Here are some of my latest Life Drawing sketches.
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!
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!
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!
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:
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:
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:
What do you think…?
Thanks for looking and reading 🙂
© Marc Godfrey 2014