Wednesday, 14 October 2009

At Last...

some progress with my drawing module! I didn't actually draw anyone at Ally Pally last week... just met lots of lovely bloggers, had lunch with special friends, saw some wonderful exhibitions and didn't spend too much money (far too busy chatting all day)... but I did draw people on the train.

Although I quite enjoyed these drawings there wasn't too much movement... apart from one or two people nodding off .

Still despairing of where I was going with the assignment on movement I went back to reread the module and one of the suggestions was to try drawing people moving on TV. I recalled a wonderful Tango dance sequence in the film "Scent of a Woman" (brilliant film by the way) and dug out an old video and watched the sequence over and over again... (a good excuse to watch Al Pacino)

And then I drew it over and over again... producing pages and pages like this...


The next instruction was "to move decisively beyond the observational starting point... developing the research material..." and so working on newspaper I made these pictures of a tango dance sequence...




And my tutor's response: "... you've produced some excellent work." I've got to work on it a bit further and make a final piece that has a more integrated background and has a bit more energy etc etc... but a that little bit of positive feedback was worth all the struggle over the past few weeks.


Of course once I've done the final piece it's onto the next assignment which is " The figure and the environment" and no doubt I'll be back to square one but for this week until my next tutorial... I'm on cloud nine!

32 comments:

  1. Gina these are excellent -
    perseverance is the key :o)
    I always struggled with life drawing at college and uni - people are just the hardest thing to draw and until you've tried it I don't think you really appreciate it. Top Job!

    Monda
    x

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  2. You really got the dancing figures down wonderfully - I think this really shows a lot of movement. Way to go.

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  3. The dancers are great,I like them painted on the newspaper.
    They have excellent movement.x

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  4. Well done - it's great when things finally slot into place. Can't wait to see your next piece!!!

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  5. You should be on cloud nine Gina -- those dancers are awesome!

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  6. Absolutely positively gorgeous. I love the tango couple on newsprint. Well done and you definietly should be proud.

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  7. Better than Strictly Come Dancing! Your tango-ers (tangoists?) would look great in textile too.

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  8. Those dancers are wonderful - and you must be on cloud nine over the tutor's comments!

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  9. Brilliant Gina!........
    You've cracked it this week!!

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  10. A little (well-deserved) praise goes a long way! You must be so pleased with your tango drawings, though I do feel you could have introduced more edges .... (heeheehee)

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  11. The black and white on black and white looks great, I love the piece shown as a whole, real energy. Really edgy!

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  12. Well done Gina and especially on getting some approval from your tutor. Enjoy cloud nine!

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  13. Well done. The Tango Dancers are brilliant.

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  14. I love the tango dancers - better than the strictly dancing celebrities.

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  16. Gina, this is fantastic work (says the complete novice). I love the movement you've captured in htese figures and the background of newspaper works really well. I will be interested to see how you integrate it some more. Isn't it always the way that you get really involved with a piece finally and then it's time to shift on to the next? Well done you x

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  17. Love the white against the 'grey' newsprint - very graphic. I admire how you get back to the script and then move on... isn't it good to have a real asignment pushing you through (even though the tracks gets a bit rutted and diverted at times).

    Will you have to take this on to a textile piece?

    Celia
    x

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  18. Classy, luv, classy. In fact, really, really classy.

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  19. Those are not just drawings of people..you got the feeling right too. I'd be stuck at the question never mind the drawing.

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  20. So you should be, all your hard work has paid off, you've achieved a wonderful feeling of movement in your dancers, particularly in the last one of the series before the full page spread.
    Good luck with the next project.

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  21. Brilliant! I'm glad you got some positive feed back at last!

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  22. I am particularly taken with their edges Miss Gina.

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  23. Those are wonderful pieces! I've no idea how you got through this horrible module but you have certainly cracked it now, those dancers really move! I didn't even understand the instructions- well done Gina. And a big hug for perseverance.

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  24. Brilliant - I really love these! And it's made me want to see the film again xx

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  25. wow gina, how fantastic are they!!!
    i think you've definitely cracked it.

    xx

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  26. really brilliant drawings Gina, love the movement and posture you've captured. very very good!!

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  27. The drawings are just so beautiful!

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