File puptcrit/puptcrit.0612, message 48

Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2006 09:27:18 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Review: The Gnomon Workshops's John Brown Sculpture


Thanks for the review.  I had been eyeing this one for awhile, nice to
have an opinion on it.

Since many of us also do set design and the like, I also high, HIGHLY,
recommend Scott Robertson: Basic Perspective Form Drawing
( )
Mr. Robertson is a gifted and natural teacher, and this is the best
educational resource on perspective I've come across, and it goes well
beyond boxes.  I could rave quite a bit about it, but I'll sum it up by
saying it was well worth the investment.  Even if you have no interest in
perspective drawing, it's a pleasure to watch this one just to see a good
teacher in action.

I've picked up a couple of Gnomon DVDs up to this point and would
recommend you really watch the sample clip and read the descriptive text
carefully to really understand who the target audience is, and more
importantly, if that target audience is you.  Some of them cover advanced
topics and assume you have quite a body of knowledge and experience before
you sit down, something I learned the hard way ;-)

I will definitely be picking up John Brown now!

Thanks again!


> Hi all. Thanks to a gift, I was able to purchase a John Brown DVD (from
> Gnomon Workshop). The title is:
> Sculpture with John Brown. Volume 2: Character maquettes.
> It is part of a 5 disc series. I can't afford the whole set right now, so
> I got the volume that seemed the most "overall", and deduced the maquette
> building from pictures on the site.
> see all the details, with a cool video sample and screen captures, here:
> for the main page of the impressive website:
> I received the DVD yesterday.
> It is so very very good. I am so very-very glad I got it!
> Very clear, info-rich, lots of good shortcuts, and just looking at the
> artist work is a great learning tool. Beats any book. As he says in the
> DVD, this is not an anatomy course. But one with a keen eye can learn a
> lot from his advice and the visuals, from the clean armature to the
> finished maquette, ready to be molded and cast into a final product. I am
> so getting my hands on a new anatomy book! I sold mine years ago because I
> didn't like the style of the artist (no photos, just drawings), and never
> got around to replace it with something better.
> I'm also going to start with live model drawing again. I used to love it
> at university.
> This DVD can also be used as a great intro course to working with
> oil-based clays. He favors the Chavant brand.  The character he creates is
> a fat fantasy creature with horns, which is great since there is great
> anatomical accurac with just enough interpretation, and horns as an animal
> reference.
> The extras are good too.
> Avoid the extra cost of shipping by convincing a local art supply store or
> a bookstore to carry the DVD in their inventory. It's sure to be a success
> for them!
> It cost me 17$ shipping from the USA to Canada. This is absurd, I paid 4$
> for a book more than 7 times heavier, coming from the UK.
> Two spoilers: I learned what an alcohol torch is (awesome!) and that the
> dust-off spray can to clean computer equipement has the property to
> rapidly cool  oil-based clay that became too warm (use the can
> upside-down) !
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