After watching the “Stick to Figure” video series they have, I found it really helped to see the form and proportions much better! This is the initial gestures (1-2min) where I put down the stick figure, then went back to fill it in with spheres, the “bean-torso”, countours and finally shading (as told in the videos). Highly recommend!
Been a long time and feels good to get back into these studies. Croqui Cafe is doing a lot more short poses which is great to warm up to the last pose. I’m loving the warm prismacolor color pencil for these! Smooth.
Reference: New Master’s Academy #26, ~20min
After watching some youtube videos, I decided to make a 4-step progression. 1) Map in the gesture of the pose (the flow of it), 2) add basic shadows with the edge of the pencil and also shade in the whole figure and background, 3) add the core shadow line and the cast shadows (darker than previous shadow), 4) use kneaded eraser to give highlight. That’s it.
5 Minute poses.
1, 2 Min Poses.
Reference: Master’s Academy YouTube sessions (mix); ~20min
This is a quick post to show “painting in” a figure with the broad side of a pencil. It’s faster, really good at helping to establish values, and seems to help mass in the figure with a perspective on shadow masses, rather than line. It may seem like a downgrade in quality, but it teaches how to let go of trying to get tight detail with a fine line as seen in a lot of YouTube lessons. Also, this brushstroke style of using the pencil is easy to erase when needed if you go back to fill in tight detail. Hope it helps!
Reference: Figures & Gesture Drawings, ~30 min
Time to take a step back and improve the impact from a pose by improving facial expression. This is a little quick study of faces and expressions in “Class Mode”. 30 seconds really makes you pick only the most important lines and constantly look at the image rather then your paper. Excellent class from Figures & Gesture website!
Reference: New Master’s Academy #27
This is the second time practicing session #27. The lighting is so well done to get those tight shadows helping to define the roundness and form. I watched this Proko video beforehand, which guided me to find the angles of the spine, pelvis and head. I recommend it!
New Masters Academy, 10min plus 2 to finish
This dramatic pose had a feel of desperation and exhaustion.