Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Anatomical Drawing Long Pose - Day 3

Anatomical Drawing #1 - Reign and Dave, 18"x 24", Graphite on Paper, 2017

Day three of the long pose is all about details.

Dan Thompson's lesson today was all about the knee so it felt only right to focus on the knees of the models. This drawing is great for comparative purposes. There is a lot of difference between the male and female model's knees.

There is balancing act  between what is there observationally and what should be there. The puzzle of observing a body and relating it to a theoretical system individual to the artist. Keeping it interesting is always the challenge of these poses.

Before class next week I hope to get the background nailed in.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Large Painting 3 - Day 5

Figure 03, 6'x4' Oil on Linen, 2017 
Currently working on this painting but finalized the external space of the figure. Now gotta re emphasized the figure. Should be a couple days of work.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Master Class - Lou Marinaro - Day 2

So after Day 2 of the Master Class by Lou Marinaro, I spent a little longer with the sculpture I was working on and really like the results.

My first impression after this experience was learning how difficult it is photographing sculptures. The strength and quality of the light effect the sculpture in really different ways. I have a new appreciation for how difficult a job this is. I mean, take the pair of photographs below as an example.

I really am not sure which one is objectively better. This becomes all the more complicated once I run the photograph through Photoshop. 

The other pictures are other views of the sculpture before I alter it to make a painting from it. I am thinking of adding another half armature to this sculpture. I am excited to get moving further on the project.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Master Class - Lou Marinaro - Day 1

30" Plasticine Sculpture
On of the best master Classes I attended last year was from Lou Marinaro. His knowledge and understanding of Anatomy is infectious and he explains thing so well.  This year there was an opportunity to not only take the class again, but to severe as a TA and I jumped at the opportunity.

The class toggled between sculpture and systematic talking about muscle groups of the body. Lou divided the body like something out of Butcher Shop 101, talking about individual sections and the muscle skeletal interaction that define that location.

This is what the scuplture looked like after the end of Day 1:

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Anatomical Drawing - Long Pose Day 2

Anatomical Drawing 1 - Reign and  , 18"x24", Graphite on Paper, 2017
Anatomic drawing with Dan Thompson-- this is Day 3 of class and the second day of this long pose.

Dan structure his class with a lecture then a demo and then a long pose for the rest of the class.

The drawing is progressing nicely. I have the major forms in and now need to work on the details of the smaller forms.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Class Finished Reconstructions

Our 2017 Forensic Sculpture class with their finished reconstructions. Thank you to the NYC Medical Examiner and instructor Joe Mullins.

Study for Large Painting 3 - Drawing 3

Study for Large Painting 3 - Drawing 3,  Oil Paint over Shellac and Ink, 18"x 24" 2017
This is the third of these drawings. I took a large couple chunks out of the sculpture, literally cutting out huge chunks at leaving the remains hanging from the armature.  I am really liking how the figure distorts and then seems to collapse.

I have to create a second figure and then add it to this scene.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Study for Large Painting 3 - Drawing 2

Study for Large Painting 3 -  Drawing 2, Oil Paint on Shellac and Ink, 18"x 24", 2017
So I worked with the same clay sculpture and did another drawing from a different angle.  I working on defining more of the sculpture I have two immediate thoughts.
  • I am going to need to add another figure to the mix 
  • I think the breaking down of the figure has to be more obvious.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Study for Large Painting 3 - Drawing 1

Study for Large Painting 3 - Drawing 1,  Oil Paint over Shellac and Ink, 18"x 24" 2017

This is in the planning step but this is hoping to get my goal of 5 large scale figure paintings for my master's thesis. I am still running with the insight from the last large scale painting where I was working from a sculpture I had done for a master class last spring.  I am able to alter/change/destroy and then control the lighting of the image.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Forensic Sculpture 2017 - Day 5

Forensic Sculpture - Day 5
So the last day was a lot of finishing. Evening out the hair, carving the face then a lot of smoothing with my thumbs. (So much smoothing to make the texture of skin against the hair).

This is the completed sculpture.

I will re-post this initial information found about the person:

Sex: Male 
Age: 18-25
Ancestry: White, including Hispanic 
Height: Approximately 5'7"
Tooth Loss: All missing teeth would have been present during life.
Damage: There is an autopsy cut along the cranium. The right zygomatic arch should be completely (the space is due to a 3-D printing error). There is missing bone associated with the nasal (top of the nose) that is the result of damage. 
Circumstances: Body found in 1985
Other information: Black, wavy hair approximately 3-4 inches in length.

There is the feeling of accomplishment after doing this class that is really hard to describe. I consider myself pretty much a secular humanist these days but find my thoughts keep returning to Catholic teachings about the Parable of the Talents.  This class is an opportunity to use my skills for a greater goal,  in this case giving a face to an unknown person and hopefully finding this person's identity. 

So this is the final step of the process where the clay sculpture is scanned into the computer.  Again this class was a lot of fun. I would do it again in a heartbeat.