Harry Bradley designer and teacher at Art Center Pasadena
Harry Bradley has been my teacher at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena (here one of his famous drawings) and I decided to tell you about him a bit because he has been for me probably the best teacher I ever had.
Since I often write about drawings, perspective, shading, creativity, skills... I think I have to tell you about Harry.
First of all he was kind of crazy guy with a good humor, but most important he really knew how to teach drawing cars. He would sketch with and for us wih his dark and light graphite old pencils (the yeallow ones remember?), he would take a white paper and start sketching in perfect perspective up side down! Got the point?
He would be looking at your face while sketching explaining why he would do what he was doing, he would do this without turning the page (up side down) and , in the same position, he would start applying shadows changing pencils using his fingers to create better shading, using an eraser to make highlights spots.
At the end of his demo tutorial he would finish it with some linework cleaning up.
Simply great memories full of passion and devotion!
I remember also when he would get mad (at me for example) just because my drawing had some wrincled corner and for this I would not get my so waited critic.
Discipline in sketching a car (linework, perspective, focal point, shading, composition on page) and discipline as student (just like in the real world) be on time, perfect work, nothing missing better if with some extra quality work (basically better 35 perspective sketches then the 30 requested).
During his lessons he made me feel like a designer at work, this is the magic about my friend Harry. He made us work like hell without feeling the heavy times, I had a sort of studio chief in front of me and not just my academic teacher.
Great times! I hope you can have the same chance I had.
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© 2010 Luciano Bove
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