Albrecht Durer blocks it out

Burne Hogarth – Dynamic Figure Drawing
Pelvis wedge, Torso barrel

Pelvis first, then legs

Whistle shaped heads

Hogarth’s heads

Body Proportions – 7-8 skull lengths

Head Proportions

Anatomical Midpoint


William Kentridge Lectures in Cambridge

William Kentridge is a South African artist who animates his charcoal drawings. He constructs his animations by filming a giant drawing, photographing the drawing after each erasure and change. A single drawing creates an entire animation. These palimpsest-like drawings are later displayed along with the films as finished pieces of art.

He is coming to Cambridge for nearly two months to do a series of weekly lectures. The lectures are free, but you need to come get tickets for each lecture a few hours earlier each week at the Harvard box office (in the Holoyoke Center, near the Harvard T-station).

Info here:



Please create a 15 drawing animation, executing a “camera move” through space. This might be a camera pan (standing in one spot, looking from left to right, or right to left), or a tilt (like a head nodding up and down), or a track (a dolly shot: smooth linear movements forward, backward, or along the side of a scene. You could execute a walk down a street, or even a ride up an elevator.)

We spent a lot of time during our last class looking at, considering, and drawing horizon lines, vanishing points, and receding lines.  You may do your assignment entirely from your imagination, from actually walking through a space/street and drawing what you see, or by building a scale model (in the computer or real), and drawing that.  Whatever you do, draw small enough spatial increments so that he camera move is smooth.

Extra credit if you can conceive of a camera move in a loop.

Please submit a quicktime.mov with H.264 compression, titled yourname_spacemove.mov

Assignment is due March 14th at the beginning of class.



Please do the following drawings:

1. a copy of a master drawing (in the Art of Europe hallway or the Works on Paper room)
2. a dancing shiva (motion over time)
3. 3 different drawings of an ancient sculpture, head to toe, from 3 positions, rotating around the sculpture


Back at home, following our guest Peter’s demonstration, please draw the architectural scene outside of your windown, using pen on acetate.

Bring the drawings to class on Wednesday.


Hi everyone! Just a reminder that class tomorrow is in the Paramount Building, Studio 9 (4th floor).  We’ll be life drawing.  Be sure to bring a sketchbook with a stiff back, larger than 8×10 recommended.  Or, bring a board of some kind that you can use to draw on (plus clips or tape to secure the paper).  There are chairs with movable writing surfaces in the room, and you will probably want to lower the table and work off your lap, one of your hands holding the hard drawing surface at an angle to your body.

See you Wednesday at 6pm!


Assignment #3


In preparation for the next two weeks of life drawing, please execute a series of drawings, recapping the drawing techniques we’ve explored thus far.

Create a still life out of the white geometric objects given to you in class.  Draw the types of drawings listed below.  Execute each drawing on a separate piece of paper.  You may move the objects around from one drawing to the next, or work with the same composition the entire time.

1. (5 mins)  Blind contour, still life outline only

2. (5 mins) Blind contour, this time lines running around the objects AND across the objects, mapping their volumes

3.  (20 mins) “Sighted” Measured Line Drawing – show guidemarks.  Angles and Proportions between objects correct

4. (30 mins) “Sighted” Measured Line Drawing #2

5. (40 mins) Tone drawing showing a range of values from highlights to midtones to shadows.  You may either begin with a new line drawing and add tones, or begin by applying midtone to the whole drawing, and then erasing to get highlights and darkening areas of shadow.

The drawings are due at the beginning of class Wednesday.