Finals Complete!

One eighth done with school! Here is the final post for this semester.

These are the last few poses from my anatomy class. Something changed over these three weeks. Each one was done over the course of a full three hour class. Each drawing represents about two hours of actual drawing. However, something changed in my brain over these weeks. With the second drawing, I went from tentative grays to dark shadows. The last of the three drawings is a lot more subtle and has much more form and volume than I’ve ever had before. Hopefully, this is a permanent change in my head. Thanks to Prof. Stephen Gardner for his patience and guidance. I learned a lot from him.

Next, in my Wednesday class, we had the assignment of illustrating a story. I chose a section of a story called The Wind In The Willows and changed the animal characters to people. Here, Mr. Toad is trying to convince Mr. Mole to come with him on an adventure in his brand new caravan while Mr. Rat looks on unhappily. I had two friends (thanks Mary and Karl!) pose for photos which I then drew. I used scaled up and down photocopies of the drawings to create a decent composition and then transferred them to the final page and inked it all with a brush. I was trying to get a good sense of foreground, mid-ground and background. There are pluses and minuses to this technique. The biggest plus is that you can move around your characters and the biggest minus is that you get stuck with the size of the photocopied drawing. You would never do this in real life since you would put it all on different layers in Photoshop and fool around with it there. There is much to be learned in doing it the “old fashioned” and incredibly inefficient way though so it was okay.

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My Monday class was always experimental and all over the place. We did some black and white, some color and a lot of mixed media. We never had homework in this class so this is all from life. Most of these are 10-20 minute poses with a few 40 minute ones. Thanks to Professor Janis Salek for getting us all to draw, experiment and grow.

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In my Thursday class, (the one I did the Alice in Wonderland poster for) we were assigned an illustration of an article for an OpEd piece for the NY Times. The article was about weather or not the tragic shootings in Paris could happen here in the U.S.. This was right before San Bernardino happened so… I guess that answers that. Anyway, my first attempt was too specific and didn’t really address the article as a whole but only a single idea. For the second attempt, I was thinking about the mutual history we share with France and how we have been there for each other since the American Revolution. I portrayed the countries as two drinking buddies wishing each other luck. In retrospect, I wish the text was the French guy saying, “Good luck, Mon Ami.” and the cowboy was replying, “Thanks, Pard!” but I did’t hit on that until after the critique. Plus, it would have been tough with the characters arranged in this format since the French guy would have to be on the left for it to read that way but I wanted the Cowboy to be on the “west” side. Oh well, a problem to figure out in the future. I don’t have a picture of this inked which sucks because it turned out pretty cool and now it is in my storage unit. Thanks to Professor Melanie Reim. This is the type of teacher I went back to school to meet. Hopefully, I will have her again after she is back from her sabbatical.

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And finally, Friday. We had the assignment to do three drawings from fashion photography. Thanks to the free Macy’s catalogue for the images. We were assigned to do one Black and White study, one color illustration fit into an abstract shape and one full color study. I am pretty happy with how these turned out. Thanks to Professor John Jay Cabuay for opening up my mind and making me stretch. I really enjoyed this class and bonus!, I have him next semester. Sweet.


There we go. It is amazing looking back at the first few posts and this one. I can’t wait to see where I am after each semester and in three and a half more years. Crazy cool. Thanks for following! I’ll try and get some good stuff posted over the break and Happy New Year to everyone going on this journey with me.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Audrey says:

    Congrats Nick- so much fun to see your progress 🙂


  2. Yvette Brocks says:

    I am a friend of your mother. I am very impressed with your life drawing plus other works.
    Cheers. Yvette Brocks😀


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