Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Drawing is seeing

Back to Hipbone Studio today. Our model was a young woman who had the ability to stay as still as stone. She was good.

 In one pose (above) she wore a mardi gras type mask. 

short pose, pointed toe

Milton Glaser is a legendary graphic artist. It's safe to say that his brilliant career was built on his intensely clean drawing skills. Glaser says: "Drawing is seeing, I only really look at things when I draw them". 

(Top Photo) Life Drawing, Celeste Bergin, Resting on a pillow, pencil on 18x24
Photo 2, Life Drawing, Celeste Bergin, With a Mardi gras mask, pencil on 18x24
Photo 3, Life Drawing, Celeste Bergin, Standing, pencil on 18x24

MILTON GLASER DRAWS & LECTURES from SEECOY on Vimeo.

13 comments:

Sadami said...

Hi, Celeste,
What a deep truth in your subject line!! Yes, we draw like we see...! Hard work. I'll start a life drawing class from next Monday.
Cheers, Sadami

Jeanette said...

Wonderful drawings. I so wish I there were life classes I could attend here. Well there are, but all scheduled during the day when I'm working. :(

The video clip was perfect. Drawing is everything in art. It amazes me that it is not emphasized in training anymore. Its so vital.

CrimsonLeaves said...

My frustration comes because I can't draw what I see well. My daughter says I strive for too much detail. Bah! I've long admired your drawing skills, Celeste. Especially hands & feet!

John Simlett said...

Really interesting post, Celeste, thank you. You are obviously adept at drawing what you see.

The video carries a potent message and I will try drawing things outside of my normal area (buildings)... and then hide them! :0)

The drawing he makes of Shakespeare reminds me of our earlier discussion - how modern folk see things differently to the ancestors.
In a 'Midsummer Night's Dream' Shakespeare has Puck saying "I'll put a girdle round about the earth
In forty minutes." To us that's a throw away line, but as Sir Francis Drake had only just sailed around the world (the first to do it - it took 3 years) Puck's line was almost "Breaking News" in modern times.
Drawing Lines & writing lines is so exciting ... and what I like most!"

Libby Fife said...

What a great little video! Thanks. Such an economy of line too-I really enjoyed that part best:)

Your life drawings are always fun to look over. I can imagine that the classes are helpful and frustrating all at once:)

Dan Kent said...

I love the fluid lines in the first drawing - like poetry.

L.W.Roth, said...

Wonderful Video. Mesmerizing to watch how sure Mr. Glass is of where to put down the lines. My problem is I'm not sure--until I've done many drawings of the same subject in the same way, which doesn't happen nearly at all. Your nudes are drawn cleanly, telltale of many hours spent in study. Very impressive.

hw (hallie) farber said...

Beautiful drawings; I really like the top one. I can't decide--we don't see things until we draw them, or we can't draw things until we see them.

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Hi Celeste,
Excellent posting! I thoroughly enjoy seeing your drawings and viewing the interview.
Most enlightening!

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Hi Celeste, I thoroughly enjoyed looking at your graceful drawings and listening to the interview on the video; most enlightening! Thanks!

Page Railsback said...

Thanks Celeste..I love your style..and I appreciate the video..I am afraid of "drawing"..I liked Milton explaining that it isn't about drawing it right...kind if a metaphor for life..just draw..just paint

Michael Lindstrom said...

Great drawings Celeste! I especially enjoy the textures and shading of the third one. I really enjoyed the video too, thanks for sharing:{>

Dave Castillo said...

I enjoyed tht video very much. I wish I could draw half as well as you