Drawing Marathon with Eve Ascheim and Gregory Botts: Fall 2007

This fall, I participated in Gregory Botts and Eve Ascheim's Drawing Marathon at the New York Studio School. During the first week with Gregory Botts, we drew exclusively from the figure and constructed set-ups, whereas the second week with Eve Ascheim, we took a more conceptual approach, using collage, geometry and combined perspectives in our drawings.
 Drawing from Gregory Botts Marathon on display, Ariel constructing hypercubes



Week 1: Gregory Botts Drawing Marathon


Standing Nude 1
36" x 24" compressed charcoal on paper
September 2007



Studies
36" x 24" charcoal on paper
September 2007


Standing Nude 2
36" x 24" charcoal on paper
September 2007



Standing Nude 3 (Oceana)
36" x 24" charcoal on paper
September 2007



Standing Nude 4 (Oceana with Crown)
36" x 24" charcoal on paper
September 2007



Gesture Drawing (the Stretch)
24" x 36" vine charcoal on newsprint
September 2007



Standing Nude 5
36" x 24" charcoal on paper

September 2007


Standing Nude 6
36" x 24" charcoal on paper
September 2007



At the end of the week with Gregory Botts, we worked on a large piece, combining two separate poses into a single composition. To make it interesting, Gregory created large props such as skulls, flowers and clouds out of foam-core. It was a challenge to create a believable space using two models who were never in the studio at the same time!


Large Figure Composition: Skull and Clouds
apx. 9' x 4' compressed charcoal on paper
September 2007
 

Week 2: Eve Ascheim Drawing Marathon


 My Influences
18" x 24" charcoal on newsprint
September 2007



 My Influences II
18" x 24" charcoal on newsprint
September 2007





A Collection of Shapes and Things
18" x 24" charcoal on paper
September 2007





Collage 1: African Mask
12" x 18" photocopied patterns on paper
September 2007





Collage 2: Wormhole
18" x 24" photocopied images, charcoal on paper
September 2007




Perspective Drawing
24" x 18" charcoal on paper
September 2007



Perspective Drawing 2
24" x 24" charcoal on paper
September 2007





Perspective Drawing 3 (two views)
24" x 18" charcoal on paper
September 2007




Perspective Drawing 4
12" x 12" charcoal on paper
September 2007






Perspective Drawing 5
12" x 12" charcoal on paper
September 2007


Our final assignment for Eve Ascheim's Marathon was a conceptual piece. I decided to research hypercubes and drawing in the fourth dimension. There are many artists who devote their entire careers to drawing the fourth dimension. Although the idea is intriguing, I'm not sure it is a direction I'll be pursuing...


Thoughts on Hypercubes and the 4th Dimension
18" x 24" ink on paper
September 2007



Hypercubes Studies
18" x 24" ink on paper
September 2007




Hypercube City
24" x 36" ink and charcoal on paper
September 2007




Painting the Hypercubes Requires Concentration


At the end of the week, we had a show for our Drawing Marathon in the Lobby and the front window of our school. My figure drawing got a view of West 8th Street--or rather, West 8th Street got a view of my figure drawing!



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