2012年10月26日 星期五

life drawing 2012/10/25 at chester/anny's

- further attempts at being calligraphic, bad lines in general. need to work on mannekins.
- toned drawing, still unable to find consistency in lines. too light, bad quality lines, and not efficient enough in the compositions. need better designs. it does feel like one does not need to be perfectly designing the outline before engaging the shading. the outlines/base drawing needs to be sexy in the designed way... which is hard if the person is not a good designer and is simply good at copying undigested materials.

- apparently it's anny's last day showing up there. her drawings are great despite the fact that she's not seen draw that much.

Symphony Concert: 爛漫之秋 2012東吳大學音樂學系系列音樂會 2012/10/26

shilin station --> bus to scu. meant to have arrived to maybe enjoy the sunset, but the campus is on the inner-side of the stream-hill valley (外雙溪) such that in winter the sun probably "set" at 3pm or so. it was so fun to see so many kids running around!

the concert hall was very cold and maybe 2/3 occupied. very pretty and new. it's located in the "second research building", which i'm told is roughly 4-yo). walking around in the corridors pre-concert, there were people practicing behind doors and it was great (think i recognized the don juan liszt-mozart and another ravel piece).

not being a regular concert goer meant everything sounded spectacular to me. the program was all in major keys, and while the aim was to hear the beethoven, the first two symphonies were also great! when the program started it was surprising to hear such sounds live and going fast. not having people around meant certain people can perhaps dance to the music if so desired.

listening live really educate on how to listen to the pieces. the spatial-ness of a live orchestra added various dimensions to the sounds and where they are coming from, which further inspire new ideas to receive the pieces. also live sounds are not harsh and skimpy like ear-phones, so the mozart piece was completely unadulteratedly indefensible and unobjectable and mind blowing in its gloriousness when listened live (not sure if mozart used such an orchestra but it sounded full and golden bull-ious). there's some desire to relisten to the pieces, but realization sets in that it's simply un-enjoyable on the same level on youtube -- on the up-side, the education to like these pieces have been conceived, and perhaps searching for better recording sounds would be a slight alleviation (but how do you produce that live, organic, spacious sound!!??).

so much "minute details" (which really are not when listened live) are revealed: dynamic ranges, the distinctness of the instruments, texture (which when listened without knowing the original sound could begin to sound alike, especially on historical recordings). it was gladful to hear the polyphonic layers so pronounced, and additionally acted out by cute actors and their wonderful personal displays of involvements (the winds are so cute!). the conduction flowed information not only make the orchestra worked together, but as indispensable indicators or understanding the pieces.

conducted by huang wei ming and the scu student orchestra. (somehow these events are not listed on scu's main site, you have to search through the music departement, that's the un-free part of the concert??). i'd say they're maybe 3:7 m:f ratio? are the guys all playing guitars and pianos? what happened.

指揮/黃維明  東吳大學音樂學系管弦樂團
F. J. HAYDN: Symphony No.82 in C major
W. A. MOZART: Symphony No.35 in D major, KV385
L. v. BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.1 in C major, Op.21

2012年10月25日 星期四

life drawing 2012/10/24 at chester/anny's

short poses on a mid-age woman (name unknown)

- attempted calligraphic short poses
- attempted cross-contours. cannot figure out how to get consistent edge shape from the sharpened pencils.

- no head tilt, squint, distance, infinity focus/flatten visual field, no different angle viewing: maybe the reason why figures are articulating badly
- another reason being bad page composition.

- quality of calligraphic line is good, need to work on amassing lines into plains.

2012年10月18日 星期四

life drawing 2012/10/17 at chester/anny's

short poses wednesday, model name was unknown... something "ke ren" (fellow drawer called her 蕭亞軒). suspect: there are rather few models around (even though so far there has been no repeats) that there's really no reason to remember the names.

attempted "calligraphic" approaches as Jeff Watts recommended on course description for the figure quickdraw class. failed miserably as the figures were only drawn with the torso and no other approach was attempted. again, found that the practices done on paper with a ball-point pen simply do not translate to "real" events.

one influence on calligraphy is that it's highly muscular: e.g. the way/strength a pencil is held strongly influences the outcome under high-speed, intuitive, brainless outputs. suspect: to have a good quickdraw something muscular also has to be trained. an attempt was made this week to do some "under-hand" strokes as this was the approach outlined by Gist on his techniques. the posture is foreign and produced a few less attractive lines.

continue to struggle with tone, with lines -- will revert back to mannekin drawings. not sure how Jorge is producing those great tones with the same materials (also very thin lines... this i found approximatible by sharpening bunch of pencils).

Germanic Romance ~ Piano Recital by Alumnus, Li-Chun Su

As part of the Kuandu Art Festival 2012 at Taipei National University of the Arts, Alumnus Li-Chun Su gave a concert on pieces by German composers. For encore there was a Chopin's Nocturne (Su's selection as a reflection of how she felt while she was away from home in Germany), and a "dance song" by Handel, some kind of variation.

Very glad to have heard the Liszt Sonata live, making it realizable that bad recording sounds simply did not do justice to this great piece. Also Su was more warmed up by the second half and the sounds were just beautiful. Great techniques (don't know what professionals mean by "great techniques", usuing the colloquial sense), and very haunting phrases and pauses (don't know what professionals mean by phrasing and pausing, using the colloquial sense). It's the greatest B-sonata experiencible. Should've bought the CD there for her to sign it.

The Bach was pretty (bit unprepared and little bit out of the musical appreciation mood while chatting with neighbors). The Beethoven was really straight and metronomed, a display of the strength and weaknesses of the piece on paper.

Loved the encores, in particular as it was craved for -- to get out of the serious mood set by the whole program (for a saturday), and thankfully there was encore no.2, a piece by Handel (initiated by someone behind the doors "encore"!! even though the cheers have died down a little). Wish known friends were present to allow gratitude be expressed bit more overtly. 


Johann Sebastian Bach: Italian Concerto

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.32 in C Minor, Op. 111

Franz Liszt: Piano Sonata in B Minor, S.178

Li-Chun Su, piano
10/14(Sun)14:30 展演藝術中心 音樂廳
Concert Hall

 Ticket was 99 for people with student ID. CD's were sold outside for this particular program and another CD of Bach's WTC I.

life drawing 2012/10/11 at chester/anny's

life drawing "surfer dude", or he was called "a-lue"(?) at chester/anny's. very low amount of fat, clear muscular definition and well posed.

this week there were daily practices (3-4am, aye...) of head construction drawings with photos with conte(hb,b,2b)/paper-stub on horizontal surfaces. none of it translated. to live, vertical drawings with time limit. the touch was different.

warmup was rough and rushed, did not get into any comfortable zone. attempted long line approximations. some difficult/overlapping-limb poses did not articulate. could not apply even tone, could not apply even lines, no existing prioritization or organizational approach? 


2012年10月4日 星期四

life drawing 2012/10/03 at chester/anny's

the model ms.zheng had quite a few dramatic/lyrical poses up her sleeves(-lessness?), and a very fit build (swimmer).

- short 1-10 min poses for 2 hours.
- attempted at getting alot of thin lines by using 4 sharpened conte pencils; sanded all of them at a very shallow angle. 
- attempted more orbik style as time increases
- attempted holding the pencil tweezers style for the last 3 longer poses. it was very difficult finding the balance.
- was drawing very small early on - this meant an easier time designing the overall gesture?

- first drawing: it's actually faster to slow down and think about what's being drawn than frantically putting down lines (compare top and bottom figures; although there's always a certain amount of warming up at the beginning) -- perhaps there's enough time increase to be exploited for more variable line width after familiarity with this approach.

- the overall shapes were loose and not very well-tied together (as usual)

iphone app: sketch club


some doodles from the "sketch club" app from iphone (two of surrounding people). the free version is quite nice already but not so many brushes. people are doing incredible things with it on the ipad. it's basically a mini photoshop. the "sketchy" brush is great for the unskilled/unartistic to produce some small cute things like below: