Museum Reference by Sophia

I did not go to the field trip to metropolitan museum of art. So I found some reference on their website. Left is the reference photo from metropolitan museum of art, Circle of Jacques du Broeucq. Right is the reference photo from MOMA, Child’s Play by Dan Graham.


This is the idea that I got from the reference photo. I’d like to draw a baby (myself), aging but keeping the form of the baby, surrounded by the glass. I think it’d be interesting to put opposing time together; myself as a baby and myself in the future. At first, the reference photo from Metropolitan Museum inspired me to draw the baby and the adult separately but I figured it tells more story once I put them together. I picked the reference picture from MoMA, Child’s Play, because I feel like glass can have so many interesting meanings. Glass can make it seem like it’s protecting and shielding something, but so clear and transparent. There is a contradiction in that setting, just like my life is full of contradiction.

Museum Tour and Final Project

Hello class-

We will enter museum together and from that point can split into groups based on interest. ¬†Remember we are looking to draw the human figure in a setting. ¬†Good galleries for this would be those featuring sculpture of the human form. ¬†Greek and Roman, European Arts and Sculpture, and Asian art all are good choices. ¬†You may choose to combine any design elements you see or feel inspired by, as long as you make it look realistic. ¬†Remember you’ll be drawing on toned paper “.

Take the time in each gallery to view the work, and read the information written about the work. Then shoot reference photos to prepare yourself for drawing your final project at home.

Remember your final project is a drawing of a location of your choice including at least one human figure, and incorporating design elements of your choice.  The final result can be fantastical or totally realistic, but you must use perspective, a full range of value, as well as all of the skills we learned in class to create a sense of realism. It should be drawn at your highest level of finish.

Take time in each gallery to plan your composition. Take photos of all the details you plan to draw.

Finally post a photo of yourself in location you will be drawing along with a quick sketch ( approximately 4″x5″) of your composition, and write a short blog post explaining why you chose that location, to OPENLAB.

This is due for review by the morning 12/ 7, 9 am latest.

Be sure to bring your reference photos and work in progress to class on 12/8.


Week 10 Sketches: Reportage Drawing

Window to my world

Reportage drawing is a drawing which tells the story of a place or event and the people in it in one sketch.¬† Like these…



For this weeks Sketchbook Theme… Draw the scenes you see daily.  Your Job.  Your Commute. Your Citytech Life. etc.

Draw the human figure interacting with the world around us.  Capture the gestures and details which tell the story.


For inspiration on reportage drawing check out the URBAN SKETCHERS


Extra Credit: Life of Egon Schiele

Egon Schiele created portraits of people who showed different types of emotions. A lot of his work included expressionism and human sexuality. Egon was interested in becoming an artist ever since he was a kid. His father wanted him to become an engineer because he drew and loved trains. His parents burned many of his sketchbooks since they wanted him to focus more on becoming an engineer, but Egon wasn’t interested in engineering as he was into art. He went into the Academy of Fine Arts in 1906. He thought the academy instructors were focused more on academics, than art itself. So he and a few other students created a group called “Neukunstgruppe” which translates to “Group for New Art.”

Egon was influenced by artists, Gustav Kilmt and Van Gogh. He admired their work and would later incorporate his own style of art. He continued to make his own work by focusing on human sexuality and expressionism. Many of his experiences in life influenced his work in expressionism. When he married a woman named Edith Harms, he wanted to draw more females. He wanted female models to express their personalities in his portraits.

One work of his that I found interesting was “Sunflowers”. I usually see flowers in art as pretty and colorful, but this painting wasn’t about flowers looking pretty. Instead, it shows flowers in a dying state. The colors give it a more natural look of a how a flower or leaf is supposed to look when they are dying, which is usually a dark yellow or dark brown color. He wanted to show that all living things in life decompose, so flowers and leaves are apart of decomposing after they are dead.

What I found interesting about Egon Schiele is that he had a characteristic that was daring. He didn’t want to do what his parents told him to do, which was to be a train engineer. Instead he chose to do something that he was passionate about and that was art. The feelings he had through out his life, showed what he was hiding in his drawings. His artwork wasn’t always about beauty, but more about naturalness, honesty and hidden emotions.