Art Camp - Week 1

This past month I've re-enrolled in Noah's Art Camp. Some of you may remember that I signed up for it last year in November. That was when I mark the beginning of this painting journey. This time around the set up is completely different with a dedicated forum for all of us to participate in discussions, critique or casual art chat. So far it is a wonderful upgrade from using Facebook. Our first week of homework was very fun and enjoyable however it began when Anson departed so balancing homework and staying distracted and sane is a bit difficult. Here's what I published to my sketchbook on tumblr with a bit of commentary. I hope that you find this interesting.

This first set of drawings are abstract shape studies. The original painting is left, center is the line work and filled in, and last just the line work. For all of these I worked upside-down.

Abstract-Shapes1-Naomi-VanDoren
Abstract-Shapes1-Naomi-VanDoren
Abstract-Shapes2-Naomi-VanDoren
Abstract-Shapes2-Naomi-VanDoren

Next is a cast study drawing by Charle Bargue. I would love to do an actual cast drawing someday but they're quite expensive.

Bargue-Drawings-Hand-1-Naomi-VanDoren
Bargue-Drawings-Hand-1-Naomi-VanDoren

Master study drawings. I skipped ahead on the painting "A Maiden in Contemplation" because I felt like it was too simple. I may do more of these as I think there is a lot to learn by drawing a painting or drawing a master drawing. For all of these I rely on a few guide lines to assist in accuracy. I like to guess at the placement of the lines and then double check. I also work with rather straight lines first. Rather than attempting a curve I break it down into a few straight angles that I then round out.

Master-Study-Drawings-1-Naomi-VanDoren
Master-Study-Drawings-1-Naomi-VanDoren
Master-Study-Drawings-2-Naomi-VanDoren
Master-Study-Drawings-2-Naomi-VanDoren