….a little humor I found on Facebook last week.
Jose, below, was late to start his homework assignment, a self-portrait. I don’t usually include incomplete work in posts, but I like what he brings in and I photograph it before he takes it home to finish. He’d mentioned he was going to shave before starting the portrait. I’d told him to hold off because texture could be a great added element. You see here, it is.
By the time the class arrives to this point, they have all the skills needed to fulfill the assignment. BTW, they don’t start with a circle, they work organically. They move from edge to edge, shape to shape, or from the center out as Jose does here.
Though the class always enjoys this particular critique, they don’t necessarily find the self-portrait work pleasant. Many express how awful things are turning out, how many times they’re having to start over, long drawing nights with little sleep…do they have to share it? and what’s the worst that can happen if they don’t do it?
If you don’t do it, the world will end, I say to them.
I do know the challenges of the assignment. I trust they get much out of it if they are willing to complete the experience. So it continues to stay in the game plan despite the difficulty.
Andres, Turtle Gossip
Sabrina's Smoke n Mirrors
Drawing 2 students below, use a variety of materials.
Chuck’s oh so real drawing, in silvery graphite.
The ever-amusing Crystal uses mixed media including acrylic, ink, marker, and ball point pen.
Kim uses marker for the line work, and soft pastel for everything else.
The self-portrait study is homework on this round. The in-class assignment is an outdoor study. There were a number of excellent works, here are 4 highlights.
Sharon's Pine Tree
Crystal's Tree Dandruff
We’re done with markers. Some students who thought they hated them are sad to see them go. Next week…charcoal.
Master printmaker Mauricio Lasanksy left the earth this week, at the age of 98. Because both my undergrad and graduate drawing and printmaking instructors, Kurt Kemp and Spencer Fiddler, worked directly under him, I’ve always felt a strong kinship with his work.
I’ll leave you with one of his Intaglio self-portraits today.
RIP Mauricio Lasansky 1914-2012.
Mauricio Lasansky, Self-Portrait