An interesting comparison of styles. I know which I prefer! When people say to me “It was a wonderful painting/drawing etc. It was almost like a photograph” I’m afraid I’m often tempted to say “Well, why didn’t they take a photograph then? It would have been quicker.” I love Larry’s work (via the link) and can understand why Aline has gone on his course.
I haven’t mentioned it before, but I have been taking a figure drawing class at the Institute with Larry Christian. Larry’s approach to drawing the figure is the opposite of academic drawing. He pushes us to draw quickly, intuitively, expressively. The techniques are familiar ones, but to please Larry, we must apply those techniques more fluidly and expressively to create an image that is unique.
I took this course with Larry before, in the spring of 2006, when I was just getting started as an artist. At that time, I was obsessing on landscapes, particularly plein air painting. Now that I have done a 180 on that preference, and also come to admire Larry’s drawings, I was motivated to retake the course, hoping to find out how Larry achieves his dramatic effects. For the only images of his work I could find online, click here. By way…
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