Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Steve Silver's Life Class
During last week's annual National Caricaturist Network convention, noted character designer/artist Steve Silver held a two-hour life drawing seminar. I had never done anything like this before (not having gone to art school) so it was a bit of a challenge for me. The model was a buxom young lady who was great at coming up with dynamic poses (in her Hooters uniform, no less). Steve directed her to hold poses in one-minute,then four minute increments, from which I was able to draw the turn-around shown above. Finally he posed her for one minute where we were to look at her without drawing, then recreate the pose after she stopped. That was the most difficult for me, as I am used to having a subject's face or body right within my line of vision as I am drawing them.
This was an enjoyable, valuable exercise for us all, designed to get us to be able to draw the human body from instinct. Some were able to caricature her body hilariously from the get-go, but I was aiming for just a decent likeness.
This is definitely something to pursue, in the future, whch will help improve my drawing skills.