Anyway, so even though I was tired and knew a migraine would be in my near future (every time my rigid schedule changes, I get a migraine), I loaded up my stuff and went to class and we took a vellum overlay, put that down over the figure drawing we did last week, and began working on - the bones. Did the whole skeleton within the body we had created, using good anatomy books and a smaller-than-lifesize (unless you are about 5 ft tall) skeleton in the studio. At times, the teacher (Charles Frymier) would hold out the arm or foot to show you how the bones would look from the position you had drawn the body = very helpful. I did not get the ribcage correct and was working on revising that when the 3-hour class ended. And there was no whining or cussing or throwing things at CF, either, so I guess the students are all either very dedicated or very masochistic! ha ha
Using a red/pink pastel pencil on the vellum laid over the original drawing, this is what I came home with. I will revise the ribs, using the anatomy book the teacher said was one of the best (Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist by Stephen Rogers Peck). Not elegant, by any means, but I did it. And I'll work more on getting the ribcage correct today while the Bengals are on TV.
Next week we do another overlay and put in the musculature - whew!!! CF is making us earn our right to be in the class!
And I did get a migraine - but not until after loading up all the grand's bags (he has more stuff than a diva on tour!!) and getting him in the carseat (a chore for someone not used to doing it on a daily basis) and taking him home. And he chattered and sang and was great all the way and smiling and happy when we left him. He has such a great personality! But don't take my word for it - just look at this face: