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.
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…
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!
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!
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:
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:
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.
Reference: Figure & Gesture Drawings, 3 hours
Tonight felt like a good time to add what I learned from the last post about facial expression into a figure study. The pose isn’t dramatic, but the expression of peace on her face as she gazed into the light with her hand held up gently said volumes. I aimed to stop at 60 minutes, but really got into the zone and kept going. Here’s what it looked like at 60 min:
I aimed to get good proportions and put a line where the light changes as a note to fill in later. It was a lot of putting something down and then revising until it looked right. I bought a cheap General’s charcoal pencil to see what it would do and after the tip broke a dozen times, I chunked it and went back to graphite. I like the darkness it gets, but need to find one that’s a bit less brittle.
Reference: Figure & Gesture Drawing, ~90 min.
This pose suggested she was relaxed as if just laying down on a bed, with the outstretched neck, closed eyes and curled in legs and toes. The lighting and clarity of the reference image was amazing; soft tones with a few sharp edges.