03 February, 2009

Cast Studies

Classic Man
@ 22" x 36"
Graphite, Charcoal and Conte
Casey Klahn

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Deer "Cast" Drawing
14" x 12"
Charcoal, Conte and Compressed Charcoal
Casey Klahn

This is the first time this drawing, Classic Man, has been posted. My Basic Drawing Class, taught this w
inter, touched on cast drawing. I made the Classic Man as an example for the class, but it is really only copied free-hand from an instruction book. However, we did execute the deer skull from "life"- as it were. We make due at the atelier Klahn the best we can.

You might be confused at seeing realist works in black and white coming from The Colorist blog! Even though I am a self taught artist, I still insist on a traditional foundation. Be afraid of no knowledge, I always say.


Private said...

Wish I could draw as well.


Casey Klahn said...

Oh, but you can...that's my message, anyway. I drew over 100,000 drawings before I graduated high school, so I am a believer in practice.

Your blog looks great, Rachete - thanks for stopping by here.

Adam Cope said...

casey : "confused at seeing realist works in black and white coming from The Colorist"

adam: question = do you find that your teaching practice makes you conservative in your own personal art practice?

Casey Klahn said...

That's a tough one. I think my "basic" side is present and comes out in teaching the basics. I have a harder time recognizing a division between free work and conservative work - or I should say I don't sacrifice the one for the other.

Adam Cope said...

so what would you say to a beginner level student who wanted to do abstraction without having to bother to do the 'basics' of representional art done from life?

Casey Klahn said...

I am afraid I have a cheat for this one. My friend, Stan Miller, who has @ 20 years of teaching art, once related what he says to his young collegiates about this.

If they wish to skip the basics of composition he lets them know that the successful abstractionist must be as adroit at composition (or more-so, since the realist can sometimes skate)as the realist. He says fine if they wish to pursue abstraction only, but he will hold their feet to the fire @ composition.

If you see this, Stan, I hope that's close to what you say. The point, Adam, is that Stan is very even regarding the two schools of style, but he makes sure they see the weight of responsibility that the abstractionist has to get it right.

An illustration: Stan's favorite artist, I think, is And. Wyeth, who recently passed away. He explains how Wyeth's abstract compositions are so strong, one wealthy patron insists on hanging his big Wyeth painting upside down!

Anonymous said...

I love classic man Casey!!! I love them both but Classic man is my fav.!!! Your absolutely talented!!!
Thank you for sharing with us Casey!!!

Casey Klahn said...

Thanks very much, Angela!

Brian McGurgan said...

Your deer skull drawing beautifully exemplifies one of the things I admire most about your work, Casey - that bold, confident use of line. The strokes here look relaxed yet purposeful, and with neither too few nor too many lines. Great work!

Casey Klahn said...

Thank you, Brian. That one was done as a demo for the class. It helps to be familiar with the subject, too.

Anonymous said...

please visit www.stephenbaumanart.blogspot.com

there are drawings there as well

Casey Klahn said...

By all means, I recommend everyone visit Stephen Bauman's new blog. You will be blown away, to use the old phrase, just as I was.

So happy you are blogging, Stephen. I am a lover of Italy, and of classic realism. I'll be reading your blog frequently.

colorspeaker said...

Hi CK.
Great posts are always reflected in the commentary. I particularly enjoyed your thoughts on Adam's question-"in pursuing abstraction"-your friend Stan gave good direction which you are passing on here. Good art, good read.

Casey Klahn said...

I can't wait for my next stint in the studio, when I can pursue the joys of abtraction.

Thanks, JR.

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