Saturday, June 7, 2008

Jeff Is God

So this is the last (or first since its at the top of the blog) update of my classes so far. Its just after week 4 and I think i see a little progress in my Head and Hands class. Jeff Smith is an amazing laid-back guy but serious about feeling through the problems of drawing the head. Its not been easy adapting to his "risky" method of drawing. But it has been rewarding. Heres some of the projects we've been workin on outside of class first:

The Hundred Heads Project

Well I've done the first 12 (though I didnt quite finish the two Durer-style paintings on the piece of wood to the right). The first 3 artists I chose were Durer, Modigliani, and Schiele. I hope you can tell which is which. I think my self-portraits in the style of the artists came out decent.

The Skull's Muscles

So we've attached like 9 muscles so far. Had tests on them too. I think I got em down.


Skull Rendering

So we have a skull rendering due on week 9. I thought I'd get a head start. He asked for a rendering and he'll get one.



In-Class Work

So these are drawings from our in-class model. The first are from the very first day....lil rusty.




Week 2 came out a little better. "Feeling" it more. He doesnt want us to take proportions or measurements at all with our pencils, just use our eyes. No lay-ins or balls for the head or any kind of "weak, scared, and fearful" drawing. Just commit to something without being a puss. You can erase, but that line you draw next better be THE right line for the curve you see.




Week 4 got much better I think. Even with short poses, I think things just clicked a little faster. Week 3 was memorial day so it was two weeks without head drawing, but it all came out all right.


5 comments:

nicole said...

hahaha.
he never even asked us for our skull renderings.
he put it in our syllabus due wk 4 and never mentioned it.
everyone was like...wait...so...are you gonna do it?
and since no one wanted to do it.
no one did.

hee hee.

M Lo said...

Damn! So....should I do it?

Ah, what the hell, I'll finish 'er up. But if he doesn't ask for it, I'm gonna be pissed!

Jesse Fillingham said...

all you stuff is looking pretty......TERRIBLE! haha just kidding man. its looking really good. you seem to be picking up on the "Jeff method" really well. how are you liking it? your skull is coming out pretty nice too.

and in regards to the skull renderings, jeff never even mentioned it to us at all. until a few weeks in and he was like "oh yeah..." so if he said that it is gonna be due week nine, it will be due week nine. basically, listen to what he says about homework and dont pay so much attention to the syllabus and you will be fine.






ps: reverse EVERYTHING i said

nicole said...

you should do it because it will help ur knowledge and enlighten ur mind. fuck if he collects it. if he doesnt ask DONT mention it. dont be the one that makes everyone look bad. dont be 'that guy' that actually did his hw. even if u are. aha.




also.
un-re-reverse everything that jesse said.

Paul Hassett said...

I messed up on my first post, so I'll try again.

Ohhhhh, I'm gonna follow this thread.

ACCD is too expensive for me. I need to glom off you.

You tell me ACCD is teaching you and I'll tell you what an Atelier is teaching me?

Ever heard of the Reilly method of constructing a head?

From what I gather this is your instructor:
http://www.jeffreysmithillustrator.com/bio.html

This is my instructor:
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ron+lemen

I know Michael Lockwood from Palomar, so I guess I'm allowed?