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04-21-2006, 01:13 AM
Hey, This is my first time posting. Just started going back to life drawing sessions recently and here are some of my drawings. BTW this is an awesome forum.
04-21-2006, 06:31 PM
Welcome aboard! :) Glad you've found this forum, and it's great to see your work! You have some really nice linework, and it will be cool to see more results from your Workshop.
By the way, what is your art training and background? :)
One thing that will make your posts easier to view is if you copy and paste the URL of your image into the yellow square sun / mountain icon in the EDIT POST text editor. Then we can see your image without having to click on a link.
Looking forward to seeing more of your work!
04-22-2006, 02:02 AM
Thanks for the welcome and for the having a forum like this. Its great too that you have a review thread where everybody can learn stuff.
My art background is...I will start from the top. I started to drawing at a young age (7-8 yrs old). I went through several summer art workshops. I drew mostly on my own, self taught and learning what I can from my workshop instructors and books. (and now internet) I took major in fine arts in U of Toronto and was quite dissapointed at the program and dropped out. But I went to a John Micheal Angel seminar (canadian artist now living in italy) and that really got me back to basics of drawing and started to do oil painting. After dropping out took Fashion Design and then Classical animation at Sheridan College. That's where a great deal of time was life drawing and I learned enormously from one of my instructors named Joe Morse. I started a job as a 3D animator at a gaming company (Ubisoft). We had a short period where we had some life drawing sessions but it was cancelled. Then I found a place that has LD sessions once every 2 weeks. So I am back in training! woohoo :)
Here are some more of my work. Some are older stuff.
04-22-2006, 02:16 PM
Nice to see more work! :) Great to hear about your background ~ I've heard a lot about the Angel Academy of Florence, and would love to go there ~ I know he was in Canada originally, however, and that must have been where you studied with him. :)
Really liking these latest figure studies. This one especially is quite nice:
Looking forward to seeing more of your work! :)
04-22-2006, 06:05 PM
Thanks Rebecca. Actually I just went to a 2 day Angel seminar about repesentational art. Well he covered a lot from a traditional drawing techniques to different methods of oil painting. It was really informative and inspiring. You yourself have really excellent drawings too. Reminds me of master drawings. :)
Your methods of teaching (gesture) is very silimar from what I have learned. I have just started teaching a life drawing class in a local art club. And somebody wants me to teach a portraiture class too. I got really busy all of a sudden. Eventually I would love to quit my day job and teach fulltime.
04-24-2006, 06:24 PM
Hey, we have a lot in common then! :) I definitely would like to teach fulltime, so hopefully my MFA will allow me the opportunity to do that. Really looking forward to seeing more of your work, and maybe some of your students' work as well! They are always welcome to post here. :thumbsup:
05-02-2006, 06:25 PM
These are from the last several sessions of life drawing. 1st one is 20 minutes and the rest are 5-10 minute poses.
05-02-2006, 06:40 PM
Cujo, I find your first drawing really beautiful ~ really calm and lyrical, it's amazing sometimes how much the attitude of the model can affect the artist. :) I like the fact that you've shaded just a bit behind her right shoulder to add just the right amount of emphasis. Nice work with this!
If I may, what was the method of drawing that you learned from Joe Morse? I'm always curious to know what different methods are being taught out there. :)
I see some really nice drawings here, Cujo. Lovely. Girls girls girls =] Sorry,I didn't read everything that's written here, so wanted to ask, these drawings are from imagination, right? Damn, I need to start doing those...
05-02-2006, 07:12 PM
Thanks Rebecca. Yeah the model is super. She plays several instruments so she has those for props. (violin, flute, pan flute)
Its was not necessary a method that I learned from Joe Morse but what he focus on were several things:
*Capturing the gesture. Direction of head, torso, hips, limbs and spine. Exaggerate if you can.
*Use a line of action through the body.
*weight, balance - told us always to plant the feet on the floor or plane. So your figure is not just hovering or decapitated.
*He showed us the markers or points of reference on the body. ie. clavicle, iliac crest, scapula, important muscles groups that are usually visible, etc. There is a great book called 'Figure Drawing and Anatomy for the Artist' by John Raynes.
He basically push us to see more and in combination with the knowledge of anatomy, you can see better the pose and put it on paper. Some of my students right now have a hard time seeing the pose so they end up recreating the pose in their mind and putting it on paper.
05-02-2006, 07:16 PM
Thanks Razz. No these are all from life. I go to alife drawing session every other week. I also do a few drawings when I teach. I try to sneak one or two once in a while.;)
05-03-2006, 09:29 PM
Thank you for describing your teacher's method ~ that's always interesting for me to hear. :)
05-11-2006, 01:36 AM
I ran out of newprint and bond paper last week. And good thing I had a sketch book handy. These were 20 minute poses.
05-15-2006, 04:55 PM
These latest drawings are lovely. :) I like your considered lines and the way that you are providing just enough information for the form to 'read'. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.
Aah, great sketches. Linework is gooood. I always draw many many many lines and then other can decide about the form :D You've done an amazing job on showing the form with just a few lines. Looks very clean.
05-16-2006, 11:45 AM
Thanks Rebecca. Its a pleasure to show my work here on the forum.
Thanks Razz. I draw a couple of lines to start (very faint though. You might see some if you look hard enough) and I go in with a final line. Coming from a 2D animation background, I focus a lot on thin and thick lines to address the shape and volume.
06-08-2006, 12:46 PM
Some new ones...
i'm shure glad i've stepped by!! Wonderful clean line and soft shading! I admire this style a lot!
i'd love to see more of them!
06-08-2006, 04:14 PM
Hi...Cujo03.......WOW ..... BEAUTIFUL DRAWINGS....REAL PLEASURE SEEING THESE..:thumbsup:
are you going to work on any original art peices soon ?
06-09-2006, 12:28 AM
Thanks Glenn. Its a pleasure sharing them. :)
Thanks Lute. I am working on a piece on greek mythology. Always wanted to do a classical piece. I did a centauri years ago. Trying to find a good model to have as a reference but most models are women where I draw. Maybe I will try to get some reference of myself. We'll see.
06-10-2006, 12:22 AM
Awsome work...lines, volume, proportion...everything...umm...I'm going to go practice now.:)
06-13-2006, 05:12 PM
Thanks FateBringer. I practice a lot. I think my ratio of Good/Bad drawings is about 1:3. I guess it depends on the day too. Some days I have and somedays I just suck ;)
06-13-2006, 05:29 PM
Very soothing , and sensitive style !Hope to see lots more from you Cujo03 :thumbsup:.
06-16-2006, 01:42 AM
I have to agree with everyone here, great stuff! :)
06-16-2006, 12:02 PM
Thanks ThomasPhoenix and RebeccaK:D
I attended the conceptart.org workshop and had some chance to do some drwaings from life. The old lady portrait is a demo from my portrait class.
06-17-2006, 06:10 PM
Gorgeous work! The demo portrait is great, and I recognize the male model from some of the Workshop photos I have seen! What was your experience like? I would like to go to next year's Workshop, if I can. :)
Wow your line art is really crisp and beautiful!
I see a couple of media you are using, may i know what they are?
Very gorgeous, Cujo! I love the shading on the male there and the face too. Something I really have to work more on and this is a great example and inspiration to me. Curious about the media too, as BNN asked.
that's a really nice work. I prefer your last sketches where you made the shadings, volumes of bodies are well done too. Attending this workshop may have been a great experience, I hope I could attend next one too.
06-19-2006, 03:06 AM
Thanks Rebecca. Yeah the workshop was good. Aside from a bit disorganized it was a learning experience. I wish there was more gesture and anatomical studoes though. There was a lot of painting going on. I have to start doing alla prima within a span of 3 hours. Some of the instructors were super fast.
Thanks Razz and BNN. For the portrait and the guy, I used charcoal pencil (soft). But on the portrait I used a paper stump and my fingers to blend the tonal values. For the guy its just charcoal pencil. (hatching) For the others, I used NuPastels. I bought a set of Nupastels and started using them to get them to have a point. I break them in half and more I use them the more the squareness dissapear. (I rotate them as I draw) So I end up with a point which is great for doing more detailed work. I used them mostly for gestures and short poses (5-10 minutes). They are my favorite. (like conte but a bit more greasy? or it glides on the paper much better) Using the side you can cover a lot of shadows and You can easily blend them using your fingers and has a really nice effect.
Thanks agou. I learned a lot from the workshop but at the same time I was a bit dissapointed. Some parts of the workshop was missing or not organized properly. I Really enjoyed Dan Milligan's lectures. Makes me wanna go digital.
06-25-2006, 02:22 AM
Here some new ones from last week. The model was a skinny guy but very toned. It was great cuz you could see most of the land marks of the body.
06-27-2006, 01:53 AM
That center one worked out really nicely. Great to see these. :)
06-28-2006, 11:52 AM
Thanks Rebecca. That one is my favorite too. There are some traces of NuPastel on that one. I had to erase one of the gesture drawings cuz I ran out of paper. It turned out nice.
07-11-2006, 12:02 PM
This drawing was done from my mind. Its a study for a painting I am doing.
Do I need to say more?
GREAT LINES AND FLOW!
Love the last pieceeeeee!!
Hope to see the complete piece!!!
07-11-2006, 05:45 PM
This drawing was done from my mind. Its a study for a painting I am doing.
Fantastic work! You did a great job! Looks very great !
Yeah i really like the look of the last drawing. Lines define the form very well. Could you tell more about the painting you're going to do here?
Oh, and is that a woodless graphite pencil?
07-12-2006, 12:21 AM
Thanks BNN, Trunks, Razz.
Razz, Its not graphite woodless but a charcoal one. I discovered it when shopping for charcoal pencils. I usually break charcoal pencils quite often. If they are broken inside, the only thing holding it together is the wood. With the woodless charcoal its thicker and its not as fragile.
I wanted to do a series of greek mythology paintings. This one is Icarus as he falling down into the sea.
07-12-2006, 03:20 AM
Ok, I have been trying to decide on the legs/feet positions and I would really appeciate if I can get some opinions or feedback. Which is the best pose for the legs/feet?
And the winner is ...(drumroll)
I certainly prefer the 3rd or 4th
But I cant put my words to which one I prefer more...
It's pretty hard to tell. It'll be a challenge to make him look like falling, because he's in a vertical position. I prefer the 2nd and the 4th position of the legs. Only the left leg of the character could be more straight maybe.
I'll sure be looking for this to progress.
07-12-2006, 09:22 PM
this is such a beautiful collection of life drawings. I'm really awed by the accuracy you get the figured down with in such a short time and with so few lines, yet all have wieght and form. Makes me wish there were something like thise where I am, it's so wonderful to see how much can be learnt from it just by looking at the quality of these drawings. Really amazing work.
07-13-2006, 12:46 PM
Thanks BNN, RAzz. I am leaning towards pose 4. I am looking for is strong dynamic pose and at the same time a sense of uncontrolabilty and strong silhouette. I will have to do a lot of research on the background. It will be the sea and the problem to figure is how to create the illusion of depth. I think it will be a combination of blur, tonal values, clouds maybe?
Thanks Zephyri for the generous compliment. I have still a lot to learn especially in the anatomy department. I play a lot with the line quality (thick and thin lines) like how they draw cartoon characters in Disney and to give the illusion of weight I just usually put down a thicker and darker line like on the bottom of the feet or the buttocks if they are sitting down.
07-17-2006, 11:11 PM
I really like this one (04):
Nice gentle sense of dynamism to this. :)
07-24-2006, 01:30 AM
Thanks Rebecca. I prefer this one too. ;)
08-03-2006, 03:02 AM
Ouf, been busy for the past month. Finally went to LD session last night. A bit rusty again... But did some doodling and came up with a pose for the icarus subject. The other 2 is from life.
10-10-2006, 02:01 AM
I recently participated in an art symposium. I won honourable mention for the drawing 'Karl'.
I also made 2 paintings on site. A portrait and figure painting.
10-10-2006, 02:57 AM
your studies are going great and your skill with doing muscular relief is pretty cool man. love your latest piece. :thumbsup:
Hey, Cujo! Awesome to have you back. Really the best Icarus's pose from all the shown before. When will you start painting it?
The lif drawings are looking sweet! Great line in the first one and good sense of perspective in the second one. Would like to see some more of these. Wish there was a life drawing class anywhere where I'm at...there isn't :( But a pleasure to watch your drawings.
Couldn't say anything more than excellent for the paintings. Maybe you have some WIP photos?
Again, good to see you back. Don't disappear again for such a period of time :)
10-12-2006, 12:30 PM
Thanks Salubri3i. I havent done figure in color for awhile. ;)
Thanks Razz for the welcome back. Yeah, I have been busy with work, family and the festival. I think I will be teaching life drawing and basic drawing for the festival if there is enough ppl. Also been planning the details for a home studio or for a place to teach. I still have to do a full rendering of this icarus drawing but I have to decide on the posing first. I will do WIP for sure. FOr the painting, I forgot my camera so I did not take any WIP photos. sorry :(
No need to be sorry, Cujo. It's just that I'm trying to learn to paint traditionaly, because I'm bad at it. Painting with acrylics now. I was told that it's easier to use other medium after learning acrylics. Well should be, because acrylics seemed pretty hard to control. What did you use for these paintings? And is it possible to have a closer look at them? And one more thing, do you know a good place on web about painting traditionaly? I'm ready to learn.
That would be about it, I think I'm asking too much questions :)
10-13-2006, 01:50 AM
Hey razz. I dont like acrylics. It dries too fast or I am too slow. There are a lot of techniques in oil painting. I wish there is a book on it. I think there is but I dont know.
Here are some tutorials you can check out:
I myself am learning oil painting. I am always struggling with color, tones and values. What I suggest is to take one of a master's drawing or painting (lets say Bouguereau or Sargent) and reproduce it. Copy it. From that you will learn a ton.
I will try to snap a pic with daylight over the weekend.
Thanks NR43 ;)
10-15-2006, 10:52 PM
This is a better snapshot of the paintings. As you can see my camera or my monitor is off sync. The color doesnt look anything like the painting. I color corrected it (right) and it looks very close to the painting but I know my monitor is off too.
02-13-2007, 03:21 PM
Some figure studies and some clothed ones when the model did not show up. (About a couple months ago)
02-13-2007, 03:28 PM
02-13-2007, 03:44 PM
Always a pleasure to see such strong draftsmanship...:thumbsup: I like them all:)
REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING MORE..:thumbsup:
07-03-2007, 12:44 AM
Some new drawings and paintings I did this year
07-03-2007, 12:47 AM
Some more drawings.
07-03-2007, 09:03 AM
Frame #60 top one....OUTSTANDING DRAWING...:thumbsup:
Umf... you don't often update but when you do... *whistles*
07-03-2007, 04:17 PM
Thanks SpiritDreamer. I really like that one too. The model asked me if I wanna sell it to him.
Thanks for the compliment NR43. I try to do some here and there outside of work.
10-17-2007, 05:08 AM
Some new ones this year...enjoy.
10-17-2007, 05:08 AM
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