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August 20, 2009

08/15/09 Student’s drawings.

Filed under: 4-Portrait Workshop — pendantportraits @ 2:24 pm

I invited the participants from the portrait workshop in August to send digital photos of their drawings to post on this blog. I received these from Lindsay H., who is a game design major and a painting minor. She worked with a different model each day, and used each day’s theme to focus her priorities.

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Lindsay’s Day 1 drawings (about 20-25 minutes each). Graphite on white paper.

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Lindsay’s Day 2 drawings (the one at the far right was about 35-40 minutes). Conte and white charcoal on coffee-toned paper.

Lindsay’s Day 3 drawing, below (about 75-80 minutes). Black and white charcoal on gray pastel paper.

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August 15, 2009

081209 / 081309 / 081409 – Portrait Workshop

Filed under: 4-Portrait Workshop — pendantportraits @ 4:26 pm

PortraitSession_gradPianter4bAs part of this Fellowship, I offered three portrait sessions for members of the SCAD PortraitSession_gradPainter2community. The sessions were held in a classroom in Alexander Hall on Thursday, August 12; Friday, August 13, and Saturday, August 14. I chose consecutive days to create a workshop-like environment and momentum. Nine individuals participated, including graduate painters, undergraduate students, alumni, and a faculty member.

The focus of each day built upon the prior session, so that by the end, participants were creating full-tone portrait drawings with dry and waterbased drawing media. Information was fresh from day to day, and participants readily worked outside of their comfort zones. The participants experienced particular success on the last day in the use of dry drawing media over hand-made fixed tone grounds within an oval format. The photographs were taken on the second of the three-day workshop.

PortraitSession_VSFXmajor_2One participant observed, “I came away from it with a new way to approach drawing.  How rich is that!” Another commented at length: “Thank you so much for such an informative and enjoyable three days of Portrait Sessions! I found it beneficial on a number of levels.  The range of techniques that we were exposed to through your mini-lectures and examples were really eye-opening. It was a unique opportunity to then experiment with these techniques because of the materials you had available for us to try out. The methods of distressing the paper and layering were something I will be exploring in the future. Your help, if we needed it, was invaluable and I will be working on the things we discussed to further develop my portrait work.  Seeing you work, as well as my peers, was inspirational and also provided many lessons. I feel that I have many more tools at my disposal to develop my work as a result of the three day portrait workshop.”

Participants received a daily goal and objectives list in advance, as follows:

Day 1: Thursday, August 13  IN THE ROUND

Daily GOAL. Gain sculptural (plastic) sense of a portrait subject’s likeness.

Objective a) Create three drawings of the same model from different positions.
Objective b) Create portrait drawings with clear separation of light and shadow.PortraitSession_GradPainter1
Objective c) Discuss plastic vs. graphic purposes.

SUPPLIES: Three pieces of white drawing paper (your choice), 11×14 or larger. Graphite pencils HB and 3B at least. Razor blade and sandpaper block for pointing pencils. Red and other colors of conte and/or pastel pencils. Kneaded eraser. Paper stumps (tortillons). Drawing board. Masking tape or binder clips. Any other supplies you’d like to bring.

Day 2: Friday, August 14  TONED GROUND

Daily GOAL: Expand the aesthetic and formal means of portrait drawing through use of a toned ground.

Objective a) Utilize and combine different types of hand-toned grounds, including wet and dry as well as fixed and workable.
Objective b) Develop the figure-ground relationship.
Objective c) Discuss additional ways that the toned ground can be developed.

SUPPLIES: All first day supplies. 3 pieces of toned drawing or pastel paper, 11×14 or larger. White conte. White charcoal pencil and/or white pastel pencil.PortraitSession_PNTGmajor

Day 3: Saturday, August 15 OVAL FORMAT

Daily GOAL: Compose the portrait subject within an oval format.

Objective a) Create standard and custom oval formats through use of templates and measurements.
Objective b) Learn strategies for placement and scaling of the portrait subject within the oval.
Objective c) Discuss additional ways to enrich the oval mat through illusion and overlay.

SUPPLIES: All previous supplies. Plan for three drawings, 11×14 or larger.

The participants also received a daily itinerary, as follows:

Day 1 Itinerary – In the Round.  Th Aug 13

2:30 – 3:00 Model and Work station set-up / mingling.
3:00 – 3:15  Daily Goal / objectives review.  Daily Topic intro / images.
3:15 – 3:40  First pose.PortraitSession_GradPainter3
3:40 – 3:50  Ten minute break / review of work.
3:50 – 4:15  Second pose (artists relocate around model in same pose).
4:15 – 4:25  Ten minute break / review of work.
4:25 – 4:50  Third pose (artists relocate around model in same pose).
4:50 – 5:00  Review of work and planning for Day 2 (toned grounds).

Day 2 Itinerary – Toned Ground.  F Aug 14.
2:30 Model and Work station set-up / mingling.
3:00 – 3:15  Daily Goal / objectives review.  Daily Topic intro / images.
3:15 – 3:35  First pose (head and torso rotated).
3:35 – 3:40  Change positions / step-back time / stretch break.
3:40 – 4:00  Second pose (same pose with light relocated).
4:00 – 4:05  Change positions / step-back time / stretch break.PortraitSession_alumna
4:05 – 4:45  Third pose with stretch break, if needed.
4:50 – 5:00  Review of work and planning for Day 3 (oval format).

Day 3 Itinerary – Oval Format.  Saturday Aug 15.

2:30 Model and Work station set-up / mingling.
3:00-3:15  Daily Goal / objectives review.  Daily Topic intro / images: oval format.
3:15 – 3:35  First pose (dynamic head, torso, eyes, and light pose).
3:35 – 3:40  Change positions / step-back time / stretch break.
3:40 – 4:00 Second interval (same pose, restart drawing).
4:00 – 4:05  Change positions / step-back time / stretch break.
4:05 – 4:45  Third pose (no change). Stretch break, if needed.
4:50 – 5:00 Review of work / lessons learned /future action.

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