Category Archives: Face and Figure

Summer Drop-in LIFE DRAWING SCHEDULE

Summer LIFE DRAWING SCHEDULE at – Semiahmoo Recreation Center, WRock SSurrey. Life Drawing – Drop-in studio – Non-Instructional Sessions at Semiahmoo Recreation Center, White Rock-South Surrey May through Aug 2017.    (604) 536-8333   : Life Drawing offers many benefits,  pleasure, and FUN. Models are draped & un-draped. Wonderful new studio space. Bring your own sketch book… Read More »

LIFE DRAWING INSTRUCTION AT EMILY CARR SP 2017

EMILY CARR UNIV. OF ART/DESIGN Introduction to Life Drawing – Instructor Tony O’Regan  Course Number:          CEDR 263 S001 Instructor(s):                Tony O’Regan Number of Sessions:   8 Day and Time:             Tue / 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm Date(s):                       Jan 17 to Mar 7, 2017 Room:                         424 course description Develop and expand your drawing and observation skills in… Read More »

Live Sketching Mixed Media at Shadbolt Center (May 7 2017)

Yesterday I drew  as a demonstration at the Shadbolt Center Burnaby for the “Rhododendron Festival”. Charcoal and pastels on office easel paper about 24 x 36. Hyped the colors a bit in P-Shop. The idea was to promote classes and participate in the Civic Festival representing the Shadbolt Center.  I always enjoy doing this type… Read More »

Gesture Drawing – Make your own Human Figure Manikin

Seeing-Drawing the ‘gesture’ is a fundamental skill in being able to draw a human figure. I teach drawing at Emily Carr and elsewhere and developed a sequence for correctly scaling a gesture so as not to ‘go off the page” in life drawing. Here are some pix of an 11 inch aluminum wire sculpture armature… Read More »

Faces, Scale Figures & Perspective for Life Drawing (5 videos) {Nov 2016}

There are two main ways of approaching the figure. They complement each other. One is OBSERVATION (Life drawing or copying reference photos). The other is CONSTRUCTION  (Using scale and proportion methods to create a figure with little or no references). The two can and should be used together for a full skillset. Both depend on  the… Read More »

HEAD STUDIES – TONAL PATTERNS

Along with proportions and features, most portraitists have a very good understanding of tonal patterning for light and shadow. Here is a study  I do in my head or on paper before beginning a painting of a head:  

DRAWING SCALE FIGURES IN PERSPECTIVE (TAS DRAWING June 1 2016)

This is a demo of two main ways of placing figures in perspective for contexts, like a room, architecture, or plaza, etc….These methods are usually referred to as “Clothesline” and ” Measuring Wall”.  Also see post: “COMPOSING GROUPS OF FIGURES FOR STREET SCENES”

COMPOSING GROUPS OF FIGURES FOR STREET SCENES

Often you want to place figures and clusters of figures in an area like a street or plaza. This image shows how I think of it in terms of composition. Of course, you also want to think of  activities, such as walking to and fro or at angles, male, female, kids, walking away or toward the viewer, standing, sitting,… Read More »

CDA Day 5 Of 8 SPACE-HEAD 1 of 3 (feb 28 2015) click vid title

“Antigonish” is an 1899 poem by American educator and poet Hughes Mearns. Check it and him out in Wiki. It is also known as “The Little Man Who Wasn’t There“, It is a very ambiguous, existential, ghostly and suggestive  phrase that has been used to inspire plays, lines in movies, a hit song, novels and lately a Coen Bros.… Read More »

CDA Day 5 Of 8 SPACE-HEAD 3 of 3 (feb 28 2015) click vid title

“Antigonish” is an 1899 poem by American educator and poet Hughes Mearns. Check it and him out in Wiki. It is also known as “The Little Man Who Wasn’t There“, It is a very ambiguous, existential, ghostly and suggestive  phrase that has been used to inspire plays, lines in movies, a hit song, novels and lately a Coen Bros. movie. It also… Read More »

MANIKIN MADNESS ! – DO TRY THIS AT HOME

I set a 12 inch gray manikin into an action pose and then photographed it on a green-painted canvas background (green-screening). I took the photo into photoshop, selected and deleted the green coloured background. Then I took a city photo and added a pshop lense flare. I then set the manikin layer on top and… Read More »

Watercolor FACE MALE step 3/5 – HUE CHANGES (3 Min) (Click for video)

STEP THREE -This video moves step by step so that learners can work along. It’s not intended to exhibit or impress, just to communicate.  It’s very basic, but covers the typical forms and their construction.  It’s great to work from a live model, and photos can also be useful. But it’s a time-honored method to… Read More »

Watercolor FACE MALE step 4/5 – DEEPEN TONES – (6 MIN) (Click for video)

STEP FOUR -This video moves step by step so that learners can work along. It’s not intended to exhibit or impress, just to communicate.  It’s very basic, but covers the typical forms and their construction.  It’s great to work from a live model, and photos can also be useful. But it’s a time-honored method to… Read More »