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LKS Advanced Course 2 Homework

LKS Advanced Course 2 Homework

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
  • 1 Sheet with several hand studies
  • 1 Sheet with several foot studies

 

First painting – First portrait – Pauline 4 JKPP

First painting – First portrait – Pauline 4 JKPP

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.

Pauline 4 JKPP
Pauline 4 JKPP

Pauline is an artist who lives in Ottawa, Canada. Here you can see her paintings.

LKS Advanced Course 2

LKS Advanced Course 2

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. 😉

 

Praying Hands

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.

Praying Hands
Praying Hands

 

Birch Parkway

Today I first worked on another drawing but then daylight disappeared before I was finished and I need to wait for tomorrow to finish it. So, I decided to draw this as my “replacement” painting for today – a birch parkway in Upper Austria near Wels. I took the photo last December on a very foggy day.

Birch Parkway
Birch Parkway

I did the painting with two different tones of sepia chalk but in the photo it looks nearly black.With this drawing I am 1/3 through the 30in30 Challenge of January 2014! Yeah! And tomorrow is my 100th post on this blog! Any suggestions on how we should celebrate that?