Thursday, April 22, 2010
After working from the model for a few months, I had the opportunity to attend a workshop in the Hudson Valley which was conducted by the legendary artist Burton Silverman at his summer studio. This really changed my approach to figure drawing! This is one 11 x 14 graphite drawing from that five day workshop. You can see the increased value range and the emphasis on larger simplified shapes. I will post more from the Silverman workshop in the future. Check out Burt Silverman's work at burtonsilverman.com
About a year ago I started sketching from the live model again. It had been years since I had done this very basic exercise. As an illustrator, I had grown accustomed to using photographic reference for so many assignments...necessary to work within tight deadlines and to sometimes deal with more dynamic poses. But working from life is so much fun and now I'm hooked.