Open Figure Drawing Workshop - Angels & Devils - 021


  [b]OFDW 021: Feb. 16, 2007 - Mar. 16, 2007[/b]
  Welcome to the TWENTY-FIRST thread of the Open Figure Drawing Workshop!!!
  This workshop is open to any medium and any style. Some informal moderation
  will be gladly provided by Joel Carlo / Rebecca Kimmel ~ however, the purpose of the
  Workshop is for Artists to interact with and informally critique one another’s work.
  For this OFDW, we are trying something new - a themed Workshop in which the topic is:
  [b]"Angels & Devils"[/b]
  The goal of this Workshop is to [b]COMPLETE[/b] one or more[b] FINISHED Master Copies and/or unique pieces.[/b]This is unlike the Anatomy Lesson Series in which the goal is quantity. Here, it's [b]QUALITY[/b] of one or two finished pieces.
  [left][u][b][size=3]Guidelines for OFDW 021:[/b][/u]
  1. The theme is "Angels & Devils".
  2. You have [color=DarkOrange][b]1 MONTH[/b] in which to create [b]EITHER[/b] a finished [b]master copy[/b] or a [b]unique piece[/b] using the theme outlined above. All artwork can be done can be done in either traditional or digital, drawing or painting, sculpture or 3D model.
  3. An angel or devil may be female or male, human or creature, young or old. Both, however, must be a living organism and not something inorganic. You must also use [b]PHYSICAL[/b] traits that make an angel or devil easily recognizable to the viewer. Characteristics such as wings and horns are encouraged but can be broadly interpreted.
  4. You may place your interpretation of an angel or devil within an environment, but it is not completely necessary. The emphasis of this OFDW will be more on technique and character development (including both physiological and psychological aspects). The goal is to create an image that displays a character's personality and temperament through its physical attributes.
  5. Creativity in composition is encouraged! You can either do a detail, portraits, partial or full body layouts so long as the image stays true to the theme listed above.
  6. While not required, it is suggested that you post concept sketches as well as WIP of your stages of work. WIP is strongly encouraged in the OFDWs!
  7. If you are creating a unique piece, please aim for a [b]high level of finish[/b] - not just sketches. The purpose of this workshop is to help you develop your anatomy,drawing, and painting skills. Cartoon/cell-shaded/manga style images are discouraged.
  8. [b]TRACING IS NOT ALLOWED![/b] However, using grid techniques is acceptable.
  9. Only work created after the beginning of this workshop will be accepted. Work created before the posting of this workshop is not allowed.
  10. Please note that [b]FINISHED WORK[/b] ONLY will be [b]SPOTLIGHTED![/b]
  Note: This Workshop will last 4 weeks.[/color][/size]
  [color=LemonChiffon][b] Reference Source: 
  [b]CHOICE 01:[/b]
  CANO, Alonso
  Saint John the Evangelist's Vision of Jerusalem
  [b]CHOICE 02:[/b]
  The Fall of the Rebel Angels
  [b]CHOICE 03:[/b]
  MOCHI, Francesco
  Angel of Annunciation
  [b]CHOICE 04:[/b]
  PIAZZETTA, Giovanni Battista
  The Guardian Angel with Sts Anthony of Padua and Gaetano Thiene
  c. 1729
  [b]CHOICE 05:[/b]
  TIEPOLO, Giovanni Battista
  The Angel Succouring Hagar
  [b]CHOICE 06:[/b]
  TROGER, Paul
  Christ Comforted by an Angel
  c. 1730
  [b]CHOICE 07:[/b]

RIBERA, Jusepe de
St Jerome and the Angel

  [b]CHOICE 08:[/b]
  BAGLIONE, Giovanni
  Sacred and Profane Love
  [b]CHOICE 09:[/b]
  St Michael and the Satan
  [b]CHOICE 10:[/b]
  Bouguereau, William
  A Soul Carried To Heaven
  [b]CHOICE 11:[/b]
  c. 1485
  [b]CHOICE 12:[/b]
  Last Judgment (detail)
  [b]CHOICE 13:[/b]
  The Damned (detail)
  [b]CHOICE 14:[/b]
  [b]CHOICE 15:[/b]
  DYCK, Sir Anthony Van
  Jupiter and Antiope
  [b]CHOICE 16:[/b]
  GOLTZIUS, Hendrick
  Jupiter and Antiope
  [b]CHOICE 17:[/b]
  The Satyr and the Peasant
  c. 1620
  [b]CHOICE 18:[/b]
  RUBENS, Pieter Pauwel
  Two Satyrs
  [b]CHOICE 19:[/b]
  RUBENS, Pieter Pauwel
   St George Fighting the Dragon
  [b]CHOICE 20:[/b]
  Baldung, Hans
  Eve, the Serpent, and Death 


[color=LemonChiffon][color=Orange]RULES FOR THE THREADS[/color][/color]

                                                                                        [left]1. Photographs are the property of []( and [](
                         2. The drawings created from the photo reference provided here MUST be TASTEFUL,SINCERE, RESPECTFUL, and for the purpose of serious study of the human figure. Those who post silly, disrespectful, or tasteless work will have their posts deleted immediately and will no longer be allowed to post on this thread. 
                         3. This Workshop will run from [b]Feb. 16, 2007 - Mar. 16, 2007.[/b]
                         4. There is NO LIMIT to the NUMBER of posts an artist may make. However, we ask that you post only your BEST WORK, even if it is considered unfinished.
                         5. Artists who post comments and critiques of other artists' work on this thread must be RESPECTFUL, POLITE, and offer CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM. Flaming will be NOT be tolerated, and constitutes dismissal from this and other threads.
                         6. I will be offering the occasional comments / critique ~ however, the main focus of the Open Figure Drawing Workshop threads should be on Group Critique and interaction. :)
                                 7. ANY MEDIUM or STYLE may be used: Traditional or Digital Drawing or Painting, Gestural, Sketch, Finished Render, etc.
                         8. 3D Artists who wish to use the reference for 3D models are free to do so. 
                                 9. Please limit the SIZE of your POSTS to 800 pixels WIDTH x Appropriate pixel LENGTH. No huge posts, please!

10. [b]Please post your WIP and finished work to this thread.[/b] However, you are encouraged to also post your work to your Personal Sketchbook Thread if you already have one, or to create one if you do not, here:
[]([[b]Personal Anatomy & Sketchbook Threads[/b]](
                                                               11. Have fun, enjoy, and create great art! :) 
                                      [size=3]PLEASE NOTE: WIP (Work In Progress) images are an important part of the OFDWs and are encouraged. [color=LemonChiffon][b]Please DO post WIP[/b] images as you work on your pieces. :)
             [b][size=3][color=Orange]PLEASE NOTE THAT TRACING IS NOT ALLOWED! 
            Tracing constitutes cheating on CGTalk, and traced work is not accepted into CGTalk's Galleries. Please freehand draw and paint. Use of a Grid is accepted. :)
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If you would like to see the finished work from previous OFDWs, look here:

Links to all OFDW SPOTLIGHT Threads…029&postcount=1


Thank you to Joel / Mechahatechimp for guest hosting OFDW 021 - looking forward to another great Workshop! :slight_smile:

For anyone wishing to see what work from the previous Workshop looks like, please feel free to check out this thread to get an idea:


Cheers and can’t wait to see WIPs!


Boo! That Joel guy sucks!:scream:


Isn’t Choice 07 Ribera, not Vouet?


Hey guys, I wanna try out for this, I’ve got some questions, that maybe you could help me with:sad:
I did read the rules, but I’m still not sure, are those images you posted references, the way our drawings should look like, or maybe the detail of anatomy we should use, sorry may sound confusing :slight_smile:
Also Is this tread for anyone, meaning yes, I’ll try my best to create a quality image, but my best may not be good enough :stuck_out_tongue: Is this for experienced members only?
And last questions, are caricatures allowed(just wondering :stuck_out_tongue: ) or do we have to stick to solid construction and anatomy
Anyway yeah I’d really like to join this tread, It’d be really great if you could help me with these questions, thanks :slight_smile:


Good catch! Fixed! :thumbsup:


Ok, I want to be in this. Just about the time to try out something new :bounce: Wheee!!! Let’s roll!


Oh fantastic! I will try to contribute, but time is limited! It says I can create an image of my own, I will do an interpritation of a demon I think.


omg Rebecca!

you guys aren’t making this easy for meh :stuck_out_tongue:
but I believe devils are in love with pain so count me in too!
(might not start before next week though)


For this workshop you can do one of two things:

  1. Create a master copy using the references posted above
  2. Create your own unique image based on the Angels and Devils theme

Regardless of skill level, anyone is welcome to participate so long as they adhere to the rules… one of which is #7 which states that cartoon/cell-shaded/manga style images are discouraged. The purpose of this workshop is to help you develop your anatomy, life drawing, and painting skills… not cartooning skills :smiley:

You should push for a high level of detail in your final image(s), equivalent or close to the references posted above. The workshop is open for one month which should be plenty of time to create a highly polished master copy or unique image, regardless of your skill level. Try to do your best and push yourself to create great art. Good luck!


Mecha just answered the question :slight_smile:


Hey, This OFDW21 is what I need to keep me sane, right now.

    Hi Joel, So nice to have you hosting this workshop.  Am anticipating some tremendous 2d and 3D work soon to show up.  Hey Rebecca, nice call in inviting the lovely MHChimp to the helm.

Didn’t get to finish my start, so I’m pulling the image. It will probably appear in my SB when I finish.


Hi, I’m novice in this forum, may you explain to me, what are master copy and unique piece?


Hi, everyone!

I’m newbie here, and I’ve come from I’m trying to expand my contacts with other artists, and I found great ones here.

I’ll try to take part on this workshop, it seems to be very interesting.


I’m newbie here, and I’ll try to take part on this workshop.



Great workshop! I hope I’ll have time to participate here, coz I got really inspired by some of the given references :slight_smile:


I am not good at drawing (trying to evolve) but i will try my best and post something if it comes out nice… Great idea for a workshop…


I’d really like to enter this. I don’t have much time, but I think one month should have some free hours for me xP Heck, even if I don’t finish it’ll still be a good exercise.
Newbie question: Where do we post the WIPs? In this thread, in our personal WIP threads, or an anatomy forum sketchbook?
Another one: In the process of painting, is it alright to switch from original to master copy or from one copy to another? Kills the time and such, but is it allowed anyway?


Cool. I hope i’ll have time to do this one. i really look forward to seeing all the cool work that’s going to be posted here. cheers guys