Draftsmanship

  • Concept

    Held in high regard is the theory and practice that "draftsmanship" is key to expanding the range of imagery that a visual artist can create out of nothingness; that draftsmanship is the catalyst in removing most limitations in tangible visualizations.

    In parallel to the musician that practices "music theory scales" to understand the structure of music -- which notes are used, how chords are constructed within a key signature -- the visual artist that practices "draftsmanship" comes to understand the structure of visual art -- which lines, volumes, textures, colors, and other art elements are used -- and how forms are constructed within a particular aesthetic. For this studio, draftsmanship remains a key factor in visualizing concepts successfully.

  • Goals/Challenges

    • Place focus on subject matter dealing with complex structural elements (internal and external)-- i.e., human and wildlife anatomy.
    • Exercise ways of seeing / the interconnections of internal and external structural elements (the relations of bone, muscle, skin, light, gravity), and translation of these elements in physical space (spatial relationships, proportions, and perspective).
    • Maintain the development of craftsmanship - hand-to-eye coordination, distinct and succinct mark-making, range of aesthetic sensibilities.
  • Tech Specs

    • Images: formal life drawings / figure studies, street / everyday life drawings, and animal figure studies. long-pose, short-pose, and no-pose (observational) sessions.
    • Mediums / materials: arches, sketchbook, charcoal, and newsprint paper types. graphite sticks, graphite pencils, wax pencils, and brush pens.
    • Viewing context: for wall or book viewing
    • Dimension(s): variable (from 25in. x 40in. to 4in. x 4in.)
  • Credits

    • Draftsmanship: Phil Delacruz