|"Male Head" (graphite)|
This summer I started my own portrait/figure drawing program at the Art League School in Alexandria, VA, not to become a portrait painter, but to become a better painter. The first class I chose is Lisa Semerad 's portrait drawing class. I took the same class long time ago; I don't remember how much I learned at that time. Now I am soaking up Lisa's instructions like a sponge, perhaps because I have since become a better artist.
|"Cleopatra" (conte crayon)|
|"Chinese Empress" (conte crayon)|
Yesterday's lesson was blocking (or modeling). After toning the paper with pastel, we lightly established the shapes within the head. With a kneaded eraser, we then restored the light shapes. We continued to refine features, with an ever light touch. Finally, we introduced white chalk and darker color pastel to give the drawing more definition and punch. As I joked in class, watching Lisa doing a 30-minute demo had given us a false sense of confidence; boy, it was hard to manipulate a kneaded eraser or use a darker color without messing up!
|Lisa Semerad doing a demo|
|"Male Head in Terracotta" (Nupastel)|
|"Female Head in Blue" (Nupastel)|