6/12/17: Figure Study

30-60min, female, nude

Reference: Photo by Stan Katz (https://onefotoperday.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/one-picture-a-day-day-1365-nude/)

Medium: Charcaol white/black, graphite

A fellow blogger, Stan Katz, has an excellent site called “One Picture a Day” where he posts nude figures with professional quality lighting. Perfect for sketching. Thanks for letting me use the photo, Stan! I believe his work is for sale, so check it out!

It’s been a while since I sketched figures, so it was a bit rough, but a great study to work on! I started with 4B graphite, filled in shadow shapes with 3B graphite, highlighted with white charcoal and then deepened the darks with “hard” regular charcoal. It seems like the light was close to the figure highlighting the face and torso, but not the legs so much, so I left the legs with an unfinished look. It was the dark cast shadows that I liked about this study. The face, the breast and especially the outstretched hand casting the shadow across the hip that I wanted to emphasize by using high contrast and sharp edges. I also enjoyed the pose with the hand outstretched producing a highlight away from the body to add variety to the composition. Well done, Stan!

 

Life Drawing 4/25/17

30-60min, female, lifedrawing

Ref: Croqui Cafe 247; Prismacolor Terra Cotta pencil/ white charcoal on tan paper

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! 

Life Drawing 4-18-17

30-60min, lifedrawing

Ref: Croqui Cafe 178, Prismacolor Terra Cotta

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! 

8/11/15: Figure Drawing, Timed Progression

30-60min, female, lifedrawing, nude

figstdy

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?

6/23/15: Morning sketch, Walter Matthau

30-60min, actor, faces, Portrait

Waltermautthau

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).

6/10/15: Female Figure Study, The Ballpoint Pen Challenge

30-60min, female, lifedrawing, nude

onlypen

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!

5/16/15: Facial Expression Studies using Loomis’ Methods

30-60min, faces

5-16-15study

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.

5/2/15: Study of Hands

30-60min, hands, lifedrawing

hands

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.