Here are a selection of images from two classes I ran for Ogilvy in Las Vegas in March this year. The group was made up of people from various areas of expertise, not all were from creative or arts backgrounds. Through various methods, within the framing of a life drawing class and later and class based on the drawings and approaches of Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec, delegates were encouraged to let accidents happen and make mistakes with the view that this type of thinking in regard the creative process leads to ”good” drawings. This was set within a framework of simple rules and goals that when making the drawings mitigated the risk of failure and unlocked and tapped into creative thinking and image making in each delegate, allowing for new experiences, discoveries and outcomes. Thanks to all who came.
Here are the images from the third and final group at Kingston Uni.
Here are the images from the second groups two day workshop at Kingston Uni.
Here are photos from the first of three, two day work shops I taught at Kingston Uni for the BA Illustration/Animation students. The Goal was to get the students to loosen up and think about making marks in a more intuitive way and get them out of the habit of making small, tight fine liner pen drawings. The final exercise was to put the figure on an A1 sheet and make the marks intuitive, the space believable and interesting; and to get the students concentration levels up so they were putting in as much energy into the final 45 min drawing as they had in the 40 second drawings.
Each group differed in their dynamics but all rose up to the challenge.
At the start the level of skill varied across the class but all made some fantastic images.This is group 001. Group 002 and 03 will follow.
Thank you to all those that attended the RCA Alumni class this year. Much ground covered and some new faces along with the regulars.
In this years session I tried to instill the idea of the importance of copying in learning about drawing, to understand each individual sees and feels different things in a image they are transcribing and how the interaction between the artists and the image being copied changes the way in which the artists thinks, feels and draws.
This was, as with many classes, a risky en-devour as classes are not held like this at the RCA anymore (which is often considered a more classical, old school approach) but the results show for themselves.
Thanks to all of those who came.
This exercise allowed for students to study a A1 copy of a famous painting and apply the things they saw and felt from producing a copy of the A1 painting (composition, light, dynamics etc) to the posed figure. Thanks to all who came to the classes, it was great fun.
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.