Gage Academy of Art – Week 3

Well, friends, today we started week three of our five week course. We started charcoal and a two-class drawing. We covered preparing the contour and then adding some initial value. I assume next week we will continue to turn the form and finishing it up. I felt like I had a bit of a break through with my contour tonight.
Now, I don’t know if it was due to the fact that we were using charcoal pencils instead of graphite or if I am just starting to get muscle memory for the new way we’ve been holding our pencils.  Regardless, I was pleased with my progress.  After I got to the point shown above, I was nervous to move on to adding value. I ended the class on the image below, having added some initial tone but not completing it.  That’s how I’ll be spending my three hours next week.

Gage Academy of Art – Week 2

Hello again! Last week, contour drawing. – This week we were turning form. I think mine turned out ok. The paper I was using had a lot more tooth than it should have. For some reason the recommended brand doesn’t come in smooth any more. The new way of holding my pencil is also holding me up a bit. I need to practice.

The roadblock with the pencil is my left-handed brain.  So, it may sound weird to you right-handers, if you’ve never had to learn something from a lefty.  But looking at how a pencil is being held in a right hand and converting that to how I would hold it and use it in my left hand is kinda tricky. Try to learn something from an “other” hander and you will understand.

Once, in wood shop in 9th grade, I was using a jig saw.  I had my hands placed exactly where the shop teacher explained they should be for safety. My hands were backwards.  You know what that means? I came about five jig saw cuts close to cutting my left thumb off.  Luckily, I moved my hand in time.

Next week we start charcoal.  This week – practice adding value!