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!
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?
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.