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billcunningham
03-15-2006, 02:49 AM
If there is anyone from the Los Angeles area who is interested in participating in a very informal figure study sketch group, please feel free to contact me. You can reach me in this thread, through a CGTalk private message, or my normal email which is:

bill_cunningham (at) hotmail (dotcom)
(replace the parenthetical bits, you know the drill)

This is something I started up last month, partly inspired by work on this Anatomy and Figurative Art Forum, and partly by the Subway Sketch Groups elsewhere on these boards. I thought, why not get a few people together, split the cost of a model, and just draw.

Right now there are 4 of us, but we're looking for more. We meet every first and third Saturday each month, so this coming Saturday, the 18th of March, is our next meeting. It's a 3 hour session starting at Noon until 3:00 PM. We meet at my place, which is an apartment downtown. There are no fees or anything, we just all split the model's fee, which is $60.00 for the afternoon. We're looking to grow the group to about 6 or 7 people, to get the split down to $10 each.

It's an easygoing, friendly group. I was thinking if I could interest a couple of people from the boards here, we could start posting our exercises here in this thread.

To kick it off, here are a couple of recent sketches from me:

We generally begin the session with quick gestural sketches... no more than a minute or so, to loosen up and get a sense of flowing lines:
http://static.flickr.com/41/112683297_fd71d190ca_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bill_cunningham/112683297/)


Then we move on to longer and longer poses, generally ending with three or so 20 minute sittings (the following are all 20 mins.):

http://static.flickr.com/43/112683296_45713acda4_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bill_cunningham/112683296/)


http://static.flickr.com/50/112683295_cb92f02bfa_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bill_cunningham/112683295/)

http://static.flickr.com/40/112683294_06a2158300_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bill_cunningham/112683294/)http://static.flickr.com/36/112683293_a998032c49_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bill_cunningham/112683293/)

If you're interested in seeing more of my figure work, there's some more in this thread:

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showpost.php?p=3322327&postcount=319 (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showpost.php?p=3322327&postcount=319)
(That's a single post link, but the post is actually at the end of the "Show us your best" sketchbook thread.)

I welcome any comments or criticisms you might have, and if you are in Los Angeles, and would like to draw with us this weekend, just let me know.

Thanks!

Rebeccak
03-15-2006, 03:11 AM
Awesome, good luck with this! You ought to advertise this on the General Discussion area also. :)

Cheers,

~Rebeccak

Rebeccak
03-15-2006, 04:45 AM
Oh, and not to encourage spam :D but here might be a good place as well to post your announcmenent:

http://forums.cgsociety.org/forumdisplay.php?f=166

The turnover rate of threads in Gen Discussion is really high, so you're more likely to get more response from the Art Theories and Techniques forum. :)

Cheers,

~Rebeccak

billcunningham
03-15-2006, 05:57 AM
Thanks Rebecca, I wnt ahead and posted in the General Discussion thread, but I'm going to hold off doing another post in Art Theories until at least tomorrow... I also don't want to be a spammer, even in a good cause, and I feel like if I make another post I should at least have something new to show or some actual point to make about Art Theory and Technique.

I'm drawing tomorrow night, so I may try to develop something from an emotional scribble into a more realistic piece. It's one of the things I've wanted to try to focus more on... capturing a feeling, some tension or energy, as opposed to the kinds of studies I've been doing, which are all rather still.

By the way, thanks for the referral to Bob Kato's Drawing Club (http://www.thedrawingclub.com/home.asp)! You know when you have an idea, and you think, "why hasn't somebody done something like that?", then you find out someone HAS been doing it? :-)

When I started drawing again I thought it would be interesting if there was a class or workshop or something that re-created famous paintings as life studies... you'd pick a painting, hire models who look like the figures in it, costume them, dress a set to form a living tableau (sort of a poor man's Pageant of the Masters (http://www.foapom.com/)) and draw away.

It looks like Mr. Kato has done something like that, but with a more pulpy, less classical bent (gangsters, boxers, cowboys, Jedi Knights and Annie Oakley). Looks like HUGE fun! I'll definately get out there one of these Thursdays soon.

Oh, and come on, figure drawing Angelinos, join my little club!

scorpion007
05-21-2006, 04:20 AM
LOL, every single post in this thread was double posted. Coincidence?

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