My first critique is this week. Hiroshi Hayakawa, CCAD Professor in Photography, teaches Intro to Photo, Photo I, Photo II, Material Studies, SOSA Studio Art & Entrepreneurship and mentors graduate students. Hayakawa earned a BA in French Literature at Keio University in Tokyo, BFAs in Photography and Fine Arts at CCAD, and an MFA in Photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Hayakawa works in photography, drawing, painting, sculpture and paper craft, and has agreed to be my mentor this semester.
He is uber talented in the quality, diversity of media and volume of art he has produced. Check him out here: http://www.hiroshi-hayakawa.com/
He met with me and gave me a one hour compressed lecture on various artists who are exploring charcoal and graphite on a large scale. These are a few new artists from around the world, that I learned about and have been researching based on Hiroshi’s recommendations:
He also suggested a book, Pastel Painting ATELIER, by Ellen Eagle which I have purchased and begun reading (it is a great book):
So, I walked away from my meeting with Hiroshi with a broader idea for media exploration this semester as I figure out my style and refine my craft. We talked about my original desire to explore/relearn the technical craft of drawing with charcoal and graphite and he suggested exploring more forms of mark making while/during the charcoal/graphite exploration. The artists he showed me worked with charcoal and tattoo ink, pastels, gouache/watercolor wash, conte’ on mylar. So to that end I have been experimenting with permanent marker with alcohol wash and sandpaper, traditional charcoal male figure studies, to a digital painting of a superhero scene. You see, as I am on this path to rediscover my love of art making, I have gone back to revisit some of the things I loved to draw when I was young…where my love of drawing started. I loved to draw dinosaurs, super heros and outerspace scenes. To that end I completed a digital painting with mixed media of Spiderman versus Venom. Here are some of the process pics along the way (the final digital painting was output on 20″x48″canvas and acrylic paint and charcoal were applied after). It was a lot of fun.:
Here is one of my more realistic portraits drawn with white charcoal on 22″x32″ black charcoal paper. The first shot is in process but that is my work area, I tape my paper up and use an ipad for visual reference when drawing. The yellow canvas is a part of a 6 panel (18″x 24″ each) painting I am working on which I intend on covering with white and black charcoal. This will show up in the 2nd and/or 3rd critique.:
Here is a drawing of a dancer on blue that I balled up after completing it (inspired by the last critique where one of our classmates did not treat her work as “precious” – loved that) to get the wrinkles. The final piece now has white paint dry brushed across the high parts (it is largeish 53″ tall by 6feet ish wide and looks worse than when I started ( I lost the truth of the line but found some interesting patterns/textures that I want to explore more):
During my first critique you will see a wide variety of subjects, media treatments and styles. I am trying to figure out “what” I like to draw and “how” I want to draw it. Lastly, here is a 4’x6′ traditional figure study:
I hope to install on Wednesday afternoon. Thank you.