Sunday, July 24, 2011

Keep on keepin' on

Here is a longer figure drawing - about three hours. That seems like it should be a lot of time, but it goes by so quickly!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Life Drawing

I'm not enrolled in a class this summer, but I am going to be attending a weekly life drawing session at PAFA. Since I haven't taken a life drawing class at the Academy, I feel pretty clueless, but I'm trying to apply some of the techniques I learned in my cast drawing class and muddle through. Here is a relatively short sketch (30 or 40 minutes) of Stephanie.

Sunday, May 8, 2011


The end of the semester has arrived, so this will be my last cast drawing post. I'm really glad I took this class. I plan to stay involved at PAFA one way or another. Here is a three-session drawing of Homer.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Another Venus

Here is an exercise I did on two pieces of paper, so the final drawing is quite large by my standards.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Copying drawings

Part of the homework I do for my cast drawing class is copying some classic drawings by great artists, such as Ingres and Bargue. I'm doing this to help improve my observation skills. Here's a copy of a Rafael drawing in progress.

Saturday, March 19, 2011


I hope everyone had a great St. Patrick's Day. We enjoyed watching the Richmond Spiders win their first game in the NCAA tournament.
Here is a more finished cast drawing of a sculpture of Venus:

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Cast Drawing

I am taking a cast drawing class at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. The cast hall is full of beautiful sculptures, mostly copies of Greek and Roman figures. For at least the past couple of centuries now, art students have been dutifully drawing them in charcoal to improve their technique in representing proportion and form. It has been a fun, challenging, educational experience so far. I'll post some images along the way. Here is one I did the second or third class.