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Charcoal Figure (7-8 min)


Here's another figure drawing. I can't remember how long it took to draw it, but NONE of the poses are ever longer than eight minutes, and it's been a while since I've drawn an eight minute sketch. So, I'm going to guess it's between eight minutes or seven. Again, there' s not a whole lot of time to work things out, just enough time to practice your proportions and design skills.

This isn't my class, but when I was teaching up in Utah, I typically liked to start with ten three minute sketches, then go to four fives...and then two tens. Having been properly warmed up, the students were now ready to draw. The longest pose my student's would draw would be 20 minutes. This is enough time to do a little rendering, but not enough rendering to hide weakness in their drawings.

Drawing and rendering are not the same thing! Go ahead and post what you think the differences are between the two.


Travis Christian said...

This is beautiful, Marcelo. I am really inspired!
Rendering is detailing, more so depicting, I suppose. Drawing is the practice and isn't really one thing in particular. Layouts could be considered drawing to some.
Am I on the right track with this one?

Saigonradio said...

Yeah drawing and rendering are definitely 2 categories. You can totally tell when an artist is advanced or a beginner by looking at their 5 to 10 miute sessions.

As for rendering. If you have a keen eye for detail and somewhat an understanding you can definitely create a nice piece, but in my opinion knowledge defines how good and fast you are.

In production I'd rather have a "drawer". Now if you have both drawing and rendering skills this makes for a deadly combination.

Vignali did you ever work with Jayjie, a chinese painter. He worked on Mulan also.

Cooked Art said...

Hey Marcelo - i absolutely love your life drawing!

I really like tone and shade in a drawing because it describes the form and creates character and atmosphere.

Personally I think line shows draftsmanship, and tone is more within the realm of the painter.

I've also personally found that you can see the skill more from a person who can simplify within a 30 second to 1 minute pose effectively - this to me shows that they're better at drawing. At the same time a finished rendered drawing appeals to me more for its aesthetic value.

My two cents.

P.S. Please post more stuff!

Sam Nielson said...

Very nice life drawings.
Where'd you teach in Utah?

Mauricio said...

Hi Marcelo,

Great artwork, so beautifull.

Te felicito!

Good weekend

Henry Elmo Bawden said...

Hello Marcelo,

I think that rendering is the ability to shade and create tonal shadows, etc. I believe drawing is the ability to find the overal shape, gesture, and basically the structure and form of an image.


cdeboda said...

Always enjoy seeing your figure drawings. The way you handle the linework is fantastic.

andy said...

Hi Marcelo,
Wow this drawing is incredibly inspiring, i am in awe of the economy and confidence of line and seemingly effortless statement of the pose.
Thanks for posting!

Armand Serrano said...

Beautiful, my friend, just beautiful!

martin wittig said...

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!:)

REE said...

had this same conversation with somebody a few days ago.

If you're fundamentally sound with the basics of proportion, perspective, construction, and composition...then, you can you can consider yourself one of the many that can flat out "draw"

But, you'll most likely stop at "line."

now, if you "draw like a painter" where "mass" in conjunction with value patterns trump lines...then, line simply becomes an accented note in a bar of music rather than the entire chorus.

Now, you become truly become producer, arranger, and composer instead of just "strings."

Finally, if you're armed with color knowledge and painting skills, you've placed yourself on that short list of "sick and insane."