Saturday, December 31, 2011

Semester Wrap-up Part Two

It seems I'm bound to come out of each semester with one piece of schoolwork with which I'm especially happy (if one can identify a pattern based on only two semesters). This one makes me especially happy because I struggled through this class all semester without a lot of improvement, in my opinion. Never caught on to the technique, never adapted to the short poses, never did anything in class that I liked. I was glad to see that I could apply the things that I learned to a drawing done my own way.

This assigment: create a clothed character, take all your own reference shots, and draw it in graphite or Prismacolor (including a couple of specific types of folds, but I won't get into that). I know there's not much chance that anyone's going to want a finished character drawing in graphite, but I love me some pencil, so I took this one about as far as I could go with it. My teacher recommended I try painting it in the future, maybe watercolor, we'll see. Might be fun. Here it is:

graphite on layout bond, ~13 x 14"

Unfortunately it got a little banged up in transport to and from class, but we'll try to ignore that. My awesome friend Will modeled for me (thanks again!), and was very patient with my obsessive arranging of folds and indecisiveness with the pose. He didn't know ahead of time that I was going to turn him into a dog, that was inspired a little later by my friend and classmate Annie (thanks for the idea!)

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I've made a twitter account for art-related goodies, if anyone's interested. As I am cursed with a complete inability to think of creative names for things, it is @emilylikesart. Follow me! See photos and stuff! For those of you who know me in real life, I also have a personal account (@emilyras), which involves more nonsense and pictures of food.

That's all for now! Happy New Year, folks! Thanks for reading!

Semester Wrap-up Part One

Hoo boy, this post is overdue.

Finals from my second semester! One year down, I can't believe it. If I had an endless amount of money (and if they'd let me), I'd probably stay at this school forever trying to take all of the classes that interest me. Instead, I'm now feeling the crunch of having to pick and choose what I need to take most in the short amount of time I have left. Anyway, here's the wrap-up from Head Drawing:

A workshop drawing from the week before finals:

graphite on paper, ~14 x 16", ~2.5 hours. I think he fell asleep :)

For the last five weeks or so of the semester, we learned the very basics of oil painting. Of the five portraits I did, this is the only one I like enough to post here. Done on the last day of class, we only had the morning to paint, since we had to do critiques all afternoon.

oil on canvas, 8 x 8", ~2.5 hours

And lastly, the final: another self-portrait. I have my issues with it, but it went over surprisingly well in critique, so I was convinced to leave it alone and consider it finished. It's huuuge, so besides my dislike of drawing my own face (why do my features have to be so round?), drawing it nineteen and a half inches tall presented its own problems. Anyway, here it is:

graphite & conté on heavy cream-colored paper, 22 x 30"

I think it looks better close-up, but that's just me. I have trouble backing away from anything I draw, I always spend all my time with my nose to the paper.

Side note, does anyone know how to avoid camera distortion? You wouldn't think that taking pictures of flat, rectangular things would be so difficult.. anyway, if you have any tips, please do leave me a comment or email me at!