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.
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.
I animated, designed and composited on this promo, directed by Ross McDowell and Ben Murray through Bullion Productions. Back Projected onto a 50 foot screen and shot in camera with a little post added afterwards.