Wednesday, June 25, 2008
My Cast Drawing No. 2 at Grand Central Academy
Above is my latest from my 2nd cast work - today was the last official day and I am making fast progress - now the hair forms and shoulder ( where the arm was broken off) are largely modeled and I began to work my way down his torso.. I may do some more work on him next week.. he's getting pretty cool!! ( lots of thinking and looking to get this guy going for sure - so many subtle forms!!!).. One of the most bad-arse things to learn is how to get that "glow" with graphite ( or any black/white medium.. right now the Borghese Warrior's (by the sculptor Agasias) torso is glowing TOO much ( too much of a good thing ?) but will get toned down if I can work on him next week! On 7/7 I began to model into the lights on the head..(see below) not finely tuned yet but a good start. Tomorrow I will fine tune and work on the hair a bit and upper torso depending on time!
.. at about 7 hours of block in ( I know it sounds long to my Academy friends but I have a long way to go to get all the shapes locked in!).. and only one week left of class! Here is a photo of the cast w/a block-in, then a refinement of the block in ( legs and shapes of torso refined.. this one is a pretty complex cast!!!!
It's not horrid but I have a lot to learn about tecnique! I started a second cast thursday of a discus throwing (yet armless dood). only 2.5 weeks on this crazy thing !!! Here is a view of my block in as of today - at about 5 hours and then..
This is a photo of the cast studio at GCA - pretty cool room huh?!! They have tons of beautiful casts including Lacoon (with the umlaut).. In the building is also a figure studio and a figure painting studio as well as sculpture studios on the floor below. I hope to start a face once I finish the mouth.. the techniques you learn here are pretty amazing.. but you gotta be patient! Oh, btw, Nick, Sam, Camie and Jacob are excellent teachers - Ari - our monitor has been great as well - everyone is patient and positive and will listen to your (my) whining.. cool!
Below is the my first cast study of a mouth - this took me 2.5 weeks and I probably went too fast!
Here is a progress shot of the figure.. sorry for photo quality as I am not taking my time and just snapping! today was mostly legs and fine tuning all over.. yesterday the lower arm and hand.. it still needs lots of work but saturday am will be are last day with Maria the model @#$%^
Today I fixed the ear/head relationship ( needed to be receding /in perspective - now MUCH better! fine tune face, re-develop value relationships on breast and torso forms, add right arm upper ( not finalized).. and fine tune some lower forms. (see below for earlier phases of my Maria drawing. She is an amazing and patient model and.. well I wish we had more like here at AAU!!!! The key to this type of work is subtlety and very easy pressure ( e.g., NONE) when modeling in the lights. I am getting there but have lots to practice when I get home - but the techniques I am learning are so cool!
On Friday after a great Jacob Collins lecture on building the basic shape(s) on Thurs (and measuring everything and really doing you best to nail the "where" and the "what" ( in that order), I re-did the whole head and remeasured to get it more correct! also adjusted forms to be more organic ( arm, foot, shoulders, legs) and begin the time consuming task of flattening all major shadow forms to one value ( prior to beginning modeling). I know it doesn't look like much but this is how they do it here at GCA.. I hope the more finished work will show well if I have put the basic structure together well! We shall see !