Reference: random image from Google, ~35min.
Quick portrait on toned paper (inside of cereal box) using graphite, black and white charcoal and some terra cotta color pencil. It’s fun to try and figure out the best combination for using these. It’ll be useful for figure studies.
Reference: New Master’s Academy #28, ~35min
This shows the progression of timed poses from 1 min (top), 2 min (middle), 5 min (bottom right) and the 10 minute (bottom left). I questioned if I should post this since it’s not anything spectacular, but chose to for two reasons: if it helps another student in seeing how I start figures and progressively add to it; and secondly, hopefully someone very experienced will see this and help guide me with some tips. After all, this is why we are part of blogging community, to encourage, learn from and inspire each other, right?
Reference: Pic taken off Grumpier Old Men 2, ~40min
Bradwynn Jones is an up and coming artist that inspired me to do quick 20 minute sketches in the morning. Well, I couldn’t resist going over a bit. Walter Matthau’s face is fun to draw. “The face of a mackerel” was the quote from the movie of Sophia Loren’s mom. I’m hoping to get good enough to do quick sketches of friends I make while hiking sections of the Appalachian Trial (trail family).
Reference: Croqui Cafe 76, ~35 min.
Why use only a random ballpoint pen? No erasing. It’s the cure of lazy, time consuming drawing that happens from not looking at the subject enough. To solve this, do the ballpoint pen challenge. It may not be a “finished work”, but it’s a great lesson to raise the pressure just enough to look twice before marking. Hope you try it!
Reference: Figure & Gesture Drawings (Faces), ~40min
This was a quick study after reading the first few pages of Andrew Loomis’ book “Faces and Hands”. I’m new to learning other’s methods, but this book is easy to read and understand so far. It’s so hard to get the nose, eyes etc. in the right places, but this clears it up for the most part. Hopefully this will help me get some quick, recognizable portraits of people I meet.
Reference: Figure and Gesture Drawings, ~1hr
I’m finding that hands can make a powerful statement in a pose. In this previous post of the female with one hand gripping her hair, the other in a fist on the ground, it becomes the center of attention telling of frustration and anger. The class mode on this post’s reference website (Figure & Gesture Drawings) does an excellent job of posting images of hands in different gestures.
Reference: Croquis Cafe 73, 35 min
The model seemed at ease, relaxed and yet confident. This was a good study to learn how to show the gentle twist in the body along the torso.
Croquis Cafe 135, ~35min
This was a relaxed, graceful pose. The contrast of the hair against the long, graceful C-curve of the body really struck me and made the quick gesture drawing easier.