Drawing Class – Week 9

Last class! We presented our final projects (two drawings) and discussed our strengths and weaknesses. Only seven people showed up for the required final session. A couple more had a valid excuse. Some just didn’t get the final project done; they had better have been taking the class for no credit! With only seven projects and presentations to go through, we had a very relaxed pace and were still done a bit early.



I tried for a contrast between the dark, almost brutal rendering of the euphonium and the delicate rendering of the violin. The class seemed to like it, too.

For each student’s final project, we played a little guessing game. The other students would try to guess at the connection between the two drawings. The “musical instruments” connection between my two was perhaps the most obvious. Nobody got that I’d zoomed in on one of the two parts of each instrument where the action happens (valves, bowing area on the strings), and cropped out the other center of action (mouthpiece, fingering area of the strings). Nobody could have known that both instruments are Michelle’s.

Some parts of the euphonium picture really look like brass tubes. Other parts aren’t so polished. Both drawings were done in the last two days before the deadline, thanks to some other projects and the usual procrastination. They could have been better if I’d allowed more time, but overall I’m pretty pleased.

5 thoughts on “Drawing Class – Week 9”

  1. Wow, Paul! I am impressed! Reading in reverse chronological order, I saw the drawings before I read that you were taking a class, and I was wondering who the great artist was! 😀

  2. OMG – Ellen told me that you took at drawing class and to go look at what you did. I am AMAZED!! I wonder if I could learn to draw. You made amazing progress in such a short time. Was the teacher that good or do you think you just have the knack? Can’t wait to see.

  3. I have no doubt you could learn to draw if you gave it a chance. I might have had a leg up in seeing two-dimensionally from doing photography for all those years, but I never really tried to draw before the course. I didn’t think I’d be any good at it. Still don’t, really.

    It turns out there’s really nothing very magic about it. There are a few tricks and exercises to get past the usual naive mistakes that everybody makes, but the whole thing (for realistic representational drawing from real life, anyway) boils down to one thing: draw what you really see, not what you think ought to be there.

    The other big revelation for me was that it’s slow work, at least for me. It can take hours to do a relatively simple drawing. The good news is that the time flies … the work is very absorbing. Of course, it helps if you can set aside some time to work without interruptions.


  4. I am signed up for an online drawing class through UNT that starts in November and I am working my way through the exercises on LearnToDraw.com right now. So far it is fun!

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