Thursday, December 15, 2005

Figure Drawing

For the first time in years, I went figure drawing a couple of days ago. I was excited to draw from life again, to flex the old muscles and take a break from the computer. My biggest influences in school in terms working from life were Jim McMullan and Steven Assael, and their teachings still resonate in my linework. Their respective approaches couldn't be more different, but I gleaned what I could from these two masters. Hopefully, I'll get to post a few drawings every week . . .


Anonymous said...

These are candied mint leaves dipped in rose water.

10:07 PM  
Anonymous said...

fantastic, thank you for posting these!

3:49 AM  
Shawn Escott said...

Great drawings! Nice sense of weight. What are you drawing with to get that dark with your lines?

6:57 AM  
Chris Hope said...

beautiful james.

9:08 AM  
Process Recess said...

Shawn - I am using a black ball point pen I picked up from a sushi place in LA called Sasabune.

Chris - Thanks! Very cool sketches on your blog -- looking forward to seeing the finishes!

10:23 AM  
Anonymous said...

Fantastic pieces James, specially, the first drawing its really nice.


11:25 AM  
anadministrator said...

Kudos! I believe live model drawing improves ones skills more than anything else. I'm a little rusty, come to think of it. The drawings are great, btw. Thanks for sharing them!

1:19 PM  
Alice Meichi said...

Patches and trajectory lines.. I had an inkling that you were a McMullan disciple. :x He's on sabbatical now, planning to retire.. Lovely work, as always! I'm also curious as to what medium you used..

8:28 PM  
Anonymous said...

They actually could be "more different".

2:16 AM  
Bruno Merz said...

Absolutely beautiful work. Your line style is so descriptive and refined. Do you look at bits of the body as only shapes, seperate to what they are, or do you see it always as a whole? Or both?

4:18 AM  
Process Recess said...

alvaro - thanks!
anadministrator - figure drawing is great for building skill -- right now I look forward to it like a good jog or bike ride along the beach.
alice - Jim was the most eloquent teacher I ever had. Some people found him a bit dogmatic, but I always enjoyed what he had to say.
anon - they both loved form
bruno - i look at how the body is working as a whole, and respond to how the fleshy parts fall and rise as the line travels across and through the body. I think if I painted the figure with a large brush, my response to the whole of the figure would be clearer. Ball point pen can be a bit slow. I do like rendering the nooks and crannies though . . .

12:03 PM  
Mike Young said...

Beautiful drawings, James. Your work is a real inspiration. I've been working furiously in my sketchbook after picking up your book (It took me days before I could set it down.)

Once this holiday madness is over I hope to go to my own first-life-drawing-class-in-years. After looking at your stuff I'm going to start experimenting more with my line work.

Keep up the great work.

9:39 PM  
Process Recess said...

Thanks, Mike! Glad you were able to get a copy of my book. Figure drawing has definitely gotten me to evaluate my lazy habits -- drawing from imagination all the time can lead to a stagnating line.

2:20 AM  
Br1 said...

wow, it´s very cool, great work!

11:56 AM  
Jenny said...

Holy****! *speechless*

Beautiful. Thanks for posting all of this.

2:46 PM  
Process Recess said...

Br1 and Jenny - thanks for the kind w*rds!

8:30 PM  
Brad Reid said...

Don't let it go to your head, but I have a feeling you're one of these guys that operates at a level that's above 95% of the general population. Now here's a challenge to you, because it's just the sort of thing I'm hungry for: What would the comic book/graphic novel be like that was just as good as you? (You'll have to excuse me, but when I say things, I like to really say things.)

6:15 AM  
Stef said...

Holy cow James! your life drawings are superb!
Happy new year!

1:50 AM  
gitong said...

marvelous. I think i'm going to make my own drawing

6:01 PM  

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