Figure Drawings

Drawings, Winter / Spring 2013

"Cellini Cast" Charcoal on Paper, 2013

Maria Virginia, Charcoal & White Chalk, 2013

"Anna Rosa" Charcoal and White Chalk on Toned Paper, 2013

Faun Cast Drawing in Progress

"Maria Virginia" Pencil on Paper, 2013

Giulia Sketch, 2013

The drawing of Anna Rosa, I am happy to announce, was awarded Figure Drawing of the Year. Anna Rosa is such an incredible model, so absolutely present and still. I really loved drawing her. She is also a burlesque dancer and has a great blog of what it is like from the models side of the equation. I recommend reading it:

I have officially "finished" the Drawing Program of the Florence Academy of Art (though it is silly to think I have finished learning anything, but I understand the sentiment). I began painting the figure in late March whilst continuing working on cast drawings in charcoal. The final cast shown of the Faun is not quite finished due to the unforeseen passing of my grandfather that required my coming back to the US of A a bit earlier than expected. 

I included two pencil sketches. One of the sketches is of Maria Virginia, one of my favorite models. She has such a big heart. The charcoal portrait is also of her, and in my final trimester I worked on a painting of her. The painting was unfinished due to an incredibly challenging setup, in which I ended up spending 3/4 of the time on the transfer drawing. I learned a hell of a lot though and was forced to adapt a new way of recording information in my brain - so in that sense, it was a success. Isn't that the point of all this study?

All for now!

First Trimester

Hello all, Here my blog is up and running again. I am now in my third trimester (Spring) at the Florence Academy of Art. Here is some of my work from my first trimester of Fall 2011.








So these above are just some samplings of figure/portraiture pencil studies. They were done in a 1-2 hour time frame.

Alessio, Charcoal on Paper, 2011

Giovanni, Charcoal on Paper, 2011.

The two above were my first two long poses in charcoal. Both were worked on three hours a day, five days a week, for four weeks. Add another week for pencil studies of the pose.

Bargue Ankle Lithograph Copy, Pencil on Paper, 2011.

Dante Bargue Lithograph Copy, Pencil on Paper, 2011.

The two above are my first two bargue drawings. "Bargues" as we call them, are basically a series of lithographs of casts developed by artist Charles Bargue alongside artist Jean-Léon Gérôme. There are some hundred or so in the series and are designed to be copied as a whole by art students to train them in technical studies before they begin more formal studies of casts and the figure, etc. Here at FAA though, we only complete six bargues (three pencil and three charcoal) and work on them meticulously and to the smallest degree and spend countless hours perfecting them. They are absolutely tedious and time consuming and drive most people here mad. Our days here are split between working on our bargues for half of the day and from the model for the other half. Once we finish our bargue drawings we will then move onto casts in charcoal and onward to painting and other projects. But for now drawing will consume the greater part of my life for a while.