It was interesting to note the difference drawing the dark skinned lady as compared to light skin. The highlights and shadows are more pronounced, probably because I can’t see too much into the shadows from the camera. I decided to leave the shadows largely the same value to accentuate the lighter values. I kept the white charcoal on a leash today and just added a few highlights of the face and breast. Really fun study!
I’ve noticed quite an improvement in not having to spend time correcting mistakes by slowing down and double checking my first pass in the “stick to figure” method (see Croqui Cafe tutorials). In the first minute I can get the stick and “bean torso” in, second minute start filling in form and I spend as long as it takes on the final pose to go through all the steps. I also notice by making myself go though the “cylinder” stage, plotting cylinders over the stick figure, I start to automatically shape the cylinders to the form without thinking about it. I highly recommend that tutorial!
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.
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.