9am-till ?3 or 4pm
There will be five original chalk portraits of Jesus starting at $20 each (you can always donate more).
I practice with chalk and black paper doing the highlights so I don’t get too used to seeing only the dark shadows which is what I spend the majority of my time illustrating with for books and b&w drawings. Highlights vs Shadows… try it and see how opposite it is for your brain.
Have you ever noticed that the face of Jesus throughout history has been totally affected by the looks of the people in the society that the painter lives in. If you think about it, this is only right because we have never really seen His face. There were no portraits painted of him during his travels, no photographs taken of him while he was on this earth. We have no selfies of Jesus so… We draw and paint Him from feelings in our heart and soul as a God/man coming to save us using the male faces in our experience.
In Northern Europe Jesus tends to have a very Caucasian slender face with light hair (straight or a little wavy). Moving South He morphs into curlier darker hair and skin. Going into Paul’s region of travel He becomes more like the people in Turkey or Arabia with a dark slender face and more prominent nose. In Africa many times He is painted as a black man. The most amazing thing about the portraits of Jesus in the art galleries is the universal sense of “awe” that is incorporated into most renditions. You can tell the artist is trying to relay a very important feeling.
Opposite drawing is a great way to exercise the artist mind. Recording the highlights on a dark surface, instead of looking for the shadows and putting them down on white paper.
Last Sunday with the kids, we produced pictures of Jesus laughing.
I got to keep those gears in the mind well-greased to have creativity remain alive and drawing skills improving. Changing what I am looking at, to see the shapes of, and put down, really does a “switch-a-roo” on the mind! It makes the journey through the mind go on nerves not used very often which builds new bridges for my brain to walk on. Synapses!
I will work with kids in art at our church every 2nd or 3rd Sunday through the summer… Check us out at svmchurch.org