Leonardo Da Vinci Drapery – Take 2

I decided to redo this assignment not only to improve my grade for the first one I did, but I really did start seeing more this second time around. I re-submitted it to Sadie the other day and got some really positive feedback. This time around my block-in and structure was really strong and the quality of my work is starting to improve. I started seeing how all the different parts started connecting with each other and as my block-in was stronger this time around and my proportion well improved – the time I spent drawing was well worth. I was having issues early in the semester with having more control with using the charcoal, it is very challenging! First of all its messy, but also there is also a technique to using it. Very valuable lessons I learned this semester, and also the paper quality makes the charcoal stick so that it doesn’t rub or smudge off. This has been the hardest assignment for me to do this semester, very challenging but I emerged from it with a deeper understanding of how the parts relate to one another. Most importantly, embracing the process of doing and allowing it to unfold into something truly magnificent to look at. That was a big lesson I was learning all semester, all great work take time and patience to do… rather than rushing through and producing crappy work… I’m finally learning the virtue of patience in doing my work – but also being patient with myself. It’s a must if we want to improve as artists. I definitely will say I spent about 20 hours on this from last week till this tuesday working on this and it’s still not done! But that’s ok, I’m a little bit more motivated to finish this now that I’m off to a really good start, it actually for once is starting to become kinda fun! Lol.

Link to notes: http://www.sadievaleri.com/AAU-Chiaro/docs/AAU_Chairoscuro-SJV-09_03_drapery.pdf

After 20 hours of work… it’s starting to look a little more refined, but I think another 6-10 hours should finish this up!

After 12 hours of work… molding and shaping

After 3 hours of work… block-in and shading

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Final Still Life Drawing – Chiaroscuro

Our final for this class was to set up a still life at home and work from it for three weeks. I could only work on this at night because the light source had to be set up a certain way. Although I had put in a lot of hours already I still need to do a little bit more with darkening the background and the bottom of the table so that there’s a distinction between that and the foreground. Also the bottle still needs work and also I need to pick out more lights around the foreground… maybe I will work on this some more over break 🙂

We were to apply all of the techniques and concepts we had learned from class all semester, here’s a breakdown of the notes
Link: http://www.sadievaleri.com/AAU-Chiaro/docs/AAU_Chairoscuro-SJV-09_00_essentials.pdf

Second Phase – Background fill in and molding shapes

Block-In first phase of the drawing

Perfect Sphere – Chiaroscuro

It’s about time I got this right! After doing at least 6 of these that just were horrible in comparison to this final one, I finally earned an A-.
Link to notes: http://www.sadievaleri.com/AAU-Chiaro/docs/AAU_Chairoscuro-SJV-09_02_sphere.pdf
The challenge was to draw a 3 dimensional sphere by using the techniques in class that we learned this semester which by the way helped in our other drawings in regards to shaping and molding our work.

More in Class Exercises- Chiaroscuro

Using the Optical Approach to drawing… notes from Sadie’s class http://www.sadievaleri.com/AAU-Chiaro/docs/AAU_Chairoscuro-SJV-09_08_head01.pdf
I’m becoming even more intuitive with this approach and I absolutely start all my drawings this way now. I think it makes sense especially if you’re going to be working from a model in a long pose.

3 – 20 min sessions

20 mins

Chiaroscuro – In class excercises

I’m not really sure what week I did these in order exactly, but here are some of the in-class excercises we’ve been doing from a still life bust of all sorts. Some drapery work, optical method block-ins from a live model. I’ve learned so much from this class this semester, lots of different drawing approaches, lots of great constructive feedback from Sadie and really learning through the other students in class. I am truly proud of my progress and improvement… and really just learning to perceive things much more clearly.

This was from a live model, the approach to drawing is to first block-in with very light lines and to find the longest angles in relation to the other parts… all the different angles in the lines.

Then you look for the dark and light shadows and start to mold the drawing :_)

My favorite drawing this semester 🙂

Studying the perspective of the face, rib-cage, and hips… there is a natural flow and rhythm to the human body, and once you get the gesture correctly – it makes for a good drawing, because then it will look highly believable, rather than a figure suspended in air that looks fake I think.

Drapery studies…

Working on composition…

Chiaroscuro Week 10 – In class excercises

Here are some class exercises we did in class. They were 20 min block-ins from two live models. We practiced the technique or approach called “optical” and learned that this is one of the oldest techniques dating back centuries ago and also is referred to as the classical style. This “opticial” approach was devised from the 17th century French Atelier Academy. This was the way artists were taught and studied under a master for years, along with studying anatomy. Anyway, the whole concept of this technique which is done in strictly straight-line block-ins was to understand proportion in relation to all the parts and to also see how planes are tilted, and the direction it goes. It’s also quite important in finding the dark and lights in a drawing and to capturing the precise gesture (which are all elements in creating a good drawing). Anyway, my drawings may not look much and it was designed that way to practice this technique and to understand the proportions, it really does give the drawing much structure.