October 2008



Creating a graphic novel but stopping along the way to take some photos, eat some food and admire great art!

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Drawing Course – Week 1

Back in August I enrolled in a new drawing course and picked up the required equipment last Thursday. The course was different to what I expected but it was really good fun, with the two hours flying by in an instant. It was a small course of ten people run by artist Karl Mattas.

The first technique he taught was to follow contours. Following the lines of the body with the eye rather than looking at the page. While the image drawn would not be in proportion, he mentioned you will be able to pick up details you would usually miss. My first attempt (left) viewing a standing model at a slight angle, followed by the model turning around (right). I tried to follow the contour of the hand in the second drawing.

There was more time given to the next image (below left) where the model was sitting. The proportion was a little skewed with some of the lines intersecting. It was difficult to follow the hair using the contours. The final image (below right) was the most difficult of all. Drawing the model without looking at the page. It sounds much easier than it is especially when there is a natural tendency to check your work.

Overall it was an interesting experience and a chance to use Willow Charcoal for the first time. It’s given me a different feel to drawing as I’ve been following the various drawing books up till now. Working with a live model and a teacher opens up a new perspective. Can’t wait for week 2!

2 Responses to “Drawing Course – Week 1”

  1. Fox Murdoch says:

    not bad. i figure a drawing is ok as long as the viewer knows what it’s supposed to be. thats the purpose of a picture, right?

    True. It was actually very difficult drawing without looking @ the paper hence why it looked very abstract. Still a great experience.

  2. Timo Uotila says:

    Very interesting to see how much you have learned from KM. It is easy to draw a line. The only problem is to place the line.
    Best Wishes from Finland
    Timo Uotila, Journalist, One of Karl’s many friends in Northern Europe

    Karl has been absolutely fantastic. I’m learning a lot from him. Thanks for greetings from Finland.

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