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Clube “Arte em Acção” da Escola do Caniço

Posted by Roberto Macedo Alves on Oct 15, 2008 in TV and Newspapers

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Não me lembro se já tinha dito que o pessoal da Escola do Caniço, sob a iniciativa da Professora Paula Lemos convidou-me a falar de BD na Escola do Caniço.

Aqui está o apontamento que saiu no Diário de Notícias de ontem:

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Para ler a notícia completa basta clicar AQUI.

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Sketchbook dump: Watercolor stuff based on Michelangelo

Posted by Roberto Macedo Alves on Jul 14, 2008 in Art

Well… this weekend I continued my studying of Michelangelo, while feeling the stinging pain from the stitches.

As I am not in a talkative mood today (or a typative mood, for that matter), here is a sketchbook dump of all my watercolored Michelangelo stuff. Still based on the same sketches I talked about here and here.

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And for something completely different, here are the results of a Personality Test, from a link Colleen Doran recommended, and it gave me curious, yet predictable results: 90% Anti-authority, 83% Sexuality, 90% Artistic and 90% need to dominate. Curious.

Advanced Global Personality Test Results

Extraversion |||||||||||| 50%
Stability |||||||||||| 46%
Orderliness |||||||||||||||||| 74%
Accommodation |||||||||| 34%
Interdependence || 10%
Intellectual |||||||||||||||||| 74%
Mystical |||||||||||| 50%
Artistic |||||||||||||||||||| 90%
Religious |||||||||||||||||||| 83%
Hedonism |||||||||| 36%
Materialism |||||||||||||||| 70%
Narcissism |||||||||||||||| 63%
Adventurousness |||||||||||| 50%
Work ethic |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Humanitarian |||||||||||||||| 70%
Conflict seeking |||||||||||||| 56%
Need to dominate |||||||||||||||||||| 90%
Romantic |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Avoidant |||||| 30%
Anti-authority |||||||||||||||||||| 90%
Wealth |||||||||| 36%
Dependency |||||| 23%
Change averse |||||||||||| 50%
Cautiousness |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Individuality |||||||||||||||| 63%
Sexuality |||||||||||||||||||| 83%
Peter pan complex |||||| 23%
Family drive |||||| 30%
Physical Fitness |||||||||||||||||||| %
Histrionic |||||||||||||||| 63%
Paranoia |||||| 30%
Vanity |||||||||||||| 56%
Honor |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Thriftiness |||||||||||||| 56%

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Oral Surgery: thinking about life while someone is poking around with a knife in your mouth

Posted by Roberto Macedo Alves on Jul 11, 2008 in Art

Oh, the delights of oral surgery. Being with your mouth open for 3 hours while the dentist keeps cutting, stitching, drilling and saying “oh, this is more complicated than I initially imagined” and you just want to tell him by sign language that he can keep his opinions to himself and just continue until he finishes. At least the dentist is someone you trust.

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What does this has to do with the “Rise of Christ“?

Nothing at all.

Right. Nothing at all.

But I am in pain, and even the tiniest effort bring a salty unpleasant bleeding in the insides of my mouth so, today the sketch is something I did yesterday. Again, using as learning base a drawing by Michelangelo, depicting Christ risen from the Grave – a powerful scene of the resurrection.

Michelangelo’s depiction of the figure is so powerful and delicate – so much to learn from his stuff! So much that I am still wondering if I should buy the Taschen XL Edition of the Complete Michelangelo Works. Even if it is a 100$+ edition, I think it is still at a nice price in Amazon.com.


“Michelangelo (XL Series)”

But that’s enough blogging for today. I still feel tired, my mouth is bleeding and the mix of antibiotic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic is a woozy!

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Giorgio Vasari: Learning from the renaissance masters

Posted by Roberto Macedo Alves on Jul 11, 2008 in Art

Yesterday, I decided that I was going to give a new direction to this blog, posting my attempts to improve my drawing.

No one is better to start the improvement on form, than the old masters. So, first choice is Giorgio Vasari.

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Why? Because he wrote the “vite de’ più celebri Pittori, Scultori ed Architetti

He was a disciple of Michelangelo – and he felt a boundless admiration for this artist.

Vasari was also an accomplished artist, and while he was an art student, he visited Rome, having the most exciting oportunity to develop his artistic skills.

So, how did he do it? It was simple. While he was in rome, with his friend Salviati, they were all over drawing architectural works, sketching statues and paintings – drinking from the knowledge of old and recent masters – Michelangelo, Raffaello, Baldassarre… It was a gathering of sketches, a gathering of knowledge.

It was said that in order to get the maximum possible number of drawings, he did a cooperative pact with Salviati: they will be copying and sketching and analizing different masterworks each day, in order of not copying the same stuff. And at night, after a day of arduous work, they would copy the drawings the other did.

They gathered a formidable archive of artwork, and looking at the sketches of the old masters, understood a little better their complete dominion over form. And I think this is an excellent way to start.

Just looking at the old masters, and their preliminary sketches, that were just considered…

DISCARDED STUFF!

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Yes, it is hard to understand – nowadays, we value drawings (except here in this island where I live, because is almost impossible to find decent materials for drawing – like good strathmore or bristol paper).

And most art stores are more like “Arts & Crafts” stores, most of the time lacking material that would be essential to a good aspiring artist.

But I am digressing.

So, getting back to Vasari and his method of study, during this week, I will just look at the masters and copy, trying to understand the shapes, the volumes the shadows. And the master I chose to begin with was Michelangelo, with one of his most delightful sketches: the one of the Libyan Sybil, one of the most delicate, impressive sketches I’ve ever seen.

My copy is not that impressive, but it was a nice way to understand the form and the volume. I always liked the tridimensionality of Michelangelo’s work (his drawings, not his sculptures! – those are already tridimensional. Duh.) and during this week, I will be focusing mostly on his sketches (using the fairly decent selection of Michelangelo’s drawings edited by Dover Publications).

Even if it is really a hard task to copy the masters (mostly because it is so easily noticeable how weak is our work by comparison) – every shape, every line is an important, relevant lesson.

And that’s all for today, because it is almost 1:15 AM and I need to wake up early tomorrow!

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