Sunday, July 8, 2007

I need a real model, but this magazine is great 'til then!

I bought a new magazine yesterday, "Drawing Highlights" by American Artist magazine. It features ten drawing articles by Dan Gheno, whose drawings I have greatly admired since I first saw them in print. It's an awesome collection of his articles and work and he's an awesome teacher. If you want to improve your figure drawing or learn from scratch, this is one magazine/book you should get immediately before they're gone from the news stands. (Just for the record, though it may sound like it, I'm not affiliated with the guy at all, just really impressed by his work and teaching!)

I absolutely love, love, love good figurative nudes and want to learn to draw them, so I plan on drawing many of the examples he illustrates his articles with. Here's the first, from the first article "1. Learn to See Form". It was done today, a Sunday afternoon, sitting outside after the sun FINALLY peeked out from the rain clouds that had taken over for the weekend. It's a bad scan but drawings seem to be so difficult to photograph. It's an unfinished thing, just like his own illustration.

When looking at it on screen, I can see that the arm muscle is too small and so is the calf muscle. Gotta work on that. But I do like, and am happy with, the muscle work!

PS - please excuse that little drop of rainwater that dropped onto the page (by the poor guy's head) from the umbrella!

PS #2 - I found his website ---> Check it out!


Ann Buckner said...

Like this drawing and the Drawing magazine sounds like a good one, especially this edition. I know you will do great drawing and painting the figure.

RHCarpenter said...

Deb, I have been pouring over this magazine, too. It is wonderful :) Your work is, too!

Deborah A. Léger said...

Ann, the magazine sure is excellent. Thanks for your confidence in me!

Hi Rhonda, thanks for the comments. Glad to know you like the magazine, too.