Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Todays life drawing

Here's todays life drawing work  (or not so life at the beginning):

First of all we started off doing a drawing which lasted 1 minute and then went round the class and added to others drawings until we reached back to ours. Mine wasn't too hard to work with but it seemed that one of the manichans had been doubled up but I did like the effect of it.

After this we turned our easels facing away from the manichans and draw from observation without looking at the display. This was really hard and strange and I didn't really like the outcome too much as I wish I had used different strokes of the charcoal.


Lastly we had 3 different people from class model for us in 20 minute sections.

First up was Johnny where i got tied up on drawing his face and ran out of time and also he doesn't have an afro I just run out of time before being able to shape his hair.

Secondly we did a drawing of Paul which unfortunately I did'nt get on to one page but overall I feel I am becoming much more confident with life drawing and figures.

And lastly we drew a 2nd year student. This pose I did find difficult to draw with the arms being behind the head so I had to draw the fingers which actually didn't turn out too bad. Even though we didn't draw a nude model I thought this was good practice in drawing clothes around models. 


  1. Anatomy: Interim Online Review 05/10/2010

    Hey Max,

    What your blog makes clear is that you’re working consistently and methodically, and working through the various tasks. It’s great to see your confidences grow with the pen and tablet – and with Maya. Those dice! But it will get easier – promise. I’m liking too the logical approach to the resolution of your hybrid as reflected in your most recent post. I’m urging students to remember that this is a self-portrait project, more so than a creature or character design gig; by this I mean that your likeness, your humanity needs to be depicted too; for a really nice example of this emphasis-in-development, check out Sam’s blog – you and he have some points of similarity, so it’s worth comparing notes.

    Bizarrely, I really like the foot images!

    A note of caution, Max – make sure you’re delivering what the brief is asking for: your film reviews are insightful, sincere, well-observed and nicely illustrated – BUT – you don’t fulfil the specific criteria: “Film reviews for the ‘Shapeshifters’ film programme. Please note – in addition to and support of your own critique, your reviews must include a minimum of 3 quotations from 3 different published reviews + poster art + supporting stills.”

  2. The reason you are asked to structure your reviews this way is that, when you approach your written assignments, you should do so as a lawyer; you always need evidence to support (or contradict) your views; without evidence, your views – however interesting – remain, in academic terms, unsubstantiated and ‘mere’ opinion. The sooner you get used to using quotes to bolster your arguments, the better; research and good technique is key to success in your academic writing; and you absolutely need to get good at it, because that 8,000 word dissertation in your final year will not write itself!

    No essay question posted, Max? Get something posted asap if you want me to give it a pre-submission MOT.

    A general reminder that, alongside everything else you need to have ready for crit day, you also need to submit an offline archive of your creative development blog. There is a way of exporting your blog as PDF via Blogger – which would be ideal for this purpose. Incase you missed the original post, Alan gives details here:

    And finally – now is the time to return to the brief; time and again, students fail to submit what they’ve been asked to produce – and how; usually because they haven’t looked properly at the brief, or haven’t done so since week one. Trust me on this; just take a few minutes with a highlighter pen to identify what is required, when, and how. Remember – non-submissions are dumb!