Our model, Sebastian has trained in boxing for many years, so we took advantage of this and had him provide quick dynamic poses. The drawings were mad with brush and ink, some also with a long bamboo stick. There is no time to think and through this panic and then letting go the student produces drawings that contain movement and power.
This allowed the students to apply their knowledge of anatomy on a larger scale, to not feel ”squeezed” and pressured by the paper size.
I was asked during the Easter term to teach drawing classes at Imperial college. I decided to do something a little different (for me) and teach some anatomy. By using photo reference and model with an athletes physique we set to work placing the muscular structure onto the body. This had two main results 1) The students quickly gained an understanding of anatomy in a very shirt period of time and 2) The students really got a sense of how to overcome spacial problems by breaking the space apart. Many of these students haven’t drawn for years if at all. I do not say this to cover their tracks but rather point out how good these drawings are and the level they have achieved, despite their lack of art practice. You will see this come up again and again in the next few posts by these students.
Here is the second section of drawings from the RCA classes, the large ink wash drawings are beautiful. Over the last few years, due to college funding classes are less and less. Even so the students and myself have recognised that this means a doubling of our efforts to achieve a level of attainment. Thanks to all that came.
Been a long time since any class updates. Well here are images from the Easter and summer term, college wide.
Over the past term I have taught several classes at the National Gallery. I have tried to create a link between the life studio work, the students personal work (MA work) and to try to get the students to think about the famous images they copy from in a new way through drawing.
These paintings are from last academic term at Imperial College. This included learning how to spot and mix paints, spacial relationships, tone, portraits and most successful of all: Imaginary Landscapes, where the students changed panels and reworked the image, painting on top of each others work.
I was invited to Wyoming with the Ogilvy SMP over the 4th July holiday. Here are images from two classes, a life drawing class and abstract expressionist class. Birthplace of Pollock so why not. Again a different group of people some of whom have not drawn in many years.
In May I took a class for Ogilvy’s World Wide Board. Among those in attendance was Worldwide Chief Creative Officer and Chairman, Tham Khai Meng for whom this was his second Mamo class. The class took place in the Hotel Unique in the Jardins district of Sao Paulo.
Here are a selection of images and quotes from the class
We always enjoy these creative inspiration sessions – so bring them on. Got the right brain going – felt like I was back in the caves 🙂 Bring a flint!
– Paul Heath – Chief Executive Officer – Ogilvy & Mather Asia Pacific
“Martin Morris leads rapid-fire life drawing workshops for artists and non-artists alike–one of the most freeing experiences I have had in a professional setting. If creativity matters to you, the workshop is a great way to tune up your perceptual and visual skills–while having fun!”
– Carla Hendra Global Chairman, OgilvyRed
“Martin’s mark-making class was, hands down, the most amazing creative experience I’ve had as an adult. I’m one of those people who truly believed, before Martin’s class, that my ability to be creative through visual mediums had been left in gradeschool. Not so. The historical background he gave was enough to whet my appetite, and the level of comfort and creative energy that he generated in the room was amazing. In under 2 hours, I was able to produce easily the best drawings I’ve ever made in my life, all because of some mental and marking exercises that temporarily relieved me of the societal inhibitions and restrictions that normally stifle my creativity. Yes, it’s one of those experience I won’t ever forget as long as I live; but more importantly, it’ll affect my most important career decisions.”
– Justin White, Research Analyst, Ogilvy & Mather New York
Here are a selection of Images from the Mamo Sao Paulo class for Ogilvy’s WWB. Some draw on occasion others not for several years and some not since childhood. The ink drawings are quite brilliant.