Tuesday, February 19, 2008

perceiving and communicating




The drawing class I am teaching this semester is titled Perception and Communication. It is named this way as it is vital that designers not only be able to dream up wonderful ideas, but also be able to communicate them on paper. Right now my students are in the middle of a project where they are documenting several buildings on campus. They must develop perspectives filled with entourage...people, cars, plants, furniture, trash recepticles...you name it. Today, we spent part of the class period drawing one another in 60-second and 30-second poses in an effort to develop quick, effective methods of drawing the "scale figures" that will fill our spaces.

I touched up the first group digitally with the Wacom Tablet Edgar got me for Christmas. I've only started trying to work with it this week and it's taking a little getting used to...

27 comments:

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Brilliant and fabulous.
I want to draw like THIS. Have you used a marker to for the shadows in the first page?

Andrea said...

Hi, you won the 14 red pens on the BGD blog, please eamil me your address so I can get them shipped out.

Thanks so much for dropping by!!

Karen said...

okay, so how do you do that? really. i agree with andrea ... that's how i want to be able to draw people.

want to relocate to the northeast ohio area?

Anonymous said...

What a fabulous exercise and great gesture drawings. I wish I could get people to stand still for 30-60 seconds! I have so many people on the sidewalks, but everyone is in constant movement, even if waiting for the bus!
Shirley
http://www.paperandthreads.com

MIguel Herranz said...

Considering how you used markers, soon you'll be a master with the tablet. (I have a complete set of copic markers almost forgotten since I started with the tablet. (This Christmas Santa brought me a Cintiq http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ueHdyFUhMQ, yes!!!) Great, great sketches, tienes la mano dulce (we say in Spain)

Jennifer Lawson said...

Wonderful gesture drawings. What a great class that must have been.

thats just it said...

awesome suzanne!

you make it look so simple.

Piercing The Veil said...

i love your sketch ..... i always like to see varied positions body languages all in one sketch


great just great

good eve

Lynne said...

Can I just say that the depth of your talent is simply amazing? How do you do this? It looks like it just comes out of your hand perfectly -- no messing with proportions, or where things should go -- they just end up in exactly the right spot. You are brilliant!

ShadesOfGrey said...

I feel so ambivalent toward quick, gesture drawings: on the one hand, I love what they teach you about commiting a pose to memory and how to catch nuances that define one's subject; on the other hand, I want to pull out my hair and scream because usually the subjects move too quickly for me to memorize the pose to draw it. LOL!

I love your sketches, Suzanne! I feel silly for not knowing what a Wacom Tablet is, so thanks for the link...I'll look it up. :)

Anita Davies said...

I LOVE these, I wanna be in your class.

Roshnee said...

Hi.. which university do you teach in and what is it exactly that you teach?

suzanne said...

Hi Roshnee - I teach in the Interior Architecture Department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro....a great place to be!

Kim said...

Great people! All of your work takes me back to school days! Thanks for that.

Thanks for visiting my blog yesterday. I hope you were able to get some good rest.

janabouc said...

These are terrific. I love drawings that are collections of things and there's nothing better to collect on paper than people, I think!

Kim said...
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Kim said...

this is a great exercise for all ages Suzanne...
I have found that younger children as well as art students enjoy the process and that (usually) the shorter the time the better the sketch :)

r said...

Hey this is Roshnee again..
thanks for replying.. does your uni offer a course on graphic design as well??

then i might see u next year ! :P

littlemithi said...

Nice stuff! Can we have you over here teaching on my course too??!! please please pretty please???

wagonized said...

What a great exercise. And congrats on the Wacom tablet!

suzanne said...

Hi Roshee- UNCG does offer digital design courses. You can find out more by visiting www.uncg.edu

r said...

Thanks a ton.. im just checking it out..
ur so awesome!

sherif said...

that was really great and simple, should everyone start by sketching before starting drawing complete figures ?

melissa said...

I think I would really like to take this class.

Anonymous said...

Just so everyone knows, you would love to have this class- I'm in it and it is a blast!

Lost In Wonder said...

I really love these little people. They're really good at communicating emotion.

Jennifer said...

I love being in your class because your drawings are amazing its really cool that i can tell who everyone is even without the little names that you included...