Meet Student Lynne Hall

    Meet student Lynne Hal

Lynne Hall

“I have picked up Audrey’s brochure at Hobby Lobby several times over the years, wanting to learn to draw realistic portraits.  I graduated with a BFA in graphic design in 1987 from SMSU, was employed as an artist and got married to my sweetheart, Tim, all within a three month period.  I worked for five years until I had my first son, and then came home to be a full-time mom and had two more sons over the next few years.  I haven’t done a whole lot of creative work over the last few decades.   I never felt like I could justify taking the time while I was educating our kids at home and then later having to work full-time.  Since 2014, our home-based business has provided the freedom to be home full-time.  My boys have left home, two have gotten married, and my oldest son and his wife had our first grandbaby.  I decided it was a perfect time to take classes from Audrey to learn to draw my granddaughter.  Audrey is a wonderful teacher!  I was a timid beginning student and embarrassed that I had mentioned my art degree.  It certainly wasn’t apparent with my initial drawing ūüôā  Just getting out of my own way and relaxing, I began to learn.  I had forgotten how much I love to be creative.  I’m excited to learn to use other art media and I would love to improve enough to eventually do some commission work.  Drawing makes me feel giddy!!”   

 

I no longer teach classes at Hobby Lobby, but you can join me in class every Tuesday 10 – 12 at Splatter Art Studio 4160 S. Lone Pine, Springfield,

Initial drawing prior to instruction

Studying the Planes of the Face

Plaster Cast Models

Plaster Cast Models

Learning to draw the human face can be a bit of a challenge whether you are just getting started drawing or have been drawing for some time.  Why is it so difficult?

The very first recognizable drawing you did as a young child was actually a face. ¬†It looked more like Mr. Potato head than anything else. ¬†A large circle with dots for eyes and a happy face smile. ¬†Often stick arms and legs protruded out of this monstrous sized head! ¬†As you matured, you reigned in the big head and the features got a little better. ¬†But chances are pretty good that the features were nothing more than your stored up left-brained symbols. ¬†Symbolic features, even more advanced ones, still don’t carry the feeling of life. ¬†I teach my students how to move beyond mere symbols to¬†drawing more realistically.

Once you have a better understanding of what the features really look like, then you have to begin to study the planes of the face and how the light and shadows affect those planes.  The slightest shadow in the wrong place will change the plane and change how the person looks.

The plaster cast shown on the right, shows a more distinct look at the planes of the face.  When the light hits it, you can actually see the different values.  The model on the left is more representational to the human face and after studying the model on the right, the student will be better able to recognize the change in the planes on the realistic model.

There is so much that can be done with these models just by changing the lighting and seeing how it changes how everything looks.  These handsome dudes will be our class models in my First Saturday of the Month Drawing Class at Splatter Art Studio 4160 S. Lone Pine, Springfield, MO starting March 5th 9:00 Р12:00.    Students will work on their individual lessons or work with the models.  All instruction is individual and open to students of all abilities.  Class fee is $35 and includes the studio fee.  Contact Audrey Bottrell for more information. 417-848-0894