Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Facial proportions part 1

Here is a document that should prevent you from making silly mistakes when tackling portraiture.

1. Units of one eye
Usually the space between the eyes is the equivalent of one eye and the space between the outside corner of the eye and the edge of the front side of the cranium is half an eye
I also drew two eyes between the bottom of the eyes and the corner of the lips but this came up while I was making that hand-out so I am not too sure if it a generic proportion.

2. The triangle
The shape of that triangle would vary from person to person so it is a great way to check the likeness. On this model the distance between the bottom of the nose and the pupil is equidistant

3. Features line up
The inner corners of the eyes usually line up with the wings of the nose and the inner edge of the Iris lines up with the corner of the mouth. It can be the pupil on a male model.

Monday, 22 February 2016

Painting techniques introduction

I just found the perfect video to explain the different painting techniques.

- Midtones
- Tiling
- Grisaille

- Midtone is the method I was taught at Lavenderhill
- Tiling is the method used by Jeremy Lipking on his DVD and this is the one most of the artist I love use. (actually no he uses the midtone technique)
- Grisaille is taught in some schools but I would just use this as a method to learn values with paint

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Looking back

In 2013, a friend offered to sublet his flat in London from which I had moved out few years before as worked dried out. Well, it didn't really dry out but I wanted more experience in animated TV series and France is the best place for that.

For one month in summer, I was a Londoner again and I had no particular plan until I discovered Adrian Dutton's class in Bethnal Green through Meetup, and Candid Art's drop-in life drawing class in Angel. This totally changed my plans.

Except when I lived in Paris, I found it extremely difficult to find life drawing classes in France where I could just turn up on the day, few times a week.

As I always wanted to be able to successfully sketch people in the street or even models, I am constantly on the look-out for life drawing classes and interestingly enough, when I lived in Angoulême which is the European capital of comics and possibly also the capital of animated TV series, there weren't any or nothing that was flexible enough.

Discovering Adrian's and Candid Art's classes was therefore a shock. Not only was I able to attend classes every evenings monday to thursday (the long pose friday class didn't exist yet) but I was also able to attend classes at lunch, and even get fed at Adrian's class!

With 6 classes a week, this summer became what I fondly refer to as my 2013 Life drawing boot camp, a boot camp where I met a bunch of lovely people who made me decide to come back to one of the most expensive places in the world to attend even more classes and hopefully get even better!

Right, a very long winded introduction for an ultra short post!

Clearing out my flat I was going through some of my very old drawings and found an interesting sketch I did in August 2013. It is a very interesting sketch as the model is Robin, the very same model I just drew few days ago, with hopefully some sign of progress in my abilities. Actually I don't think I have progressed that much in 2 and half years but one thing is for sure, I have better tools and better Instagram filters!

I am also posting a drawing of Jennifer where the difference is not very dramatic considering how long each poses are. The 2014 one is pretty good for 20 minutes and as a matter of fact, I think I used to be better at short poses in the past/

Going from graphite to compressed charcoal (Conté 1710 B/H) allowed me to better shade the form though, that's for sure and I would suggest anyone wanting to learn construction to do the same. This will give you a better understanding of form and anatomy. The ultimate skills to draw from imagination.

An other good point I should raise is the importance of marking the date and duration of the pose. This makes things easier when evaluating progress.

Have fun with your work!

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Burne Hogarth demo_ "Draw the head"

Burne Hogarth alongside Andrew Loomis is one of the legend of drawing education but I don't think many people knew about this very rare demo by the Master himself I found some time ago

Monday, 4 May 2015

Proportions_Part 1. The body. Richer. Anatomie Artistique

Construction is one of the most important aspect when learning how to draw the figure.

Not only it will help you to create more solid drawings when drawing from life at a life drawing classes or when sketching in the street but it will also allow you to draw from imagination without references.

Here is already a little gem that was recommended to me by Scott Eaton when I attended an anatomy training many years ago.

The following pages will show you how the entire body relates to the height of a head.

Those are obviously generic proportions and will not apply in all circumstances but this will be a very good starting point to use as reference when drawing from life.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Big Hero 6 / John Singer Sargent

I just saw Big Hero 6 this week end and it was fun to see John Singer Sargent used as an inspiration for one of Fred's portrait paintings.

The painting was done by Ryan Lang and the underdrawing by Jin Kim