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! 

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! 

8/13/15: 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.

8/11/15: Figure Drawing, Timed Progression

30-60min, female, lifedrawing, nude

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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?

8/6/2015: 1 and 5 Min Poses, “Painting in the Pose”

10-30min, female, lifedrawing, nude

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5 Minute poses.

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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!

6/22/15: Simple Female Figure Study

1-2hour, female, lifedrawing, nude

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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…