I counted my post and I've already posted enough (I think), but I feel bad about the bird homework and wanted to post some bonus sketches that I did one Saturday earlier on, at around Halloween. I figure it can't hurt!
Drawing some models and a student during Tardino's "Art Explorer Post"
This was one of the decorations on the food table at the halloween party the high school kids had.
I found this cool video of birds accidentally colliding over a piece of food. That's what the two top and the bottom left one are from. The lower middle and right ones are from a slow motion hummingbird. I found this very interesting, as the wings appear to twist as they flap, in the way that bees do. It's part of the secret of how they generate enough lift with the size of their wings.
Here are some starlings taking off (great video), though the lower right corner one is an eagle-- I had no idea their legs were THAT long!
The two on the left of this image are two roosters fighting (no this isn't one of those illegal mediated fights, they just did it on their own. Obnoxious video though.) The one on the right is another eagle.
Big thanks for setting this up! I don't have a whole lot of experience sketching foliage, but I do enjoy it. It was also nice to do something a little more illustration-esque (see the little figure down in the lower right?).
There's something kind of "old" looking about it though, but I know that's not a "bad" thing...
What a building! I loved the interior of this place as soon as I walked in, so I decided to do an environment.
I didn't have a ruler or anything, and I found that using the side of a charcoal pencil is a lot "messier" and less exact than a colored pencil. I also didn't plan out the composition beforehand, but started with that window and worked my way outward, which led to problems that I thought I could erase, but the charcoal didn't erase as well as I thought it would.
Let's just say if I did it again I'm pretty sure I could do it better...
I tried charcoal pencil out for the first time this class. I actually liked it more than I was expecting, in some ways more than black colored pencil. I felt that the added friction aided in more sharp and precise lines. I'll definitely keep one with me in the future.
Had fun with the flowers. I realized it'd been a long time since I'd drawn any "foliage". All about positive and negative shapes.
I'd always thought bars had strong, direct above lighting, so one would be perfect for this day's prompt.
I usually never go into bars and I was actually pretty dissapointed by how diffuse the light really was. There was a bunch of color differences but not a lot of value. (For example, faces lit by red on one side and green on the other, but kind of medium in tone all the way through).
I found I had to do some fudging and I'm afraid they came out a little vague. But the light above the pool tables was pretty good.
It was fun to draw people playing pool too, as they tend to freeze for a couple of seconds while aiming.
(And by the way, I had chili and lemonade, so no violation of our rule...)
This was a good drawing experience overall, though I had a hard time concentrating starting out.
I really aimed for difficult poses, like mid-air or one-foot ones, as well as ones with foreshortening. I found out I had a lot of holes in my knowledge of anatomy when I tried to reconstruct some of the poses from my head!
Today I was really sick and tried to sleep it off around the time of class, waking up at night to find that not only do I feel worse, but there aren't a lot of good places to draw people at night even if I was to feel like leaving.
I'll try to make it up sometime- this past day just wasn't a drawing type of day. Sorry!
Another in-class session. Lots of fun coming up with scenarios with the likes of brooms and baseball bats. Almost all of them were 3 minutes. I've kinda surprised myself with how much I could get done in 3 minutes...
Alas, poor Yorick!
Old man and miner woman.
Angry mob guy. I decided to make him into the classic farmer. And made my teacher look like Abe Lincoln...
Old mountain man pointing something out to his grandson/daughter. Either a shooting star or a yeti.
Wizard guy! Fun with lighting and hair. I like how this one came out despite the "broken" fingers, haha. It makes me think "Disney" for some reason.
"Posidusa" - Started out drawing Poseidon but made them into Medusa with a seaweed dress. And the 2nd drawing is pretty self-explanatory.
Guy on top left is supposed to be cold. I repositioned the legs to suggest knocking knees but I think he just has to go to the bathroom now. Top right is a ventriloquist. And the bottom is supposed to be a vampire in a snowstorm. Should've drawn snow... I forgot :-(
Top left is a drug dealer. I ran out of time to draw a customer though...
And bottom right is a tranny on a cell phone. Well, I started out drawing a man but decided to make it female midway through. Instant shemale.
Hey, some of these are actually from Mr. Tardino's saturday art program for highschoolers. What's cool is that he has costumed models pose. I drew there to because... a.) I like costumed model drawing, and b.) I wanted to get ahead in this class because I'm going to be very busy for the next week and a half.
Luckily my medium and focus lined up well with the guidelines.
Sorry I don't have too much in the way of background. (I only just saw your last comment.) I'll try to make up for it next round.
Note: I apologize for not making it to the OSU area. I had every intention of doing so, but took a nap an hour before class and set the alarm wrong, so by the time I woke up it was 5:20 and it wouldn't have been worth it to drive up. So I thought I'd just make up the work with my own venture.
Warming up. I like how the guy holding the basketball has the whole Shakespear skull thing going on. Should've given him a word bubble "Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him well."
Drawing some more, trying to work on filling in blanks with my imagination.
Below is an interesting page. The bottom is a collaboration between me and a homeless woman I got to talking with at the bus stop. I think we talked for a least a half hour, mainly about a construction project of converting a semi truck trailer into a livable home. It was a really fun conversation, where I drew a diagram of my conception of her idea (didn't show up well in the scan) and she drew over it to explain other concepts.
I though about asking to draw her, but a police officer came then asking about a suspicious backpack reported in the area. He danced around the phrase "bomb threat" so I thought it would be wise to head somewhere else to draw...
Below is when I went to Chipotle. There was this very unpleasant-seeming woman there. Big jewelry and leather coat, with hair teased out in this perm I associate with bossy upper-middle class women and a rather sour expression/fake smile. She seemed to be putting down her husband(?) a lot, so I tried to bring that out that unpleasantness in the drawing.
I kind of spread out my "free day" to a few locations (though together they added up to a day's worth, or more). I started out drawing audience members during a CCAD guest lecture (can you guess who the faculty member is on the first one?)
I later went to the library courtyard. I realize that the these subjects seem "head on", but one guy was laying very low on the bench (his body was at an angle coming towards me), and the other guy had his head down in an odd way, showing his neck above his head. I guess that counted as foreshortening in my book.
I then crossed the street to visit my favorite sketch hangout-- the hospital cafeteria! I drew the lady on the upper left (with the chair) to make sure I had a good token foreshortening one, hehehe... Then I sat down with my cheap sushi to draw people.
I had fun with the exaggerated ones. For some reason, I enjoy making people look weirder and less flattering than they really are...
Finally, I snuck in a developed drawing that's entirely from my head. Can you spot which one it is?