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. 😉
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.
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.
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?
I am slowly catching up. Here is my no 9 – the Dark Hedges in Northern Ireland. I found them on Pinterest and was immediately fascinated. I love trees and parkway alleys anyway. Too bad that I did not see them myself when I was there in 2011. I drew them with red and sepia chalk.
My apologies but there is not much from our art course suitable for posting here. So, for today I can show you some landscape sketches and some still life drawings. Hopefully there will be more worthwhile drawings tomorrow.