Monday, September 8, 2014

Monday Morning Drawing Class: A Modern Venus

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"A Modern Venus"
14" x 16" Pastel
 
My friend Susan and I have been wanting some life drawing experience. Of course, drawing the human body is a traditional exercise for artists through the ages. Our  class location within an art store precludes having a nude model. We paid our instructor for some private lessons with a model at his studio. We discovered, of course, that we have much to learn. We arranged for monthly sessions with Bob and a wonderful model who does a lot of work for San Jose State University's highly respected art department..
 
Meanwhile, instructor Bob Semans purchased two small clay figures, one male and one female, from an art supply company. These he can bring to our class. A few weeks ago I attempted the male figure. My drawing was fine, but not so much the shading, and I took so much time drawing that I got about half the pastel work done.
 
This week, I did the female figure with much more success, according to Bob. I am still internalizing what happens to the body when weight shifts. Bob always says draw from the inside out. So find the midline and build from there. Note the position of features in relationship to others. For example, from my point of view, the inner tops of the legs were below her right side of the neck. Her right hip fell just inside the outer edge of her right arm. The outermost point of her left hip is below the outermost point of her shoulder. Her naval is more to the right of the vertical halfway point. Bob calls this the science, not the art, of drawing. He enjoys teaching it and it is the key to success.

8 comments:

hw (hallie) farber said...

I like your Venus and also like the fancy-hatted men in the previous post.

CrimsonLeaves said...

Oh Mary! This is fabulous and your shadowing and highlights are just spot on!

Christiane Kingsley said...

Very well done, Mary! I have started to work on portraits from live models, but I am far from ready to graduate to full figurework with live models...You really inspire me: you are always learning something new!

Mary Paquet said...

Hallie, great hearing from you. Those fancy-hatted guys are such a kick.

Sherry, glad you like it.

Christiane, you are also an inspiration to me. You have really branched out and I admire your work.

Barbra Joan said...

Oh to have a figure like that !!
Very well done, Your a natural!

Mary thanks so much for visiting my blog. and finding my Journey blog? Even better.. BJ

Mary Paquet said...

Barbr Joan, I agree. Never looked that good in my life! Yesterday's private life drawing session was encouraging to both Susan and I. We felt like we are beginning to show some progress.

hmuxo said...

This is SO good, Mary!!! Perfect values...a good exercise for all of us...

Mary Paquet said...

Hilda, thanks for your encouragement. It was quite an exercise.