7/1/17 Figure Study

10-30min, female, lifedrawing

Ref: New Master’s Academy #3 (YouTube)

Materials: 4H graphite, Charcoal “Hard”, white charcoal 

Loved the contrast of light and shadows in this pose, especially the core shadow running from the arm down the torso. 

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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!

 

Figure Sketches 4/27/17

1-2hour, female, Portrait

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. 

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! 

Online Life Drawing 4-12-17

10-30min, female, lifedrawing, nude

Ref: Croqui Cafe 259, Primacolor Terra Cotta in white paper

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! 

8/13/15: Figure Drawing Progression Image

10-30min, female, lifedrawing, nude

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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.