Monday, January 19, 2009

Charcoal of our instructor

Robert K. Semans, Artist

Today our model was unable to come to drawing class, so our instructor sat for us. Bob gave us some handouts on the planes of the face and talked about the structure and how the light affects the planes. Then we spent a few hours drawing. In the final 30 minutes Bob demonstrated how he would approach the drawing, using one of our fellow students as model, by first shading in the planes of the face. Then with just a few magic strokes of his kneaded eraser, he suggested the features. It was like magic to watch him coax the face out of the paper. Something to work at next time.

6 comments:

Nancy said...

Mary, I'm so impressed with your life drawings! It's something that I've never been interested in learning (from fear, I'm sure!), but love to see others do it!

Mary Paquet said...

Nancy, thanks so much. I am learning a lot drawing from life. I have so much more to learn, and I enjoy the challenge.

Sheila said...

Love that kneaded eraser. I also love my battery powered eraser too for the little highlights.

Mary Paquet said...

I haven't tried the battery operated eraser - will have to get one. Thanks for mentioning it.

Ambara said...

Welcome to the "Blog" world Mary, I kept searching for your blog until finally I found it and I am so glad.
I love this charcoal drawing, I should try this technique with the eraser sounds like it could solve a lot of my problems.

Mary Paquet said...

Abeer, glad you found my blog. Thanks for the nice comment. The eraser bit was pretty impressive.