6/15/15: Female Figure Study, Dramatic Shadows

1-2hour, female, lifedrawing, nude

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Reference: Figure & Gesture Drawings, ~2hr

When doing a class sketching gestures of figures, I came across this image with dramatic shadows and highlights.  The posture of the body is the key to emphasizing the passionate, bold emotion. Once again, this website is such a great tool to use!

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

30-60min, female, lifedrawing, nude

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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!

5/23/15: Female Figure in Nature, Terra Cotta Study

3-5 hour, female, nature, nude

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Reference: NakedAspirations.com  (warning pornographic), ~5hr

Today I bought a Prismacolor Premier “Terra Cotta” colored pencil (PC944) from Hobby Lobby and love it! I had trouble with the glare of graphite in the last session, but this seems to be a great substitute. It stays relatively sharp, has a buttery smooth feel and can darken nicely when I really press in. I’m slowly moving towards figures in nature. There are very few decent artistic photos of models in nature not pornographic. Unfortunately, the reference is mostly that, however, there are a few good images in there. So just keep the mental filters on and search for “art” photos if you dare.

Here’s the progression shot:

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5/23/15: Female Figure Study w/ Dark Background

3-5 hour, female, lifedrawing, nude

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Reference: Figures & Gesture Drawings, ~3hrs

Today I wanted to try a dark background just for kicks since a lot of photography is done this way. I’m not sold on it just yet. Seems almost gawdy at the moment, but maybe it’ll look better tomorrow. It does help distinguish her figure from across the room and bring out the bold, confident attitude of her pose. Next time I’ll try for the “less is more” style, possibly leaving some of the figure in just the line drawing while the area of focus is a more finished look. I’ve seen many stunning figure drawing done like this.

Here’s the progression picture:

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

30-60min, faces

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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.

5/13/15: Female Figure Study, Clean Compostion

3-5 hour, female, lifedrawing, nude

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Reference: Figure & Gesture Drawings, ~3hr

Tonight’s figure study was more about clean composition and shading than emotion. After viewing Jeremy Lipking’s nude paintings, his simplicity in design was inspiring. If you haven’t seen his works, they are amazing. Here’s his gallery link.   I used white and dark charcoal over graphite.

Here’s my warm ups between 1-5min.

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5/3/15: Female Figure Drawing including White Charcoal

3-5 hour, faces, female, hands, lifedrawing, nude

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Reference: Figure &Gesture Drawings, ~3hrs

After studying the hands and the face and recent studies, today I chose to emphasize these in this pose. I wasn’t sure what she was expressing. At first I thought she was feeling complacent, but the more I drew her, I think she was going to seduction. In any case, the lighting was perfect to test out both white and dark charcoal pencils over a graphite base. I had thrown away the dark charcoal pencil after it kept breaking, but then today I watched a YouTube video where the exact same charcoal pencil was used to make an amazing figure drawing. I must not have been using it right. So I dug it out of the trash and found an old empty cereal box, noticing the brown cardboard inside. Good time to find it too, since I only have white sketch paper and the white charcoal would be useless. I flipped the cereal box inside out and used it for today’s drawing. Hey, artists never claim to be normal. Using the charcoal more delicately and only sharpening it when needed really helped. Here’s the progression:

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