The Foundation in Classical Realism workshop took place on the weekend of September 20 and 21st. We had 8 participants and here are some of the drawings they did. We started with an introduction to the principles of how light reveals the form, and how three dimensional objects can be expressed on paper, with the proper gradations of values.
Starting with the block-in and an introduction to measuring accurately for proper proportion, we continued to identifying shadow shapes, and toning these in to obtain a flat light and shadow pattern. Then we modeled the form in the lights and turned the lights into the shadow, with special attention to the terminator line.
Here are spheres, cones, cubes and cylinders, nicely rendered by these Foundational students. Lastly, we turned these into more organic and everyday objects, such as loaves of bread, pears, apples and cups of cola.
by Melanie Furtado, Sculptor
The skull is the single most important piece of anatomy to understand in portraiture. It is what gives the head its main planes and structure.
In this upcoming workshop we will first learn about the large general proportions and then focus in on some key anatomical landmarks. The image below illustrates 6 of these landmarks on the skull, and then on a clay sculpture in progress:
- zygomatic arch
- mandible / jawline
- orbit of eye
- temporal fossa/ridge
- brow ridge
- mastoid process
These are key landmarks where the bone structure of the skull is evident on the surface form. By understanding the characteristics of these landmarks, one can begin to look for evidence of them on live models and references to help determine proper placement of features in the overall structure of the head- whether drawing, painting, or sculpting.
We will investigate these key forms by sculpting them in clay, and develop a tactile sense of their relationships and main planes. This will help anyone working in 2D to develop a new framework to analyze the portrait, and be able to render a more convincing sense of volume.
I look forward to sculpting the planes of the skull with the artists of Mandy Boursicot Atelier!
A great opening for the Mono/chrome group exhibit on Wednesday night. Thanks to all my friends and fans for dropping by to help start the show off with a bang!
The Mono/chrome group exhibit runs to August 9th at the Marion Scott Gallery, 2423 Granville.