Great model at today's life drawing workshop if you're into drawing muscles. His body is so well sculpted and he's got muscles showing where you normally wouldn't see muscles. The drawing above was done on toned paper with black, white and sanguine charcoal pencils.
In celebration of National Oceans Month an exhibit was held at the Honolulu Hale Courtyard from May 24 - June 15, 2018. The name of this exhibit is Ka 'ike o ka Moana: The Knowledge of the Ocean. Our Sunday figure drawing group at Manoa, was invited to participate with ocean related artworks. Others involved were the Hawaii Watercolor Society, Waikiki Aquarium, NOAA and the Mayor's Office of Culture & the Arts.
I submitted an oil painting of a mahimahi (dolphinfish).
At today’s life drawing workshop I came to the realization that I need to wear my eyeglasses when drawing. I didn’t want it to have to come to that but I found myself straining to see the marks I was making on the paper. I guess I have to accept the fact that I’m getting old and my eyesight is not like what it used to be.
But other than that it was a good drawing session. The model had many interesting muscle definition and character that could make a drawing interesting.
Below is my drawing of the day. It was a 20 minute pose but I found the next pose uninteresting so I skipped that and continued working on this drawing for another 20 minutes.
I used graphite pencils (mechanical and wooden) including white highlights on tone paper.
I reworked this painting of Atlas Holding Up The Heavens and I'm very happy with how it turned.
Today's model is one of my favorites to draw. He's not muscular but he's large boned with angular, well defined surface areas. You don't have that smooth roundness that you see in a lot of female models so he has more interesting surface areas to work with.
Below are two, twenty minute drawings in the aux deux crayons (two chalks) style.
Not a cloud in the sky today. After a few weeks of rainy weather and vog we get the perfect sunny weather this weekend. It was also a nice day to do some life drawing from a live model.
Below is a 10 minute charcoal drawing.
Below are two 20 minute aux deux crayons drawings.
Football season is over and now maybe I can start going regularly to the Sunday life drawing workshop.
Today's model was just fine. She was tall, lithe, athletic looking. The attendance was great, too, maybe about 35. The model even came by and took pictures of my drawings during one of the breaks.
Everything was just great, except that drive home when there was almost a massive pile up when everyone suddenly slowed down, some coming to a screeching halt, because some road crew was removing debris by the side of the road and closed off one lane.
So anyway, I was pretty happy with today's results.
Nice sunny day today in Hawaii. Took the long drive to the Sunday life drawing workshop and I'm glad it was a day that I could make it there. We had a beautiful model and she provided some opportunities for me to draw her portrait.
I think I kind of had it going with the three color chalk drawing. Some days I just can't seem to put those three colors (black, white, and red) together but I think I did ok today.
Below are three 20 minute drawings from the Sunday life drawing workshop.
Twenty-minute three color drawing on toned paper from today's life drawing workshop. He was probably modeling for the first time because his poses weren't that dynamic, especially in the warm up poses, but he held them very well in the long poses. He had a very interesting face, though, and I felt I could get a good drawing from him.
This is a theme I tried to painting several times before in a realistic manner but I was never happy with the results and would destroy or paint over the paintings. I think this style I painted it in gave me the result I wanted.
Below is a preliminary ballpoint pen sketch I did for the painting.
This was an idea I had for a long time that came from a dream I had. The manner I painted it has a bit of influence from Cubism, although, it's far from it. I recently got interested in Cubism but at the time of the painting I didn't know much about the principles of cubism. I did find a book later called Cubism by Edward F. Fry that gave me a better understanding of whatPicasso, Braque and the other Cubists were trying to achieve.
I'm pretty happy with how this painting turned out and will try a few more paintings in this manner.
Below is one of the early sketches I did for the painting.
I got into archery about two years ago thanks to my daughter who took it up while she was an exchange student at the University of Tokyo. Thanks to this new interest I was able to come up with a new idea for a painting. It took a lot of preliminary sketches before I came up with the final image. Below is one of the ballpoint pen sketches from my sketchbook.
Originally, I was going to use a mango as the hanging fruit, as you can see from the sketch. Then came up with the golden apple, a symbol of knowledge and immortality, which is what the archer is aiming for.
Very good model today. Did a couple portrait drawings and I thought the profile drawing came out the best.
Below is a 20 minute three-color chalk drawing on tone paper and the warmup ink wash.
Great model today. Workshop was very crowded, maybe with the addition of some college art students. Overall, it was a good day for drawing.
Below are samples of some of my 2-minute warm-up ink and wash sketch.
I like drawing models with a full head of hair, or at least some hair because I think it plays a big part in the appearance of the person. So when I saw who our model was today I was a little disappointed. But I've drawn him before and I believe I did a pretty good job depicting him then, and I think I did a good job today, too. It always surprises me what I can get out of him.
This was a 20-minute charcoal drawing.
Today's drawings from the Sunday life drawing workshop.
I brought two new friends and fellow artists to our Sunday drawing workshop. Although, they've heard about it they've never attended it till today. They thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and it seemed like a good day all around.
Below are 20 minute drawings done in black and white charcoal on toned paper.
The lighting on our model was exceptionally good today. The shadows and highlights were very interesting.
Below are two 20-minute drawings done with black and white charcoal on toned paper.
I thought I had a pretty good day of drawing. We had a male model who had a kind of distinctive face so it made it easier and interesting to draw. A lot of people showed up so it seems people are returning.
Below are black and white charcoal drawings done on toned paper. The pose time was 20 minutes each
After missing the last two Sundays of the life drawing workshop I finally had a free day. But I've also been trying to make a point of doing archery at least once a month and I haven't done it yet. So I had to decide between archery or drawing.
Drawing won and I decided to do archery the next weekend. Hopefully, we're clear next weekend of any hurricanes that might impact us folks in Hawaii.
We've had a very busy hurricane season this year. Much more so than I can ever remember. We've had about 2 or 3 scares already. One had just passed our state several days ago and another two are heading our way. The first one is scheduled to arrive around the middle of the week. For now it looks like it might pass to the north of us.
Back to life drawing. Below are 20-minute drawings done in black and white charcoal on tone paper.