In case you were unable to join us for our fourth Drawing Together event, here is a recap of the exercises we did together.
Our host was Michael Green, GMIC board member, physician, bioethicist, and artist. Our theme was “masks.”
Michael Green walks us through the entire session in this video! (Or you can read the summary below.)
Our warm-up exercise combined work from Danny Gregory’s Sketchbook School and Lynda Barry’s face jam. We made a grid of 8 rectangles on a page about 8.5×11. In each box on the page we drew a face, with the intention being to have each face express a different emotion. Michael writes,
Today, we are going to draw something we all have: feelings. We all have feelings, sometimes more than one at a time, and sometimes they even contradict one another. We can feel both happy and sad, scared and excited. anxious and thrilled. And that’s OK!
From that grid of faces, we then chose one of the faces to be enlarged and made into a full-size mask for our primary exercise. Michael says,
Pick one of the faces that speaks to you in some way, and copy the design onto a large piece of paper. Use a big brush or marker, preferably in black and white. Use your imagination and be creative; be BOLD! Convey the emotions and inner feelings of the character in the mask. Add details and enhancements. For those who are ambitious (and have the supplies), paint a shopping bag white with gesso or acrylic paint or use a piece of cardboard box.
Here is a photo of many of the participants wearing our masks!