Ref: Google, Pinterest board “choonhachat”; black/white charcoal, mechanical pencil, Prismacolor Terra Cotta pencil.
I’m taking a class in Schoolism.com by John Hardesty titled “Realism”. Excellent class. He discusses seeing proportions in different ways, each meathod double checking the other for accuracy. I have a long way to go, but it’s evident 90% of realism is spending the most time double checking and correcting before getting details. Also, less is more, especially around the eyes.
The first round I looked for photos taken a long time ago since they tend to have better lighting for drawing with shadows. On the second session, I found an illustrator with a great reference board on Pinterest. His name for searching is “choonhachat”. He also frequently does live drawing sessions on Instagram. He been drawing figures for years and it’s amazing to see how fast he is. His instagram is also “choonhachat”.
Ref: Croqui Cafe, Meredith Rose album; black/white charcoal on tan paper
I started a new Schoolism.com class with Johnathan Hardesty to learn to capture realism. We’re on the “blocking in” stage to gain accuracy from the start. I had trouble and I didn’t catch the likeness to Meredith, but enjoyed working through the shading stages and trying to see the figure as just large masses of shadow and light. Difficult, but worth many the million mistakes it takes to get it right. Great class so far. The subscription to that site is worth every penny.
Ref: Croqui Cafe 142, Prismacolor Terra Cotta pencil and white charcoal on toned paper
I’m liking the toned paper for these sketches. Still learning to limit my highlights, but it’ll get better with time. I liked the final 5min pose so I paused it to about 35min.
Reference: Google images for “interesting faces”, ~2hr
I saw a video where vine charcoal was smeared across the face, then the highlights were produced with erasing. I only have compressed charcoal and I doubt it spread out as well, but it worked somewhat. Most of the time was spent trying to map the face in as accurate as possible. Still have a lot of work to do with this… Fun study!
Reference: New Masters Academy #23, 2hr
I liked the reflected light on this one so much, I spent as long as it took to try and capture it. I focused on this lighting more than actual precision accuracy in the details, giving it a softer feel, especially in the face.
Here’s the lighting mapped out:
Reference: New Master’s Academy #34 (YouTube), ~1hr
I tried to do a study in charcoal and avoid tight lines as much as possible. It really made me pay attention to masses of light and dark and pay attention to the shadow line between lit areas of the skin of direct light and reflected light.
Reference: Croqui Cafe 84, ~2hr
Quick post: It was a “wake up, eat breakfast while drawing” day before heading out to class. After a few 1-minute gesture drawings, I settled on this pose because of the great shadows. She had an expression of relaxation and enjoying the simplicity of the pose. I didn’t shade much below the torso, but it didn’t seem to need it for expressing her pose. Okay… off to welding class…
Reference: Figure & Gesture Drawings, ~2hr
When doing a class sketching gestures of figures, I came across this image with dramatic shadows and highlights. The posture of the body is the key to emphasizing the passionate, bold emotion. Once again, this website is such a great tool to use!
Reference: Somewhere on the internet (can’t find it again), 2hrs
If I saw this guy squinting at me, I’d move to the other side of the road. I focused on shading planes of the face and continuing to use pencil with charcoal to get those deep dark areas.
Reference: Figure & Gesture Drawing, ~90 min.
This pose suggested she was relaxed as if just laying down on a bed, with the outstretched neck, closed eyes and curled in legs and toes. The lighting and clarity of the reference image was amazing; soft tones with a few sharp edges.