Remembering New York, Summer 2014 (Part 1: Large-Scale Drawings)

I’ve been dreaming of taking classes at the Art Students League for years. Imagine my glee when I finally arrived in New York last summer, and more so after signing up for my first official class: Large-Scale Drawing under Mary Beth McKenzie. I bought my large-format paper, metal clips, charcoal, Hake brushes, and ink, and like a giddy schoolgirl knocked on the 4th floor studio of the League. I attended two afternoon sessions in this class, each one lasting about 3.5 hours. Below are the drawings I came up with, captioned with thoughts for each day. Unfortunately, these were too large to fit into my suitcase and I had to leave them behind in New York.

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My many firsts: first nude in over 3 months (di na sanay!), first in large-scale format, and first work at the Art Students League. I don't think I'll get to take this home, so if you're in New York and have lots of wall space, wink me (yes, wink me). ;)

My many firsts: first nude in over 3 months (di na sanay!), first in large-scale format, and first work at the Art Students League. I don’t think I’ll get to take this home, so if you’re in New York and have lots of wall space, wink me (yes, wink me). šŸ˜‰

Male Nude
Vine charcoal on paper
36×48 inches (approximate)
June 23, 2014

#drawing #onthespot #20minutepose #live #male #nude #nyc

Female Nude Vine charcoal on paper 36x48 inches (approximate) June 23, 2014  #drawing #onthespot #20minutepose #live #female #nude #nyc

Female Nude
Vine charcoal on paper
36×48 inches (approximate)
June 23, 2014

#drawing #onthespot #20minutepose #live #female #nude #nyc

Male Nude II Vine charcoal on paper 36x48 inches (approximate) June 23, 2014  I had a harder time with the long pose (more time = better work, more details). Must learn not to put pressure on myself.   #drawing #onthespot #40minutepose #live #male #nude #

Male Nude II
Vine charcoal on paper
36×48 inches (approximate)
June 23, 2014

I had a harder time with the long pose (more time = better work, more details). Must learn not to put pressure on myself.
#drawing #onthespot #40minutepose #live #male #nude #nyc

Female Nude II Sumi ink on paper 36x48 inches (approximate) June 23, 2014  My first attempt at Sumi ink drawing/painting. I just had two wide Hake brushes and couldn't get thin strokes in so I just went with it and played. It was so much fun. I was surpri

Female Nude II
Sumi ink on paper
36×48 inches (approximate)
June 23, 2014

My first attempt at Sumi ink drawing/painting. I just had two wide Hake brushes and couldn’t get thin strokes in so I just went with it and played. It was so much fun. I was surprised that people in my class really liked this work. Malakas daw siya.
#drawing #onthespot #20minutepose #live #female #nude #nyc #artstudentsleagueofnewyork

Female Nude II and III Sumi ink on paper 36x48 inches (approximate) June 23, 2014  The one on my left is my favorite from yesterday. I rushed to the Art shop downstairs during the 5-minute break and bought a smaller Chinese brush that let me do proper det

Female Nude II and III
Sumi ink on paper
36×48 inches (approximate)
June 23, 2014

The one on my left is my favorite from yesterday. I rushed to the Art shop downstairs during the 5-minute break and bought a smaller Chinese brush that let me do proper detailing. I think I’m going to enjoy Sumi ink!
#drawing #onthespot #20minutepose #40minutepose #live #female #nude #nyc #artstudentsleagueofnewyork

Here’s a closer look, also at my drawing process:

Montalut NYC 2014 (2)

Montalut NYC 2014 (1)

Seated Female Nude  Charcoal and Sumi ink on paper 36x48 inches ( approximate ) June 24, 2014  First drawing today. I decided to play with both charcoal and ink in one work-- I think the layers came out nice.    This particular model was fussy about the c

Seated Female Nude
Charcoal and Sumi ink on paper
36×48 inches ( approximate )
June 24, 2014

First drawing today. I decided to play with both charcoal and ink in one work– I think the layers came out nice. This particular model was fussy about the cold. The class monitor had to turn off the airconditioner many times even if she already had a heater dedicated for her. Made me wonder how nude models manage during winter.
#drawing #onthespot #20minutepose #live #female #nude #nyc #artstudentsleagueofnewyork

The same work before being inked:
Montalut NYC 2014 (4)

Reclined Female Nude  Charcoal and Sumi ink on paper 36x48 inches ( approximate ) June 24, 2014  No fuss, fluid drawing that was just so playful.  #drawing #onthespot #20minutepose #live #female #nude #nyc #artstudentsleagueofnewyork

Reclined Female Nude
Charcoal and Sumi ink on paper
36×48 inches ( approximate )
June 24, 2014

No fuss, fluid drawing that was just so playful.
#drawing #onthespot #20minutepose #live #female #nude #nyc #artstudentsleagueofnewyork

Reclined Female Nude II Charcoal and Sumi ink on paper 36x48 inches ( approximate ) June 24, 2014  Quick, looser version of the same pose. Drawn in under 10 minutes. Still large-scale.   #drawing #onthespot #20minutepose #live #female #nude #nyc #artstude

Reclined Female Nude II
Charcoal and Sumi ink on paper
36×48 inches ( approximate )
June 24, 2014

Quick, looser version of the same pose. Drawn in under 10 minutes. Still large-scale.
#drawing #onthespot #20minutepose #live #female #nude #nyc #artstudentsleagueofnewyork

Seated Female Nude  Charcoal and Sumi ink on paper 36x48 inches ( approximate ) June 24, 2014  This was a longer pose so I decided to do measurements to get proportions right. Still something I struggle with (I spent 20 minutes just measuring!), and you c

Seated Female Nude
Charcoal and Sumi ink on paper
36×48 inches ( approximate )
June 24, 2014

This was a longer pose so I decided to do measurements to get proportions right. Still something I struggle with (I spent 20 minutes just measuring!), and you can see my mistakes in the finished work. I like how it turned out and think it’s even better with the layers of drawings visibly there.
#drawing #onthespot #40minutepose #live #female #nude #nyc #artstudentsleagueofnewyork

Work-in-progress:
Montalut NYC 2014 (3)

Seated Male Nude  Charcoal on paper 36x48 inches ( approximate ) June 26, 2014  #drawing #onthespot #20minutepose #live #male #nude #nyc #artstudentsleagueofnewyork

Seated Male Nude
Charcoal on paper
36×48 inches ( approximate )
June 26, 2014

#drawing #onthespot #20minutepose #live #male #nude #nyc #artstudentsleagueofnewyork

Seated Male Nude  Charcoal and Sumi ink on paper 36x48 inches ( approximate ) June 26, 2014  Just playing around with the male figure and face.  #drawing #onthespot #20minutepose #live #male #nude #nyc #artstudentsleagueofnewyork

Seated Male Nude
Charcoal and Sumi ink on paper
36×48 inches ( approximate )
June 26, 2014

Just playing around with the male figure and face. #drawing #onthespot #20minutepose #live #male #nude #nyc #artstudentsleagueofnewyork

Reclined Male and Female Nude  Charcoal on paper 36x48 inches ( approximate ) June 26, 2014  We always have 2 models posing side by side in class and this was the first time I drew them together. Each was a challenging pose to do on its own -- I wish I ha

Reclined Male and Female Nude
Charcoal on paper
36×48 inches ( approximate )
June 26, 2014

We always have 2 models posing side by side in class and this was the first time I drew them together. Each was a challenging pose to do on its own — I wish I had more time to detail the woman, but even the male model gave me a thumbs up when he saw my drawing. Heehee.

#drawing #onthespot #40minutepose #live #male #female #nude #nyc #artstudentsleagueofnewyork

I document my process to help keep track of mistakes and triumphs.  Choosing to zoom in on the models in this work and do a back-to-back pose was new for me. Lesson learned: experiment! With 40 minutes to set up, compose, sketch and detail a piece, it's n

I document my process to help keep track of mistakes and triumphs. Choosing to zoom in on the models in this work and do a back-to-back pose was new for me. Lesson learned: experiment! With 40 minutes to set up, compose, sketch and detail a piece, it’s natural to draw in default mode. For me that meant doing sight size (you put your paper next to the model and copy your subject “as is”– in the same size from where you’re standing). Scaling up or down requires extra effort and in my case, leaves room for mistakes in proportion. But!!! I really am proud I pushed myself a little in this drawing. If I were to keep this I’d probably cut out the woman and display it this way. Starting next week I’ll explore classes that will let me paint longer poses. Some models keep the same pose for 4 weeks to let artists work without having to rush. Amazing possibilities!

Reclined Male and Female Nude (detail)
Charcoal on paper
36×48 inches ( approximate )
June 26, 2014

#drawing #onthespot #40minutepose #live #male #female #nude #nyc #artstudentsleagueofnewyork