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He’s nekkid!

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I told you guys I managed to sell both pieces I put in the art show, before the doors even opened. I underpriced them, I’ve been told. As a result of which, I am now a *full member* (and I was able to pay for that frightfully self-indulgent map case and paint box).

Even better, as a direct result, I’ve been asked to join an invitation-only life drawing class. I’m having a blast.

I need this kind of eye training. Because the drawings I did in my last gig were mostly very technical, nearly everything I did was traced in some way — either the old fashioned way, or Photoshopically. Tracing is bad for fine art. Not because it’s cheating — honestly, there is no such thing in art; it ain’t football or canasta — but because it results in boring pictures.

When you draw from life, you’re forced to process what you’re looking at. You have to figure out what’s happening and then you have to figure out how to explain it to someone else. This makes for a much more persuasive and interesting picture. It’s hard as hell, though.

It also, of course, makes for more errors. There’s a classic in this drawing – his hands are way too big, especially his right hand. The human brain exaggerates anything it finds interesting but it’s a rookie mistake not to catch it and fix it. In my defense, they were all thirty minute poses today; shorter than I’m comfy with.

At least they haven’t done any 5 and 15-minutes poses yet. Brrrrr…I hate those.

Comments


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: September 20, 2017, 9:41 pm

He’s wearing shorts, no? Shdn’t he be ‘au natural’?

What about those Renaissance painters who used optical tools? That is sort of like tracing.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 20, 2017, 11:06 pm

Nope, he’s nude. He had a *very” deep indentation where his thigh met his hip, which is what gives that impression.

He’s a well-built man who takes care of himself, but his body is starting to show some quirks of aging.

 


Comment from Steve Skubinna
Time: September 20, 2017, 11:23 pm

If you want to see some out of proportion body parts, closely examine the Pieta. They are deliberate, and really have to be pointed out. Michaelangelo knew what he was doing – it’s a terrific example of your comment about explaining it to somebody else. The entire sculpture works perfectly, yet ought not to because of the proportions. Or so might somebody claim.

 


Comment from thefritz
Time: September 21, 2017, 2:08 am

Could it be that the ‘way too big’ hands were subliminally influenced?

 


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: September 21, 2017, 2:58 am

I always thought the penises on all these classical Greek/Roman statutes and painting were strangely small. Later I read that large penises were considered in bad taste by the Greeks/Romans. Who would have thought? Then, you see art work where the gods have yuge penises.

 


Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: September 21, 2017, 10:52 am

You dug up Ronald Reagan?

Again?

And thefritz stole my comment.

 


Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: September 21, 2017, 12:52 pm

Stoaty wrote, “. . . you’re forced to process what you’re looking at. You have to figure out what’s happening and then you have to figure out how to explain it to someone else. This makes for a much more persuasive and interesting picture. It’s hard as hell, though.”

Replace “picture” with “story,” and it applies just as well to writing, especially fiction. What you’re “looking at” is in your mind’s eye, and you do have to figure it out — and then, in the explanation (the telling of the story), you have to be sure it’s clear to other people. On top of all that, you want it to be exciting.

Whew. I’m worn out for today already.

 


Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: September 21, 2017, 1:16 pm

I might add, however, that where producing a picture and producing a story differ is that the viewer consumes and “gets” your drawing in a second or so — while it takes a half hour to read and comprehend a short story, or hours or days to do the same for a novel. So visual art can have an immediate payoff. The payoff for writing takes longer.

 


Comment from thefritz
Time: September 21, 2017, 4:15 pm

He does look like a ripped Gipper….

 


Comment from drew458
Time: September 21, 2017, 4:38 pm

I am not at all surprised that you are now an OPA, and Officially Professional Artist. The two pen and inks you sent me for Dead Pool prizes are very well done. The one that is a study of crow vs raven hangs on my wall, in a frame even, and always draws compliments by those who see it. The lion one is neat too, albeit a bit artistic in the hindquarters.

And considering what passes for talent these days … OF COURSE you are a pro, because you have actual artsy skills. But it’s always good to have the union card to flash around, in case it gets you any kind of discount at Tesco or something. Since all artists are starving, by definition, it ought to entitle you a free cuppa and a biscuit, right?

 


Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: September 21, 2017, 4:51 pm

“Since all artists are starving, by definition, it ought to entitle you a free cuppa and a biscuit, right?”

Surely we can carve out some of the pentillion dollar US budget for deserving artists in merry old.
I mean, why not, we paid for a study of men who frequent gay nightclubs in South America.
And let’s not forget “cowboy poets” offered to us by Dingy Harry Reid.
We must have a few bucks there in the slush fund for furrin Ar-tiest weasels!

 


Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: September 21, 2017, 5:35 pm

When you say ‘self indulgent’, you mean you spent your money, on you? And I’ll bet mean old Uncle B didn’t even try and stop you!

That’s wrong of course on the very face of it, you should have spent that money on things your “betters” want you to spend it on, like bringing in a few more Amish refugees to enhance your cultural enrichment.

This is what happens when people are allowed to keep their own money, they spend it on themselves instead.

 

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