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Life Drawing…with Long Hair!

Here are some of my latest Life Drawing sketches.

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I was really frustrated with the model. I mean, she was lovely and everything, but her hair irritated the beejeesas out of me! It was so long and curly, which left strange shadows in unusual places, which made the drawing really tricky. I had to look really hard to work out what was going on. I much, much, muuuuch prefer it when models have either short hair, or their hair tied up. Grrrr!

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

I’m finding it easier to quick sketch again. When you fall out of the habit, it can be quite difficult to retrain your eye and hand co-ordination to get down on paper what you see, quickly and efficiently. For me, to do this, it has to be soft charcoal…every time!

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I’ve got a terrible habit of drawing the core trunk of the human figure, too shortly. I’ve noticed on a few of my sketches now, that the torso seems to be fine, but as soon as I get to the abdomen, I’m straight away drawing the top of the thighs! The stomach area is too short! At my next classes, I need to be really careful about that. Look harder, Marc!

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

See what I mean?

I tried a new technique this week. I drew with white, on black. I’ve drawn on pre-charcoaled paper before, and added dark tones, and took away charcoal to create highlights. But, this time, the only drawing I did was in white. It was strange, like working in reverse. My first attempt was a bit shoddy:

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It’s too focused on the outline, that isn’t white at all. My instinct was to draw the dark bits first, so I had to really concentrate and work out where the highlight was, and map that out first, then with lighter stokes, make the midtones, still using white. The outcome is interesting, I think:

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

To practice this some more, I drew a pose in pencil on white paper, then did the same one again, but on black paper, using white conte:

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

What do you think…?

Thanks for looking and reading 🙂

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Posted by on February 12, 2014 in Life Drawing

 

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Lovely Life Drawing

Here are some of my sketches from last Tuesday’s Life Drawing class. I really enjoyed this week, I felt more prepared. Last week, I winged it a bit. This week, I knew I wanted to do a charcoal sketch on pre-charcoaled paper (which I did at home, in advance) and I knew I wanted to do some studies in marker pen!

After last week’s class, I went online and ordered some more Willow Charcoal (shamefully, my supplies were running very low). So, I was set, and this is what I created:

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For the quick sketches, I used my trusty willow charcoal – which was much better to get back in the swing of mark making! The above sketches range from 2 to 5 minute sketches.

The below sketch is the one I did on my pre-charcoaled paper. I used to do this quite a bit at Art School, and I love the overall look it creates.

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The below charcoal sketch was done in 20 minutes. I think we were really lucky with our model. He had some really interesting poses, and most importantly – kept still!

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It wasn’t until I got home that I realised I’ve drawn the next study, as a hobbit! Big head alert, everyone:

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

I was keen to do some sketching in marker pen. I like its permanence. Each mark you make, can’t be erased. I like it. I used black for the shadow, and green for the midtones…I left the highlights floating around the white of my page 🙂

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The below inkies were 2 and 5 minute studies:

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That’s it for now. It feels so good life drawing again!

Before you go, let me know what you think…

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Posted by on January 18, 2014 in Life Drawing

 

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A Collection of Crappy Cat Creations

I’ve been flicking through my old sketchbooks, and guess what I found more sketches and drawings of cats! Quelle Surprise, I hear you cry!

These ones, like the previous cats studies, didn’t take very long, hence their crappy look! I’m not too proud of them in all honesty, but I’m enjoying adding my work to this sketch blog as each draw holds a memory. These make me think of being in the art studio trying to work out what the heck I’m going to do with all this cat lines! Haha…I need to track down the products of these studies…they involved line drawings of cats, lost in tartan. What a concept to behold!

Anyway…on with the studies…

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Posted by on January 12, 2014 in Cats, Studies

 

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New Year, New Sketches: Life Drawing

New Year, New Sketches: Life Drawing

Since moving up to Edinburgh I’ve been looking for a group where I can take part in some Life Drawing classes. After a bit of a google, I found all sorts of tutored courses, but I was really looking for something a bit more casual – then I found the fantastic group: All The Young Nudes! So, I went along to one of their sessions last Tuesday, and here is what I came up with…

At first I was little rusty – it’s been a while since I drew for life – here’s a selection of some of my quick sketches. Each pose was held for 5 and 10 minutes.

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I sketch a lot in biro – controversial, I know (I’ve had my fair share of bemused and concerned looks, as when everyone reaches for their willow charcoal and HBs… there’s me scrabbling around my pencil tin for my bics), but I really like the medium. I like the precision and the permanence of biros, and ink in general actually.

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

The class was structured so that we started off with a selection of 5 to 10 minute poses, then after a break we had 2 poses lasting 20-25 minutes each. At this point, I thought I should use my trusty charcoal:

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

It’s been a long time since I took part in a life drawing class, and I felt it! I think I got my media mixed up – I really should have done the quick studies with something easy to mark-make with, like charcoal. Then take time with the longer poses, maybe using inks and biros. Either way, I know to switch it up next time.

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The music playing was perfect too – I didn’t realise how much I loved that feeling of being given time just to sit, look and draw. I got lost in a trance of charcoal and biros 🙂

Below are my very first attempts of the evening – the first one wasn’t too bad for a 5 minute sketch, but the 2nd sketch lasted longer than I really needed for the choice of anatomy…can you tell I got a bit bored of the biro…?

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More sketches to follow soon.

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Posted by on January 9, 2014 in Life Drawing, Studies

 

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Quick Sketching

Whilst studying at the Cambridge School of Art, I learnt a wonderful habit of sitting in the windows of coffee shops and drawing what I saw.

My tutor, a brilliant man, called Douglas Jeal, used to say to us constantly that we had to learn to get our drawings down on paper at different speed. Some of us would spend such a long time creating studies, but few of us were able to jot down an image at a fast pace. So, to practice, we would sit somewhere where we could watch and observe life, then draw what we saw! Of course, what we were looking at would move quickly (invariably people out and about shopping and traveling somewhere), or stay still for short amounts of time, so we had to capture the essence of the subject fast!

Wherever I was, as long as I had my sketchbook on me, I would starting drawing whatever it was that I saw. I came across these studies, that I made on a train journey one time. Needless to say, the subject matter might not be very interesting (a seat, a tree, a pylon) but the overall binge like spatter of images across the pages are quite extraordinary:

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Spot the one that turned into more of a doodle…I’m pretty sure this just came out of my head after seeing so many countryside trees whizz past my train seat window:

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Posted by on November 19, 2013 in Studies

 

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Some Simple Sculptural Studies

Flicking through my sketchbooks, I came across these. Some quick simple sketches on some figurative sculptures that took my eye. I didn’t know where my sculpture was going, but by virtue of making studies, my ideas were able to develop and give me a greater idea of where my sculptural ideas were heading:

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I’m embarrassed to share this next image, because I know it’s a study of one of the figures from Rodin’s Burghers of Calais. Whilst, it looks NOTHING like the figure I was studying (it’s so frustrating when you make a study that doesn’t resemble the subject), something I do like about it, is I feel I’ve captured the emotion and expression. The facial expression is of torment, exasperation and fatigue…would you agree?

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Posted by on November 15, 2013 in Studies

 

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Sculpting a Sculpture

In my first year at uni, I spent a lot of time sculpting things out of Plaster of Paris. It was a pretty cool medium to be working with – although it did get pretty dusty, pretty quickly. Masks were essential.

Whilst looking through my sketch books I found some of my studies and preliminary drawings that were part of my project. At first I just flicked on through to some other studies, but then thought better and decided to add them here…

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Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog Sculpture Studies

I remember at school having to make Plaster of Paris and it was really difficult to make it right. It needs to be the texture of single cream, with no lumps. At uni, I became a demon at it! I was seriously good…the envy of the class. I thanked my trusty notes when watching my tutor explain how to do it…

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I think my last note is particularly enlightening.

What else can you do with plaster…?

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Posted by on June 30, 2013 in Studies

 

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