Weeks 5 & 6

In honor of October… Draw VERY SCARY THINGS!

Fill 4 pages in your sketchbook with things YOU find scary or creepy.  This is totally up to personal interpretation!  Theres no right or wrong!  BUT be sure you draw FROM OBSERVATION.

Try to include as many figures… or PARTS of figures as possible!

Use value to SHADE your drawings!

These sketches count as both week 5 and six so you have time to prepare your sketchbooks for review!

Week 4 sketches – Volumetric Drawing

This week in your sketchbook practice building up your gesture drawings with simple volumetric shapes.  

  • Remember, begin your drawings from the INSIDE and work your way OUT.
  • Be sure you DO NOT lose the gesture or FORCE!  
  • Read FORCE by Mike Matessi so you can use both volumetric drawing and look for lines of FORCE while you draw!  
  • Remember it’s 8 pages over the next 2 weeks my dears!


Egon Sheile *Extra Credit*


In his twenty-eight years on earth, Egon Schiele produced some of the most radical depictions of the human figure in modern times. Through his highly expressive, utterly uncompromising portraiture, he shoved away the parameters of self-expression, procreation, sexuality, eroticism and mortality – prevalent concerns in the socially and psychologically charged atmosphere of pre-war Vienna – in a breathtakingly original manner.

excerpt from Five Things You Might Not Know About Egon Schiele by Daisy Woodward

Read the full article here

* As an extra credit assignment to be tabulated into your FINAL GRADE:

Research Egon Scheile.  You can begin with the links above.  Learn about his life, as well as the time period he lived in.  Then, write a well crafted (hint use a grammar and spell check!)  approximately  250- 300 word response.  Include details like why he was one of the leading figures in Expressionism, what kind of work he as known for and its importance, ass  well as person detail you find interesting.  Also include a piece of his art that particularly interested you.

POST your response and tag it DISCUSSION

*DUE in 2 weeks


Drawn to Life


This week in your sketchbook practice the act of infusing LIFE into your drawings!  

BUT FIRST… READ this Chapter from Drawn to life by MASTER Animator Walt Stanchfield. 


Drawn to Life is based on the Walt Stanchfield Lectures at Disney. Walt Stanchfield worked at Disney for over 30 years and did lectures for the animators there.  The book is very much based on gesture drawing, or how to sketch out poses fast an effectively.

In your sketchbook this week fill 4 pages with gesture drawings from observation.

Take this book with you throughout your daily life and FILL IT with the people you see and the things they do.  Try to draw their ACTIONS.  Draw a woman balancing on the subway for example, or a child excitedly pointing out the window.  Draw MANY PER PAGE.  FILL THE PAGES.


When Done, scan and post them here.

Comment on what was interesting, challenging, or fun about drawing people to LIFE!



Drawing from the Inside Out

This week in your sketchbook practice the act of drawing from the inside out.  Use photos as reference for your drawings in the manner described below.  

HINT: If you paste these photos in your sketchbook early in the week it will be easy to work on this wherever and whenever you have time. 

Also printing and gluing the guide below for reference may be helpful!

Sketchbook Week 2: Step 1: Find two photos of people. (hint: choose images where its easy to identify their movable masses.) Print them at 8.5 x 11 so they fit well in your sketchbook, then glue them in on the left hand side page. Using colored pencil, or white graphite if you don’t (whatever is visible) Draw the Moveable masses on top of the Photos. Once this is done using a different color pencil, try to trace the Manakin Frame.

Step 2: On the opposite page: Draw using the photos you chose and marked as reference. Begin your drawing as we learned in class suing the movable masses and spine as an axis. Next draw in the Manakin frame. Then draw the body and details on top. *Leave the underdrawing showing. Don’t erase!



More Figure Drawing Resources!

Getting the right reference is key in creating a great final art piece!

Though we some times don’t know how to get our figure drawing exactly right… we can sure see when it has gone wrong! Poor drawing is one sure way to ruin a great idea.  So, lets get the right reference so that we can do out best work!

NOW of course the BEST thing to do is go and draw a REAL LIVE PERSON… but you may not have access or may not be able to get just the right pose for your visual concept.  FEAR NOT!  there are some great resources out there!


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Art Pose and Art Pose Female Edition are perhaps the most practical and intuitive artist anatomy reference applications for iOS and Android.  You can pose your figure, see musculature and move your camera all around it.  You can even go to a silhouette view.  Pretty good stuff!  Learn more! 



Pixelovely Is probably my favorite reference site. It has figure great drawing poses, choose between kinds of models, clothed or nude male or female etc.  Plus animal poses!  MEOW! Within each category are sub-categories. For example, under the animal category, you can choose the species of animal – and whether or not to time the session.



Quick Poses is a great figure reference site. You can choose between gesture drawings (timed poses) or random pose studies (not timed). There is a healthy selection of both clothed and nude models to choose from.  The site also includes tips to improve your study.


How to use MY sketchbook










YES… I agree. This seems pretty obvious.

Any student who has studied drawing at all has probably been keeping a sketchbook for at least the past semester, if not for years. But please bear with me and read on. Regardless of the simplicity of the tool, there is a reason ALL serious artists keep a regular sketchbook practice, and there is infinite room here to learn, grow, and develop your craft.

Your sketchbook is the place in which you will really improve your drawing skills.  It will, by developing the habit of daily use, become a PRACTICE. No different than a daily meditation practice. And it should be thought about with similar rigor.

Throughout this semester, and hopefully moving forward you will keep a sketchbook that you will work in every day.  It will become a depository of ideas, a place to work on your concepts, and a place to draw both what you see in your daily life as well as what you see in your imagination.


Every week you are required to share pages from your sketchbook here. Be sure to Title your post! Include the Week and the Theme if you are given one, or make up your own title!

Sketchbook Requirements:

  • For this course students are required to keep an ongoing sketchbook which will be utilized a minimum of 2 hours, 30 min per page, for a total of at least 4 sketchbook pages per week.
  • Students can not to tear out pages and pages must be dated.  Students may of course draw MORE than the required number of pages. Sketchbooks will be reviewed weekly in Openlab.
  • In it students will include only life drawing, objects, still life, gesture drawings etc. and process work towards their assignments.
  • Class notes should also be included in this sketchbook.

Be sure to comment on each other’s sketches.


Please reply to this post acknowledging that you understand the requirements and purpose of the sketchbook.  Also please let us know in a couple of sentences about your sketchbook experience and what kind of things you like to sketch!

Meet the Artist

This week’s sketchbook theme is… Meet the Artist!

Page 1: #meettheartist

Create a meet the artist page for yourself in your Sketchbook! Look on Instagram or fb for #meettheartist and then design one to introduce yourself.  You may use any media and style you feel is appropriate!  You may choose to include any information about yourself you wish.

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