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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Color theory fun

Look at the colors at the center of each blotch are they the same or different. Color theory is fun for this reason. I am sadly enjoying this class more than life drawing although my strength is in drawing the human figure. Well come and leave some comments on my blog and hey lick at some of the adds and maybe click on something that interest you.

These are a few new drawing for my life drawing class.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Here is a charcoal and conte crayon I drew last night for my Life Drawing class. I used a drawing paper that was a blue gray and really added a new tone to my drawing.

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Torso

Not quite as proud of these two as I am of others. Here I used pencils, charcoal, and white conte crayon. Tell me what you think.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Figure study of the lower extremities.

Drew this with a set of pencils my father got me for Christmas years ago. I never used to use pencil sets. I would just draw with a #2 mechanical pencil. It's really a lot of fun to play around with. I look forward to doing more of this. Sunday I will have another assignment for the torso. After that I will work with the hand and feet. I wonder at what point in this class we will start drawing models?

Friday, November 20, 2009

This is not an art related post. As many of you know or could at lease guess, I am currently unemployed. I came to a decision recently to reenlist in the army National Guard for at least one more year and pursue a full time job as an administrator. I have enjoyed my time in the military, plus I just need a job, plus it pays really well for someone not trained in admin per say. My only real worry is that my schooling will be affected. My only real conflict is that I have to pass my PT test (ie. run.) I have always hated running. I could give you all sorts of scientific reasons why you shouldn't run. I could give you personal reasons why I shouldn't run. But it is a standard for the army and I must pass it.
So all of this week I have run. I found a program on the internet that is supposed to help you get trained in just 4 weeks. The first week you run a 1/2 mile and walk the rest of two miles and every week after you add one more half mile to the total run, subtracting a half from the walk. I walked from my front door to the track (exactly a 1/2 mile away) at the High School in my home town. Starting on Monday morning I ran 1/2 mile and walked 2 miles. Tuesday the same except it felt a little better. Wednesday I added an extra half a lap to my run. Thursday, I ran my 1/2 mile than ran the lengths of the track and walked the curves. This adds up to running 1 mile. This morning I ran my 1/2 mile ran my lengths and added one more full lap around the track. This adds up to a mile and 1/4. I am done for this week but I am going to keep on this program the week of Thanksgiving. If I can do it through Friday of next week than that will be a true test to my commitment.
I feel that the change I made to get better was nothing more than a new mantra to say to myself while I was running. It used to be "I hate running," or "this is torture" or "I can't breathe" now I tell myself "I love to run." I know that it's not true and in fact is sarcasm, but I hope that soon it might be true.
I hate to give up a hate of something. I am a pretty positive guy and so when I have something I detest it really becomes the focal point of all my aggression. I think that, that is a healthy way to be. So it's like giving up an old pare of shoes, giving up something you hate. Your familur with it you know all it's flaws. You are comfortable dispite that it is no longer good to hang onto it. In the case of the shoe, you should really get rid of the shoes once your big toe is hanging out of it. With the thing that you hate, you might realize that there is something to be gained by no longer hating it.
I still think there are healthier ways to exercise but as I said it is an army standard and thus I have to do it and I might even start to enjoy it.

Color Theory

My second class that I have longed for, for a long time (I'm sorry I love how that sounds) is color theory. A strange class to long for, I know but I feel that we have only ever skimmed the surface. In all of my education from elementary school forward we have talked about which colors mix to make what, in chemistry we learned about how color's work and how. But this class can teach me how to mix paints to get a specific goal. one thing I learned in this class was that in the early 1930's there was a National Bureau of standards which was in charge of categorizing colors. the project was scraped when categories like grayish, yellowish, pink had over 30,000 entries (Understanding Color by Linda Holtzshue.) It is a fun class where I get to play around with color. So far I haven't had to even get my hands dirty but starting this next week we should be playing with paints.

First assignments for life drawing

It's a new term and I am finally able to take too classes I have longed for, for a long time. Life drawing is one of them. These first couple of assignments were just to get us familiar with proportions as well as the muscle and skeleton of the upper extremities. the stick figure exercise was done using Maggie, my wife and a few self portraits. It's supposed to tell a story and I think that it does a little. I wish I had drawn them linearly but in this way it creates an abstract story that anyone can make for themselves.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Perspective final Artist Statement

I want you to view this scene as a story that hasn’t ever been told. Feel that this is a place that was once sacred and now the forest has over whelmed it. The forest is one part destroyer and one part protector; Destroying the edifice yet protecting it from plunderers and vandals. The statue in the center looks untouched in all this ruin. Like it has been waiting all this time for this unknown hero of the story to come and take up the sword she holds.

I love looking at art and seeing little details that seem to share a secret. In my observations I have discovered that there is a difference between art that tries to be art for itself and art that is in tribute to a much larger theme. The theme itself is the focus and not the painting, drawing, or sculpture. It is my intention to just show the viewer an image of this story as if it is already known. In this way the drawing itself is not the art. It is only a description. When one views this drawing I hope they will see something of a much grander nature. Imagine how one feels today looking at paintings from the Renaissance. You might be a Christian and not know the themes that were dealt with over and over again by hundreds of artist during that time. Yet the people who viewed those paintings during the artist lifetime would have known the theme and would have viewed the painting in a different way than people today. They would expect to see certain things in the paintings, recurring themes. I want the viewer of this drawing to feel the same sort of mystery that he or she would looking at art from an different culture or time. The challenge is to create this scene with that sort of back-story. Something like that takes time.

I originally conceived of this scene three years ago. I wanted from the beginning to do a perspective drawing of this grotto overgrown by forest and undergrowth. I didn’t have the skills to render it the way I Wanted to nor the knowledge of the scene. For a long time I have worked and reworked certain features of it: I designed the building and built it in a 3d program, I drew out the statute with the sword until it looked right and now I have finished a drawing of it in perspective. I have slowly invented this scene in every concept possible. Invention is not creating something new but rather taking things that are known and using them in a new application.

In the future I will continue to work on this scene. Even if I think I have done a good job with it I feel that it is necessary to re-approach a scene again and again because it shows how much one has grown as an artist.

James Stansfield

Final for Perspective class

Today is the last day of my first term. It was a little hard at times but I feel I really learned a lot about perspective here is my final assignment. I will include my artist statement.