Matthew Archambault: Drawing A Female Head In Pencils

This video is a segment of a twenty minute portrait of a young woman. The artist Matthew Archambault expresses heavy focus on the hair and eyes giving you tips and techniques on how to attain the best results. He uses an eraser to add highlights to the areas surrounding the eyes and upper cheek to give a more three dimensional drawing. Fantastic narration and easy to follow instructional advice. Great for the intermediate artist looking to improve their technique in pencil drawing.

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    1. I’ve been taught in a traditional and contemporary approach so its not the skills aspect of it for me, A lot of drawing is not as systematic as this. Overworking is a term which Therry Rudin from Bauhaus endorses, yes it may not be straightforward but I’ve definitely done it myself, seen others do it and have discussed this issue with peers. Overworking is where you step back from a drawing and realise you’ve gone too far and overcooked it, the solution is to look more.

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    2. That’s completely different. He stops so he won’t “overwork it”. You don’t overwork anything if you realize what steps you take. Drawing or painting mindlessly and ending up with junk is just thoughtless and nothing else, because you don’t take the time to observe your steps. Besides, how can it even be close to overworked when there’s only structure and shadow shapes in the drawing?

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    3. Let me explain why you see that as overworking. You sit close to the paper making small small details all over the place and try to work at it as much as you can to make it “better” but you’re just adding things that doesn’t help the picture because you don’t know what you’re doing. So overworking is like I said just something you do cause you don’t have any knowledge backing up the things you do so the “detail” is equal to nothing and you’re just destroying the picture.

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    4. I over came that issue a long time ago it still doesn’t ensure that overworking does not occur. My practice does not involve small details, at all I am applying for a masters in drawing how can you say I don’t have knowledge or I don’t know what I’m doing, Do you usually work with CAD?

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    5. I enjoy discussing art but I do not sit close to the paper, I do not make small small details, all over the place, it is not appropriate to consider work as better or worse within critical or technical analysis, I don’t just add things as I go b/c of my research, I do know what I am doing, Over working is something some artists will do because of their process not because of their lack of education. Again I don’t do things that are driven by detail, I do not destroy my pictures.

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    6. I can’t believe I forgot to make this clear looking at my original comment from over a year ago I did post that because I teach drawing in schools and arts and health settings. May I advise for you classes in appropriate critique if you intend on continuing to be an arbitrator for drawing practices without seeing someones drawings.

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    7. Wow get off your high horse. I don’t care what school you go to or what diplomas or whatever. You take my argument completely out of context and I feel like this discussion won’t go anywhere since all you’ll give me is your “I went to this school and I’m this master of art” or whatever. I don’t care if you went to the best school for art in the world. It doesn’t have anything to do with this and I wish not to continiue discussing this with you since you simply won’t listen.

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    8. Perhaps you shouldn’t answer a comment that was not directed to you with telling some one they should study, when that is not an issue for them nothing should have given you that idea that I am in need of education, utterly inappropriate of you to be making assumptions of others shame on you.

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    9. Yeah… I do that too… But now I’ve seen a girl draw by sections and I’m tempted to try it. Her portraits get a more ‘plastic’ look. It’s not a bad thing, for sure. I don’t know how to say it, is like a perfected and polished version of the people she’s portraying… I tend to draw even the slightest details, but I wanna try this, the blemish-free version as I call it hahahaa

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    10. Yeah… I do that too… But now I’ve seen a girl draw by sections and I’m tempted to try it. Her portraits get a more ‘plastic’ look. It’s not a bad thing, for sure. I don’t know how to say it, is like a perfected and polished version of the people she’s portraying… I tend to draw even the slightest details, but I wanna try this, the blemish-free version as I call it hahahaa

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