I drew this after the Oregon shooting. Today there’s one at NAU.
Here’s a thing I painted as a live demo at SeaGL.
Also, I started a life drawing group. Seattle’s only FREE life drawing group! Learn more at http://bit.do/bldc . I’m due for a huge sketchbook scanning weekend, so I’ll post more life drawing shortly.
Conventional artistic wisdom skews heavily against drawing from photography. Indeed, the oldest example I’ve found is from Solomon Solomon, arguing against it when cameras were still industrial monstrosities, rather than something we all have in our pocket.
I contend that part of the reason photo drawing sucks is that you have infinite leisure to use the photo. Thus, you dawdle and over-analyze, and it ends up stinky. A live model’s continually subtle shifts make the artist’s brain process the real essence of the pose, even if it’s an hours- long pose. Therefore, if your photo reference is held to a 30 second to 10 minute window, might you be forced to process it faster?
Other unorthodox sites let you fake it, with enjoyably more random results. At times my homepage has included Arkive.org’s random species, Flicker’s Interesting Photos from 7 Days, or Panoptikos, which jams a bunch of photo subreddits together. This lets you hit refresh until you see something you like, then draw it. But you get the two downsides: Choosing your subject (resulting in refreshing for 15 minutes) and no time constraints.
However, the best lifedrawing software out there is right behind this window! Right now! It’s your desktop.
First, spend some time on the internet hoarding pictures of interest. I tend to seek out pics with good costumes, interesting characters, nudes (get this: they’re all over the internet!), faces, and animals, but I try not to be picky. Save ’em all in a giant folder. Mine’s got over 14,000 pics!
Next, change your desktop background preferences to use that directory, and change randomly every 30 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes, etc. Set your computer down, and just draw whatever shows up as your new wallpaper.
I took a one-week painting course with Nana Bagdavazde recently. It was a lot of fun, especially since painting has been very difficult to achieve by since having a baby 18 months ago.
My muscles were super-rusty at the start, but by the end I’d figured a lot of ideas out. A big change was realizing that the whole point of oil painting should be how baby-friendly it is! If you’ve got a secured room, you can duck out when your kid’s awake, hang out for 6 hours, and when you go back the palette will still be wet and ready for action.
The last picture is my buddy Ike, a work in progress. The amount of it I busted out in very short time made me happy, and highlighted the rust that had been shaken off by the course. Hooray!