Wednesday, November 4, 2009


The semester so far has been informative and interesting. Having the technical ability to draw these forms is important to me as a studio art major. So far we have gone from learning about the form of the human skull to working on the features of the face. Learning the skull and face were taxing at first, though I have improved since then. I have noticed that I have the tendency to make the face too wide, the chin is also a difficult thing to render properly. I think it would be beneficial to continue honing in on these skills. Right now my potential for drawing the face seems a bit scant at times. Don't get me wrong, I have learned enough to know how to make a successful face drawing given enough time. My favorite class periods are when we get to draw the entire time. I really enjoy making progress in this area so being able to work is always great.
Now I am working on a conceptual self-portrait. There have been a few subjects I have been working with as part of my personality. This final solution alleviates some of the weight of these ideas in form of a photograph. I have constructed various compositions using items from my wardrobe which have particular idiosyncrasies with my own passions and elemental qualities.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

faces faces faces

we have been working on drawing faces. we worked on one drawing for six hours of a model and this is the finished product. it was pretty fun learning to draw the face, i always make faces too wide. we are also working on a self-portrait this week which will be finished by Monday. i have started working on it already but we are going to take some time to go into them further.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

faces and things

So we started working on the features of the face. We started with the eyes, and learned about how to connect them to the nose and mouth. I am finding that the practice we did with the skulls is paying off. huzzah. As of right now I still have yet to complete my homework for the week (a portrait due Monday) but I am looking forward to starting it tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Monday, October 5, 2009


We have been working on adding appropriate amounts of value to our drawings of the cranium. This means knowing where the plain of the skull is, and being able to use the right marks to define it. We looked at some drawings of the face by various drawing masters. Taking particular notice of the shading on the different plains of the face. This helped me understand that there needs to be a certain amount of consistency in order for the drawing to make sense.
Overall I have enjoyed skull drawing. It is a real challenge getting everything fine tuned enough to make sense as a drawing. Drawing masters of the 1500s, we salute you!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Reflection: Week One

This is a watercolor painting by Sara Stites.
I thought this first week was fun. Everything we did was new to me so I learned a lot about the shape of the skull. Drawing the skull was challenging, but I enjoyed getting to know it. I think mapping out the skull in clay helped me understand how the parietal bones work.