So here is some of my art homework from my online class, and I mean some... because I have a lot of drawings from this class; it's been so great drawing this much again, it's been very therapeutic for me while kicking my little behind at the same time. I wanted to show some of the homework because when I have mentioned to people I'm taking a class online they think it's an easy class with not that much work and I can do it my own time line, but it's far from that, I have hard assignments, I have dead lines, I have hour long lectures, I get video critiques, I research a lot, and I draw from life while wrestling with two kids. I have to rethink how I see the body while I work on my assignments that I have to turn off my music or movies to fully concentrate, when I usually watch a movie or two while working on art commissions, so it's been taking a lot of concentration and my drawings don't even look half as awesome as my teacher... somewhat frustrating, that's why he works at pixar and I don't ha ha.
Anyway, so here are some of my home work this past month. These aren't finish drawings so they don't look so great, they are just exercises to help us push our drawings. This one we had to draw silhouettes of the figure, and we were to focus on visual communication, and if need to change positions of limbs or the whole body itself so you can read the silhouette better and know what's going on. Looking back on some of these assignments I see how bad I was on some of them.
For this week we had to focus on space, or perspective so things don't look flat on the page, I really didn't execute that very well that week, ha ha now looking back on these, but for half of the assignment we had to draw with our subordinate hand, so that explains the squiggly lines. This first page was from life with my left hand.
This week was exaggeration, I'm getting better but I still play it "safe" with my drawings. One day I will get it....
Also that week we had to pick an animal to start studying so we knew the anatomy so well that we could short hand it, in other words know it so well that we could draw it in any position or angle and know it as well as the human body. So here are some of my deer studies.
This last assignment we had to look at the life model video and draw the model as the animal we were studying. And it couldn't look like a human pose, but how the animal would naturally would pose, if that makes sense... so no Mickey Mouse, where it's a mouse carrying a brief case like a human, but like Ratatouille where they move like a rat.
Anyway, super hard, I don't think I concentrated so hard on an assignment before. So the teacher basically did some elephant sketches while he watched the model than after 20 minutes he said it was our turn, ha ha I was pretty pathetic in 20 minutes I had 2 drawings and they didn't look like deer they looked look like a person in a deer costume, I just about died. I wondered what I was going to do since the homework was due in a few days, we had no internet for a week, so I didn't have a week and half like most assignments, so this last week I have been up very late, drawing, drawing, drawing, failing, drawing, drawing, failing again, watched some Bambi for inspiration, and finally things started clicking and finally my drawings started to look like deer. They are far from perfect but I'm proud of my deer drawings because earlier this week I couldn't do this, some of them still look too human but o well I'm still learning.
That's what I love about art, it's such a humbling and spiritual experience. There have been so many times in college where we would have an assignment and I wouldn't know how I was going to do it, it seemed impossible but by the end of the week I produce the thing I thought I couldn't do. With hard work and prayer all things are possible. Many times I have prayed for help in my art, this week I did, and the Lord blessed me, I still had to work hard, I drew late hours of the night but I did it! So yes, I'm proud of these deers, but we will see if I will still be proud of them after my critique from my teacher.
Also this week, Thomas has been drawing as well. He blows my mind how awesome he is, this is a self portrait he did the other day, and the Harry Potter one I showed on Facebook already but he did another one, the face was way better but this one had the full body, anyway I'm curious to see if he will keep it up.
Anyway, probably boring post to most of you, so if you read all of it awesome!