My Figure Painting 1 Final.

A warm hello from the new drawing and painting student blogger!

02 / 18 / 16

My name is Charlie Antolin and I am the Drawing and Painting student representative. If you don’t already know me, you might recognize me by my long hair and yellow Oakland A’s hat. I am from the Bay Area and spent the holidays there. It is great to be back at LCAD and busy again with classes. I am so excited to learn new things this semester.  My teachers are very talented and have a lot to offer.  Personally I have grown and changed a lot since I came to LCAD.  I discovered a passion for anatomy last semester and am now enrolled in Artistic Anatomy 2 with Carolin Peters and I am excited for the challenge that lies ahead.

Figure Drawing 3 (in class)

I believe great art requires long hours and hard work, so I spend most of my time during the day on main campus (also I just work better and procrastinate less at school than back in my apartment in Irvine). When I am not in class, I usually find an empty studio to work in and try to stay as late as I can. I am glad to say that LCAD is a perfect fit for my artistic style. I admire the work of Rembrandt, Rubens, Velasquez, and other great masters. I am captivated by portraits and figures, creating illusions with paint, and trying to make sense of the world around me.  But (as Bashō said) Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought.

I am not only passionate about becoming a better artist myself, but I wish to help the artists around me to become better too. I am an introvert but I hope to lead by example by always working with integrity and having a positive attitude.

With the spring semester just getting underway, it feels like a good time to remember some advice Hope Railey shared with our class at the beginning of Freshman year. She said the students who tend to succeed are the ones who say Yes to everything. I tried to do that last year, and I can definitely say that doing that helped make it a memorable year. That advice was on my mind a couple of weeks ago when Doug DaVee asked the student representatives to try writing blog posts. Blog posts? Me? That’s not my usual comfort zone, but why not. Yes, I’ll give it a try. Who knows what lies ahead this semester for any of us, but if we are ready to say yes to whatever comes our way, things are sure to be interesting.