Merry Christmas!

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xmass 2017

I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Here are some images from a life size nativity scene that I created for the church of Sant’ Ambrogio from awhile back.  The post about that wonderful project can be found here.

1 presepe

Front view of Sant’ Ambrogio presepe

2 presepe

Side view of presepe

4 presepe copy

Detail of the Madonna

Observed Anatomy

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anatomy overlay drawing

Figure study, graphite on paper, 50cm x 70cm

Several times a year, I have the pleasure to teach figure drawing and artistic anatomy to the beginning and intermediate students at Charles Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy.

A competent knowledge of human anatomy is fundamental for successfully incorporating the figure into one’s work.  My personal approach to teaching this is simultaneously develop observation skills while familiarize the to student with underlying structure through the creation of graphic overlays.

The class begins with a drawing is created over a series of sessions from a model.  Once the drawings are at a certain level overlays of the skeleton and muscle groups are created.  In addition to the model, a skeleton and Paul Richer’s Artistic Anatomy aid the  student in the development of work.

The images above and below are the examples I created during the class.

 

anatomy overlay skeleton

Overlay of the skeleton, graphite on tracing paper, 50cm x 70cm

 

anatomy overlay muscles

Overlay of the major muscle groups, colored pencil and chalk on tracing paper, 50cm x 70cm