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Schoolism with Stephen Silver: Assignment 8

Assignment 8 was to draw in the sketchbook, and show some pages of observational sketches and a memory sketch. I took some pictures of my colleagues and used that as a reference for figure drawing. I also did a head sketch of Audrey Hepburn.

Memory sketch (this was a dude at the library, who was looking at the book shelf while eating an apple):




Stephen’s comments: Stephen didn’t really critique the sketches in the same way as the other assignments we’ve made, because it’s more about just doing it, exploring and capturing gesture and all that. He just wanted to make sure that I am doing it, and that I don’t leave out stuff like that hand and that I draw through and find the form and gesture. I told him I was afraid of sketchbooks and that I’d drawn from photos, which was fine but if I really want to grow I need to start carrying a sketchbook and draw from life. I just need to get over the thought that everything needs to look polished and fleshed out, the point of the sketchbook is to explore and try new things, meaning 90% of it is gonna be shit. But it’s shit I’ll learn from. Well, that’s the idea anyways. The memory sketched could use some relaxing in the pose, get that S-curve in their first and not make it so stiff. And pay attention to the folds in the clothes. This is the type of stuff you learn in your sketchbook I suppose.


Schoolism with Stephen Silver: Assignment 7

Assignment 7 was to do 6 (facial) expressions and 2 attitudes (full-body). I also coloured my character. My attitudes turned out pretty shitty.




Stephen’s comments: “Love the colour!”, very nice overall. But try to maintain the volume in the shadows, the shadows on the pants have some volumes, but the folds at the bottom’s getting a bit flat. Watch the values/contrast on the hair vs. the turtle neck, they’re getting to even. The expressions are looking pretty good, don’t be afraid to pull out the glasses a bit more though to stop everything from getting so crowded. Remember to draw through all the shapes all the time (like the glasses, draw the full circle). If I maintain all my shapes everything will be a lot clearer and make more sense. The left attitude drawing is feeling too stiff and even, get the gesture drawing in first with the tilts at the hips and shoulders and make it more loose. Try pushing it more and add depth. The right attitude is getting a bit too broken, the body isn’t really making sense. Once again, get the gesture in first.


Schoolism with Stephen Silver: Assignment 6

Assignment 6 was to do turn arounds, in order from left to right: front view, front 3/4, side and back 3/4.


Stephen’s comments: Overall very good. However, as with almost every assignment so far I still need to mind my volumes and draw through my shapes a bit more. The construction (and perspective) is lacking a bit in places, and the scale is a bit inconsistent.


Schoolism with Stephen Silver: Assignment 5

Assignment 5 was to take the character and do a clean up (no colour).

Here are my preliminary sketches:


Rough, sketch and clean:


Stephen’s comments: Good job! Overall pretty good consistency in lines, some are getting a bit to thick though. Remember how gravity affects the pants and the hat, maybe pull them down a bit more; for example, round off the lines on the bottom of the hat and make the fold-ups on the pants feel more rested on top of the shoes. The face needs a bit clearning up as it’s getting a bit tangenty. Some lines are almost too close to each other. Mind the hands, the thumb could be a bit bigger for example.


Schoolism with Stephen Silver: Assignment 4

Assignment 4 was pretty straight-forward: fill up a page (preferably several) with hands, eyes, noses, ears and mouths; realistically as well as cartoony. Make it clear and “design” ever shape. Here are some of what I drew, I’m pretty happy with everything except the hands which are pretty awful. But I new from the get-go that that’s what I need the most practice on.

face hands

Stephen’s comments: Some good hands, but don’t just trace! (I submitted a few pages of tracings of both real hand and Disney hands where I was trying to break down the shapes, but a lot of them were just tracings). Try to understand how, for example, Glen Keane constructed his hands from start to finish and break it down. Keep the rhythm in the knuckles and fingers. Mind the volumes, don’t vary the width of the fingers too much. Keep practicing. As for the facial features: very nice, clean and confident! But don’t be afraid to finish of the lines on the eyes.

Schoolism with Stephen Silver: Assignment 3

Here’s some of the stuff I submitted for my third assignment in the Schoolism course:

Caricatures of Bertrand Russell, Steven Pinker, A.C. Grayling, Robert Nozick, Friedrich Nietzsche, Nigel Warburton, Daniel Dennett, Stephen Silver and Karl Marx.


Some random faces and shapes, the bottom three are all based on Stephen Silver’s face.


This was one of the main assignments, draw the man “realistically” first (well, try at least) and then use the information you learned from that and make three extreme faces with what we’ve learned so far.


Continuation on the Jekylls and Hydes, I wasn’t particularly pleased with my Hydes.


Drawing the skull.

Stephen’s comments (paraphrased by me): Good effort! Nice and clean, nice and clear! But I still need to work on my basic construction more, i.e. how does things wrap around the form (like on the bowler hat on the man) and how does the perspective really work? Watch the anatomy in the face, even if the shapes are getting really extreme and cartoony they still need to make sense. Watch out for floating lines that don’t really make sense.