Saturday, April 6, 2013


The exercise for Week 8 was sort of like a game of "telephone." Each participant was given a photograph, and then asked to draw it. They then passed only their drawing to the next student, who copied the drawing. This continued, so that we kept making drawings of drawings of drawings, and so on. As an extra challenge, each drawing was done in significantly less time than the previous one, so that we started with a 30 minute drawing, then a 20 minute drawing, a 10 minute drawing, an 8 minute drawing, and so forth, with most drawings being under 5 minutes.

We then spread out the drawings, in the order in which they were drawn (thanks to an arcane alphanumeric system devised by me, Professor Quackenbush). George Burnett graciously scanned every drawing and compiled them into the animated GIFs shown below. By the way, the original photos were randomly chosen from a Google search for the term "uninteresting." Enjoy.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

No Session This Week: Spring Break

Please take note: there is no session during Spring Break (March 25). We'll resume on April 1st.

Please being scissors or some other cutting tool, and color/construction paper, if you have any. I will have about 120 sheets on hand, so we probably won't need any, but feel free to bring a few sheets just in case. We'll be doing a collaborative/character design/ collage exercise...

Monday, March 11, 2013

Week 8 Preview

Week 7 was an open studio session, but we will resume our drawing exercises for Week 8. Bring 20 sheets of paper (your choice, can be any kind of paper), just make sure they're trimmed down to 8.5 X 8.5 inches. Bring the tools/drawing instruments of your choice. I recommend something other than pencil. Get creative: can be paint, pastel, markers, color pencil, color paper, collage scraps, etc. See you on Monday!

We Go Until May...

It's been brought to my attention that there was a typo in the very first "Welcome" post. The workshop, rest assured, goes all semester long, until May 13. We'll just take a break the last week of March, because that's Spring break and the building will be closed early.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Pix Galore

Here is the long-awaited update and promised "pix" from Weeks 4 through 6. First, the inverted mechanical/organic drawings from Week 4. We started with a technical illustration by Beau Daniels and a drawing by Philip Guston as reference points. 

We drew the technical illustration as organically as possible. For those who finished early, they had the option of drawing the Guston image as mechanically or geometrically as possibly. Here are some results. From top to bottom: Matt Novak, Ness Rago, Carl Zeller, Kevin Budnik, Naji Sierra, and three by Betty Heredia.

And here are some other drawings by Betty Heredia, followed by a couple of snapshots from Week 6. Looking forward to seeing everyone for Week 7. We'll have an open studio, unless we vote to do some exercises.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Week 5 Preview

Open Studio! Bring whatever project you'd like to work on.

Week 4 Reflections

Attendees: Kevin Budnik, Angela Caggiano, Chris Dazzo, Betty Heredia, Marieke McClendon, Matt Novak, Ness Rago, Naji Sierra, and Carl Zeller.

Documentarian: George Burnett.

Professor Dingleberry: Ivan Brunetti.

So, as we were saying...

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Memento. The Rock. Spirited Away. The Green Mile. Kingpin. Rope. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Beauty and the Beast. The Thing. All Quiet on the Western Front. The Wrestler. Big Fish. The Nightmare Before Christmas. For Your Eyes Only. Enter the Dragon. It Happened One Night. Heat. Murderball. The Road Warrior. Snakes on a Plane. 8 1/2. Children of a Lesser God. Black Swan. The Departed. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Stripes. Life is Beautiful. The Sting. Red Dawn. Mona Lisa Smile. Million Dollar Baby.

If you attended the Week 4 session, you know what these movie titles are all about. But if you weren't there... well, you had to be there.

In this session, we took a very precise technical illustration of an engine block and tried to redraw it in the most organic way possible (whatever "organic" meant to each of us). Optionally, we also had a Philip Guston drawing that we could redraw in the most geometric, "mechanical" way possible.

Pix are on their way.