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!
Reference: Google images for “interesting faces”, ~2hr
I saw a video where vine charcoal was smeared across the face, then the highlights were produced with erasing. I only have compressed charcoal and I doubt it spread out as well, but it worked somewhat. Most of the time was spent trying to map the face in as accurate as possible. Still have a lot of work to do with this… Fun study!
Reference: New Masters Academy #23, 2hr
I liked the reflected light on this one so much, I spent as long as it took to try and capture it. I focused on this lighting more than actual precision accuracy in the details, giving it a softer feel, especially in the face.
Here’s the lighting mapped out:
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 #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.
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: New Master’s Academy #34 (YouTube), ~1hr
I tried to do a study in charcoal and avoid tight lines as much as possible. It really made me pay attention to masses of light and dark and pay attention to the shadow line between lit areas of the skin of direct light and reflected light.
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: 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 84, ~2hr
Quick post: It was a “wake up, eat breakfast while drawing” day before heading out to class. After a few 1-minute gesture drawings, I settled on this pose because of the great shadows. She had an expression of relaxation and enjoying the simplicity of the pose. I didn’t shade much below the torso, but it didn’t seem to need it for expressing her pose. Okay… off to welding class…