Learning from Daniel Maidman: Day 2

Dan recommended we all take our work with us at the end of Day 1, make a critical analysis of each piece, and figure out what our goals were for the next day. As I mentioned before, I determined toward the end of Day 1 what I wanted to accomplish on Day 2:

1. Decide on each composition in a minute or two and manage that time.

2. Spend less time on the block in and feel my way through contours and proportions.

3. Have fun with the process!

1. This was my first drawing. There wasn't anything I loved in particular about this pose, but I settled in on this area because of the negative space inside the crook of the arm. Our model that day had little to no body fat, which made for a real challenge, because there were way too many structures to deal with in twenty minutes. As you can see here, I'm definitely having more fun with the contour lines. I could only throw in a few highlighted areas.

2. This pose interested me more because of the angularity of his neck, shoulder, and arm. I'm happy with the overall piece and am enjoying figuring out how to compose, what to include, and where to fade out.

3. We had about an hour to work on this one so I decided to focus on the knee. I usually avoid hands, feet, and knees out of fear, so this was a great exercise. I do regret not having enough time to devote to the arm resting on his leg, and next time I would have moved the whole composition over more to the left, but overall I'm thrilled with the results. You can see I'm using a broader value range - I do like getting really dark in my darks!

4. We only had about 40 minutes to work, so I decided to outline the arm and focus on the buttocks. Happily, Dan said he was glad I had time to add the striated shadows to the bottom of the right buttock - I am too! It definitely added to the success of the drawing.

I didn't pay as much attention to watching Dan draw as I did the first day. I did learn a lot and brought it with me the following week to the Norfolk Drawing Group, as you can see below. The first pose was a twenty minutes and the second was forty minutes. I was pretty pleased at how much faster I was able to decide on a composition, get the shapes locked in, and complete something share-worthy in a much shorter time than usual.


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