I sort of rumbled my way into the forum with my projector and this thread
. From all of the great input and discussion there, I was snapped back to reality and to the drive that led me to my BA in the first place. So, now I am at a fork in my path and was hoping to get some input and advice as I work out my best options.
First off, I have been doing some form or artwork off and on since I was a boy. I received my BA in Fine Art from California State University in 2004 and have since dabbled in a little bit of everything: filmmaking, sculpture, computer animation, photography, and yes portraiture. Though I had the opportunity to draw and sculpt from life while obtaining my BA, it certainly was not extensive training. My original drive to attend art school was my love of figurative work. Somehow that was all lost in the midst of school and life (and children). I have a good start and am still but a "spring chicken" at 33 years old.
I would like to focus on figurative work. This has always been the type of work that inspires me and that I have enjoyed creating. I have always been one to jump right in and get started, but being a stay-at-home dad, attending school full time again is not an option. That being the case, I am planning on setting up some type of curriculum for myself.
Here is a list of sorts (brainstorm really) of things that I have come up with so far.
Sight size drawing:
The closest I have come to doing sight size drawings is completing studies from magazines and from Burne Hogarth's books. I really like the idea of working with some Bargue plates to hone my seeing ability. This seems to be the starting point with many ateliers. I just need to look into the actual technique a bit more. I'm planning on purchasing Bargue's drawing course in the near future, so hopefully it will provide some insight.
I found a cast thread
on the forum with various links for buying casts. Ouch, that could add up. Good thing they can be rotated. I really like the idea of cast drawing since I can do it at home in my studio and as time (kids) allow.
There is a local community college located nearby that offers a life drawing class. I'm not sure how the instructors are, but I have heard that they typically use experienced models. I'm sure it would be worthwhile practice either way. I was invited to join a privately run open studio some time ago. I believe they meet once a week. I will have to dig up the phone number.
Workshops and Ateliers:
I noticed that the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
offers a part-time "Studio Sessions Program". It would be an hour and a half drive one way, but that is certainly doable (I am in Redlands, Ca by the way). I can also keep and eye open for workshops in my area, and attend as they pop up.
Books and Videos:
I just started reading Classical Drawing Atelier
. Bargue's drawing course is the only other item that I have on my "wish list" so far.
Obviously, the one important thing that I would be missing in all of this is having a consistent set of mentors and instructors.
Any advice, opinions, and input would be greatly appreciated. Info about other ateliers, workshops, or open studios in my area would be great as well.