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SI Youth Sketchers: Let’s Face It!

Before the winter holidays our youth sketching crew participated in a 4-week course introducing the basics of drawing realistic human faces. They also drew faces of animals and fantastic creatures as well. Everyone agreed that making human faces look real is one of their biggest challenges in drawing. Helen, a 16-year-old SI sketcher, commented on how she really wants to improve drawing Manga characters. But realizes that learning to draw realistic people is an important step in creating better Manga people. So we mixed the real stuff with what this crew loves to do—drawing from the imagination. In the above photo Hannah (facing camera) and Megan get focused on the proportions of a plaster cast statue bust.

Scroll down to view everyone’s work.

Each lesson emphasized blocking in basic shapes of the face and head, measuring proportions, placement of facial features, and contour lines. Students then adapted the lesson to concept art exercises and their own free drawing.

 

Plaster casts make great models because they never move! In the above photos, our youth sketchers study realistic, accurate proportions while using charcoal.

 

Our first lesson focused on drawing profile views of the human face. We started by doing study sketches of a skull to learn about the overall shape of the head and how to sketch guidelines to place facial features. Then everyone sat on the drawing horses to draw the profile views of each other, a great introduction to drawing people from real life.

 

  

As they faced each other, students had 40 minutes to draw accurate proportions of the head and features of the model’s face. Because the model was always moving, capturing a likeness was a fun challenge. Megan kept telling Hannah to hold still! Above left is Helen capturing a likeness of Rena, hat and all. Shown above right is a portrait sketch of Helen drawn by Hannah.

 

One of our most interesting and challenging lessons was to ‘morph’ a face of a human character into an animal; then animals into other animals or creatures. The imaginations of our young artists really shined through in their sketches! Shown clock wise, starting above left: Rena cranks out amazing morph and face study sketches; Rena character morph sketch; Helen’s realistic dog to cartoon cat; Hannah’s favorite musician turns into a gazelle.

 

Students drew from work by Leonardo da Vinci and Corot to learn about measuring proportions and feature placement of front and profile views. Then students were told to pretend they had 20 minutes to create a storyboard for an animation director. They had to include the sketch of the Girl with the Beret (by Corot) in a visual story using different camera angles and zooms. It was really fun to watch these future concept artists in action.

And now… for studies and drawings by our SI studio youth sketchers…

Helen

   

 

Hannah

 

 

Megan

 

Rena

  

 

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Draw to Learn: Salinas Sketchers Get Busy Learning the Basics

Improvement comes from building a foundation of strong, basic drawing skills. Students at Salinas Community school got busy at improving their drawing skills quickly. Scroll down to see everyone’s drawings. Click on images to enlarge for details.

 

 

More advanced students learned about drawing 3D form, realistic contour edges, and tonal values as they drew from real life objects. Above left are Gerardo’s pencil study sketches and finished charcoal drawing of a shell. To the left are Cindy’s study and final charcoal drawing of a pumpkin.

 

Students also learned about positive and negative space, contours, and 3D form as they drew an egret. Above left are Gerardo’s pencil study and large-format charcoal drawing. To the right are Jesus’ studies and final charcoal drawing.

 

Learning to measure simple shapes of a dragonfly, then finishing with accurate, realistic contour edges is an important lesson in basic skills. Students also learn to draw the dragonfly on large-format paper while maintaining accurate proportions. Drawings shown clockwise, starting upper left, are by Angel, Gerardo, Ricky A., and Elijah.

 

All students, in the first day of class, learn how to grip the pencil and do basic warm up exercises with curved and angled lines.

And now… amazing drawings by the Salinas Community Sketchers…

Ricardo

 

Jesus

 

Marcella

 

Josh

 

Adam

 

Ricky I.

 

Bianca

 

Vanessa C.

 

Elijah

 

Anthony

 

Brandon

 

Ricky A.

 

Ricardo

 

H.

 

Heather

 

Martin

 

Cindy

 

Marcelo

 

Bianca

 

Vanessa S.

 

Giselle

 

Angel

 

Noe

 

Monserrat

 

Joel

 

Danny

 

Gerardo

 

Ricky I.

 

Chente

 

Jose

 

Priscilla


Jesus

 

Kevin

 

Heri

 

Adrian

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Draw to Learn: Louden Nelson Sketchers Explore Materials

The fall semester saw a lot of excellent work by students at Louden Nelson Community School.

 

Sketchers tried their hand at a variety of different media including Prismacolor pencils, pastels, and charcoal.

 

Students also studied proportion grids, contours, and tonal values of faces. Above left is Melissa’s drawing of dog. To the right is Amanda’s drawing of a woman’s face.

 

As students advanced in their skills they delved into realism. Above left are Maria’s pastel drawings of a plant and flower. Above right are Melissa’s study sketches of the contours of a pumpkin drawn from real life.

Above left are Corey’s pencil and charcoal studies of an egret (positive/negative space lesson) and a fox (cross-hatch pencil technique). To the right are Rafa’s positive/negative studies of an egret.

 

Some students began animation character design. Above left is Rielly’s charecter sketch and to the right is Stormie’s tonal value concept sketch.

 

Above left is Michael’s 2-point perspective study sketch. Above right is Maria’s atmospheric perspective drawing.

 

Above left is Mayra’s pastel drawing after the artist Picasso. To the right is a page out of Arastas’ abstract art sketchbook.

And now… for all of our student drawings…

Emilio

 

 

 

 

Stormie

 

Nicole

 

Rafa

 

Vanessa

 

Michael

 

Oscar

 

Maria

 

Jorge

 

Corey

 

Forrest

 

Mayra

 

Rielly

 

Melissa

 

Arastas

 

Azalia

 

Anthony

 

Cristian

 

Ashley

 

Daniel

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Monterey Youth Center Explores Form, Proportion, and Color

As we head into the holiday break, the Monterey Youth Center Sketchers continued to improve their skills in drawing from observation and imagination. Students drew from plaster casts of eyes, 3D objects such as pumpkins and artwork by big-time artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso, and Van Gogh. We also explored using color and techniques such as cross-hatching lines and stipple (using dots to create tone). Shown above are drawings of eyes by Sergio. He used an easel as he used charcoal to draw from a large plaster cast of an eye as well as the ink stipple technique as he drew from a reference picture.

Scroll down to see the outstanding work done by our sketchers. Click on images to view larger for details.

Working from a measuring grid, students learned to enlarge a face while maintaining accurate proportions. Drawings shown clockwise starting above left: Adrian; Rohsaan; Michael B.; Gerardo S.

 

Shown above are large-format compositions by Cristian. While using an easel he explored charcoal, graphite, and pastels as he drew from photos and cubist artwork by Pablo Picasso.

 

Ink stipple technique and pencil studies of eyes. Drawings shown clockwise starting upper left: Rohsaan; Castro; Jorge; T.J.

 

Students learned to layer red, yellow, and blue Prismacolor pencils to create a realistic apple. Above left is an drawing by Gerardo S. and to the right is Sergio’s drawing.

Youth Center sketchers also experimented with pencil techniques to create tones and textures. Above left is Castro’s cross-hatched line drawing of a fox. To the right is Sergio’s drawing after a landscape sketch by Vincent Van Gogh.

As students continued exploring realistic form, proportions, and tonal values they used a measuring grid to draw a dog. Drawings shown clockwise starting upper left: Michael B.; Salas; Josh; Rohsaan

For the Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays our sketchers drew from real-life pumpkins. They learned to do study sketches of contours and tonal values before finishing a large-format charcoal drawing. Above left are pencil and charcoal drawings by Roberto and to the right is a charcoal drawing by T.J.

And now… for the cool drawings by Youth Center sketchers:

Josh

 

Abram

 

Mendez

 

Trinidad

 

Salas

 

Castro

 

Jorge

 

Ramon

 

Michael L.

 

Roberto

 

Juan G.

 

Oscar

 

 

Alberto

 

T.J.

 

Cristian

 

Sergio

 

 

Adrian

 

Rohsaan

 

 

Michael B.

 

Jose A.

 

Kevin

 

Martin V.

 

Victor

 

Dominico