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Daily Blog — This week in the studio

Monday 23rd April 2018

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In the new Portrait and Style: Cartooning class at ActonArt, students were getting into a two-week project about the planes of the face!

Easier to understand by using flat planar spaces, the face can be morphed and abstracted by these flat forms. This week students began by practicing on several subjects, then picked their favorite and drew it onto some paperboard. Next week, they’ll finish by painting them in flat colors of gouache.

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Saturday 21st April 2018

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Remember those Mixed Media marbled papers from last time? ActonArt students have drawn some lovely ink pieces over them now!

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Friday 20th April 2018

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Here at ActonArt, we believe musculature is just as important to Manga as it is to realistic drawing!

This project delves into muscle structure and connection points, reinforcing the concepts of how the outer body looks. (Plus if you are a fan of a certain type of giant-muscle-bound-monster anime, this will help draw those characters too!)

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Wednesday 18th April 2018

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Students in ActonArt’s Creative Drawing class were going retro with some pixelated characters!

Often, having restrictions actually helps the creative process! When given too many choices, some students struggle with where to begin. By limiting the shapes, colors and sizes available to them, students had to carefully think about how to translate their regularly drawn characters into pixels!

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ActonArt is on April break!

Monday 16th April 2018

We’ll see you back in the studio Monday, April 23rd!

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Sunday 15th April 2018

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In the Portrait & Style: Cartooning class at ActonArt, students were drawing inspiration from Edward Gorey and Ralph Steadman.

While both these artists work with ink, their styles couldn’t be any more different! Gorey uses an economy of line to create facial features, while Steadman will throw ink around and create drama on the page!

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Friday 13th April 2018

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In the Mixed Media class at ActonArt, students were preparing custom paper with highly technical tools!

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Thursday 12th April 2018

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Our Foundation classes are exploring negative space this week at ActonArt!

In the Basic levels, students are drawing a cat and it’s shadow. By focusing on the space between the legs and bellies, the drawing is actually formed from the feet up!

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Wednesday 11th April 2018

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In Manga 1 at ActonArt, students were looking at the face in profile!

A seemly easy way to draw the face (since you’re “only drawing half”), the profile view offers unique challenges to get proportions correct.

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Tuesday 10th April 2018

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In the Foundations classes of ActonArt this week, students are examining negative space!

In the Intermediate level classes, students are drawing an octopus - who’s eight arms give ample opportunity to use negative space (the “empty” space between areas of the subject) to help get the proportions and composition correctly.

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