After the Advanced Course 2 we received again a list of homework to be done at home until the third Advanced Course. This time the goal was to practice what we had learned about drawing the human body and face. Several of these drawings I had done and posted in the context of the 30in30 Challenge in January 2015. Here they are again all together.
Liste of Homework Assignments
7 Portraits in pastels, coal, red chalk or pencil
3 Act studies in various techniques
1 Group of people
1 Expressive / abstracted painting of people in space and nature
1 Self-portrait with the help of a mirror in pencil, coal or red chalk
And here is my first painting for the 30in30 Challenge in January 2015 with Leslie Saeta – a portrait for JKPP. That’s a Flickr group to which I belong, where we portrait each other. JKPP stands for “Julia Kay’s Portrait Party” and you will hear this abbreviation more often during the coming weeks.
The fourth compulsory course of my art study at the Leonardo Kunstakademie Salzburg was all about drawing the human body, with a lot of act and portrait drawing.
Apart from the theoretical introduction we practiced by copying some old masters. This was the program of the first day. The second and third day we practiced act drawing from live models. The fourth and fifth day we focused on portrait drawing, first from live models and then each other.
Here are some example of this course work that hopefully won’t get me into trouble. 😉
It’s time again – Leslie Saeta is again calling artists to participate in another “30in30 Challenge” during September 2014. The idea is to challenge oneself to paint 30 paintings in 30 days. I have already participated three times (January 2013, September 2013, January 2014). It is always very motivating and encouraging to paint together with so many other artists and share what you painted with each other. This time there are already 800 artists from more than 20 countries who have signed up. The number of participants is growing every time.
The following collages are the paintings hat Leslie Saeta painted during the last challenges.
To participate or not?
I registered when I heard about it but since then had my doubts whether that was a good idea. The thoughts that went through my head:
Presently I am on vacation and I was not even sure whether I would have a decent internet connection (it seems to work at the moment).
During the last few months I painted a lot but posted very little. So there is a huge backlog of paintings that wait to be presented to you.
Recently I was very busy preparing for the next exhibition, and so I felt that I did not need to continue with this kind of stress during my vacation.
I will participate but …
Fortunately there are not fixed rules for the challenge. For most people the main goal is to paint more often. And so I decided to participate along the following guidelines:
I will most likely paint smaller paintings, that are not necessarily finished paintings but drafts for bigger paintings. Lately I have painted in larger sizes, mostly 20 x 27.5 inch and they need of course more time.
I want to post not only new ones but also those from the last few months. This means, my main goal is not to paint more often (as for most other participants) but to post more often and reduce the backlog.
Since the paintings for my next exhibition are ready, I can now paint just for fun, which is one of the main rules of Leslie anyway.
So, to this effect – let’s get started! I am curious myself, what and how much I will accomplish in September.
This is the last one for the “30 paintings in 30 days” Challenge with Leslie Saeta. Yeah!!!
As my last painting of this challenge I chose a picture of the Siamese cat that I had. Her name is Minka. She was nearly completely white when we got her. The darker areas only came later. A very beautiful cat and quite a character. And those blue eyes were unforgettable!
So, when I had already uploaded the drawing, I realized I had to add the blue of her eyes. Without it that’s just not her.
What a great way to finish the challenge! Congratulations to all my artist colleagues!
Just when the 30in30 Challenge is nearly finished, I could no longer keep up. 🙁 The last two days there was no time or energy for art, so here I am two days late, with my #29. A bat on the wall, based on one of my own photos.
Between the first and the second course were several months. However the list of homework kept us busy. In addition I participated in another “30in30 Challenge”, this time I chose to focus on drawings, not just the required homework. (These pieces are not included here.)
Since I was still lagging behind in the 30in30 challenge, I decided to do an easier portrait for Julia Kay Portrait Party as a second painting today. Sv@n’s picture caught my eye, and I had a lot of fun drawing him in a slight caricature style. I kept wondering how long he might have practiced to put all those furrows on his face. You can see the original photo here and his photostream here. He is a beekeeper in Southern France who loves to draw in his free time.
This still life consisting of pencils, also called Pencil Mikado, named after the well-known pick-up sticks game, is on my list of homework for the art academy. So, I decided to work on it today.
Again I had some unexpected challenges: Different and changing light sources provided an additional challenge – my desk is in front of a window and at first the daylight was stronger. Slowly it got less and the light from a lamp to the left side resulted in a stronger shadow than when I began. The pencils lay on a cloth that was not perfectly straight but I realized too late that because of it the shadows were crooked.
While looking through a website of old paintings, I got this crazy idea that one of Dürer’s drawings might be nice project. I chose the Praying Hands.
Maybe this was not such a good idea because I am sure he took more than one day to do one of these masterpieces but it was a good learning experience. Among other things because I forgot that most red chalks are greasy. I did the second layer with red chalk and then had problems putting the sepia chalk in top of it. It gives an interesting effect but I am sure there is a better way to do it. For example, I could have put red chalk where I want to have the highlights. Nevertheless, I quite like the overall impression even though it is a far cry from Dürer’s masterpiece.
Here is the same arrangement again – a still life with apples and a banana in a bowl, artistically arranged on a drapery. After doing it yesterday in graphite and today in coal, I did it a third time – this time with Copic Multiliner. Doing the shading with a multi- or fineline I found even more challenging than coal. But it was good practice!
Since I had just received a rose from a friend, I decided to draw it. The good thing is that it is a hite rose, which made it easier seeing the different shadows. Plus it bothered me less that I have to do it without color. 😉