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: 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: 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: 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:
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, ~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.
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: