Thursday, March 12, 2009


Monday, February 9, 2009

Scientific Method

Originally I did not have any idea of the question was that I wanted to explore. The only thing I knew was the technique was that I wanted to use. This is where my mind usually goes first is how do I want to create it, even before I realize what it is I want to create.

The idea I had was to use layers of transparent paper and create marks on each layer. Then overlapping the layers would create a full image. My original Idea for content was to use nature and more specifically was a tree.

Another idea for content was to create bubbles on each layer which in turn would then give the impression of liquid.

Talking with the group members, I was able to generate a question with their help.

What is a marks potential?
More so, when looking at an image most people see the image itself and not the individual marks that make up the image. How can one use individual marks that are identifiable separately but together they also form into something new.

Using the idea of trees, one could show seasons though the layers, or the life cycle of the tree, from young to old to death.

Why a tree... It seems that I gravitate towards trees in drawing more so then any other subject matter. It generally comes down to the controlled chaos that is represented through the branches of the tree. The tree's branches are very random in the lines that they create.

To recreate this, very random marks could be made on the layers of the paper. The more the paper is layered on each other, the more those random marks are controlled by the overall form that is created by the random mark mass. Ultimately forming into a tree form.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Thursdays Discussion

There were some questions that we tried to answer in the the previous class discussion. I quickly jotted down some notes while we were discussing these questions.

1. make a list of what drawings have been used for in the past throughout history.
-tell stories with cave paintings
-only means of historic records
-floor plans/architectural designs
-early forms of comics
2. Compare and contrast that with how they are used in the present.
-a lot more visual
-storyboarding/motion drawing
-another form of expression
-still used for architectural/floor plans
3. talk about how each of us have encountered drawings as a viewer.
-inspired to recreate things in the real world, draw what you see.
-drawing not a established fine art medium.
-Not much within museums
4. How have you experienced drawing as a maker of art. How is it related to what you do.
-teacher, express why I like drawing
-foundation of all art forms, start with a drawing, planning, mapping out.
-every single project starts with drawing, storyboards
5. When has drawing been most interesting to you.
-since kids, loves comics, don't have to worry about proper presentation
-when you really push it, to make it better, how to improve it
-how beautiful it can look really representational or very simplistic
-The surprise of the finished drawing, better then what you realized when you were creating.
6. What should drawing be used for.
-has so much potential that to say it should be used for one thing or another is very limiting it.
-so valuable for anything

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Drawings Deffinition


A creation of an artist’s interpretation of a subject matter or concept that is made by the use of various mediums & techniques.


composition, lighting, line variation, range of value, depth of field.

We came to the conclusion that all our photos that we took are in comparison to the photos on the website. The photos are a lot closer focused and more abstract. It seems easier to find drawings in objects when the image is abstracted and unrecognizable.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Self Portrait

Don't care to much for it, for the most part the eyes. They ended up to big but the nose seems to be correctly done. The mouth was hard to see and draw on account of the beard covering a good portion of it.

Final ReviewThoughts

This semester in Life drawing I feel I have improved my drawing ability greatly. When I started I was relying solely on the outlines of objects and concentrating on what I thought I saw. This class has taught me to draw more based on shapes and to look for anatomical marks that will really help with location and proportion.

I also started this class with very broad lines, that was essentially one continuous line. I have worked past that and developed a more sketcherly quality. Varying line thickness and even not worrying about defining a whole shape with a prominent line.

On a similar note, my original thoughts about the human figure was to draw things fluent, smooth, and organic since thats what your eyes see. When in contrast, one should draw things with sharper angles and not be afraid to use corners. This will in turn give your drawings a more life like feeling as apposed to the soft organic drawings.

When incorporating those two elements into my drawings I was able to produce drawings like the last two in the previous blog post; the human back view and the eye sockets.

The manikan helped a great deal. Before the class I had a general idea of the muscle locations, or at least the large bodies of muscles. Working with the manikan however help me realize how the muscles attach at the joints, which has always been in question for me. With particualr focus on the knee, ankle and hips. As well as the elbow wrist and shoulder. I never really understood how the arms and legs attached to the body, but now I have a better idea.

In all I think I will be taking alot out of this class and I hope I can carry it over into my other works.