100 Drawings Redux
This time of year I look forward to a very particular teaching experience: the developmental bombshell of the 100 figures assignment in my senior illustration course. It's a big job, to be sure, but over the years it has opened the door to new ways of thinking about drawing for many students. This time around I am feeling envious of them; I have had a heavy editorial year–lots of writing and publishing–and am very eager to get back to my studio projects. Rarin’ to go. But for another week or so, I will have to live vicariously. Meanwhile, below is the prompt for the crew:
You have heard this orally, but let me add a little prose here. I have asked you to produce 100 figurative images at a scale of AT LEAST 11 x 14 inches. Whole people, not just heads, though a few portraits will be fine.
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I will come in for class on Monday and expect to see a stack of 100 pictures in front of each of you, numbered. I will confirm that they are all there.
Be aware that figures need not be (sharp intake of breath) The Figure, but rather pictures of people.
To make an obvious point: this will be a challenging process. For starters, no matter what you do first, after 10 or 12 images you will have become bored and fatigued. Then it will occur to you that you have another 88 pictures to go--one for every key on a piano. Almost certainly you will spend too much time on some of your early efforts, which will annoy and possibly alarm you.
I entreat you to make use of diverse media, from paint to collage to ink to (a few) digital images. As importantly, vary your method. Go outside and draw people playing soccer or walking their dogs. Draw at dinner. Watch a movie and whack out pictures of the characters. Draw people from memory. Invent people.
Have a great weekend, everybody! If there are any alums out there, feel free to chime in with a comment of your memories, good and bad, of this experience. Or shoot me an email or DM and I will integrate...