5 Weeks and Finally Up for a Breath!

So I’m going to do this chronologically from oldest to newest. Theoretically, it should get better as you scroll down. I’m going to brush over the earlier stuff and just choose the best one or two since there is so much. I will also keep the commentary brief.

Anatomy class. We focused on the torso. Specifically the Pectoralis Major, the Deltoid, the Biceps and Triceps and the Trapezius. The model is great because he is pretty buff so everything is easy to locate. We are also starting to use light and shadow.


Next, we had a model in full attitude pose. Fun to draw. We were focusing on line and shape.


In this class, we focused on perspective. The teacher is getting us to really push the near vs. far elements. He is also the first teacher to have us delve into ink. These are done with no layout, just straight ink to paper.

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Here are some more complex line drawings. We were looking for a variety of shapes and sizes of objects. The teacher is making us focus on compositional elements and frequently requires that we create shapes all the way to the edge of the page to activate the “empty space”. There will be a lot more of this type of drawing as we go. We are also focusing on near vs. far figures and overlapping. Near figures = big; far figures = small. Seems obvious but pushing the sizes further than they are creates a more dynamic drawing.

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Back to Anatomy. Here we were focusing on the lower limbs. Pelvis, Quads, Adductors, Calf and Sartorius are the elements of the day. There’s was also focus on lighting and shade. We started by greying out the page with charcoal. This allowed us to create highlights with an eraser.

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More straight to ink drawings. I need a lot of work on portraits.

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Monday again! Line and shape work with a lot of elements. Faces are better or at least easier with graphite.


Anatomy homework. Adductors and Trapezius. I also have Quads and Sartorius to lay over the Adductors but alas, no photo of them.

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This is maybe the best thing I have ever drawn. We took photos of our model under a spotlight and had to redraw one for homework. I’ve used these photos a few times in my sketch book. You will see one further down this post.


This class that has become know to me as the inking class. We focused on portraits and interesting, unexpected compositions.

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Anatomy class…I think. There is a lot of drawing to keep track of.


Line, Composition and many elements. We have to turn this drawing into a black and white and two color composition as homework for class in two weeks.


Halloween! Our model played the violin for each 20 minute pose. She was fantastic. This teacher likes us to be very experimental and use a lot of different tools to lay down the ink. The model wore a demons mask for the last pose.

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And finally, just for fun, this was in my sketchbook. I took one of the photos of the model from class and made an alien abduction scene. A wanted to continue the trees and tried to define them by the use of stars in the sky. Not sure how successful that is but it is always fun to splatter ink with a toothbrush.


That’s it! Thanksgiving break in three weeks. I see a post happening again then. Thanks for reading and be well!

One Comment Add yours

  1. Audrey says:

    Wow- you have been super busy Nick! Lots of good stuff!


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