Saturday, January 07, 2006

Figure Drawing III


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Once in a while, you'll come across a model that rattles your nerves. The line fails to live up to the observed form, and any confidence dissolves. When this happens, it's best to clear the mind, abandon the drawing, and start fresh, rather than sink into a murky, tangled mess. Ah well . . . better luck next time.

17 Comments:

Thomas said...

is that pencil or pen?

11:53 AM  
LDahl said...

Beautiful, beautiful drawings. I'm really enjoying your blog.

2:37 PM  
Process Recess said...

Thomas - ball point pen

Idahl - thank you!

2:33 PM  
ArmyBoy said...

She has such stunning eyes. You may say you failed in form—but the feeling you captured is exquisite.

7:54 PM  
TROPICAL TOXIC said...

these are great! I'm rattling all over the place just looking at these-- your failure is our best fortune.

8:24 PM  
Anonymous said...

these drawings + Mr.Pibb + Red Vine = Crazy Delicious

10:10 PM  
an said...

nice. im not sure but your drawing styl have changed . looks more simple.

10:12 PM  
Anonymous said...

Hi James Jean:

Beautiful stuff. I've followed your work for a long time, but had forgotten that you were a student of McMullan's until I saw your drawings here. I was in his class for a couple of years too, but I'm still stuggling with the techniques.

I'm interested to know what kind of paper and pencil you like to draw with. That looks like a sketchbook you are using and maybe a Sanford Ebony? Care to share some nerdy drawing details?

David Sloss
jmail@davidsloss.net

5:59 AM  
Sam Bradley said...

James, really wonderful life drawing. You inspired me to post a few of my own over on my blog.

I really like the sketchbook/ballpoint look; i've never taken a serious stab at life drawing like that. I think i'll have to give it a shot though.

4:30 PM  
Anonymous said...

Hi, I've been a big fan of your work for some time now. You really have a style that is new and different. I love it. I was wondering what type of sketchbooks you use?

-David.

5:29 PM  
Eliane said...

Extremely Dutch legs.

7:38 PM  
kozyndan said...

Hi James, quite an honor and a surprise fto find you at our regular life drawing session. I have to admit that drawing next to you was inspiring and intimdating. I am looking forward to more of that!

As you know I have always though your work brilliant...

9:34 AM  
Process Recess said...

armyboy - she offered something amazing with each pose, but it was so difficult to express what I was seeing.
trop/tox - good to see you on here, tomer.
anon - double true
an - brevity is the soul of wit . . maximum meaning, minimum means
David - I'm drawing with ballpoint pen in a regular sketchbook with good paper. Jim's teachings may take some time to absorb, since they seem to come to light with solid draftsmanship, which is a whole other struggle that takes constant work and practice.
sam - long live life drawing
David - the sketchbook i'm drawing in now was a gift, but the paper has some weight to it. It won't tear under pressure.
Eliane - 'dutch legs' sounds apt, though I have no idea what you mean. ;)
kozyndan - look forward to seeing you two there again, and perhaps absorb some that kozyndan goodness

12:25 AM  
Smook said...

I am mesmorized by your beautiful life studies! Beautiful work indeed!

8:06 AM  
J said...

So much lyricism in these. I love how the multiple poses work together on a single page.
Beautiful work.
j

5:18 AM  
Anonymous said...

May I ask you where is your figure class?

6:56 PM  
Lee-Roy said...

Yes, please do tell where you take this class... I'm also in Los Angeles and am always looking for good (and/or difficult) teachers.

Thanks,

Lee-Roy

1:47 AM  

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