Quick Poses : OCA p108 : 2 minute sketches / warm up
This exercise starts off with 5 x 2 minute sketches of my model in a comfortable position. It asks that particular attention is paid to proportions but in 2 minutes I did find that very hard. I must admit that the time gradually grew to 4-5 minutes as I tried to get it right. These are my efforts in graphite and charcoal, using my pencil as my guide to proportions.
Fig 1: I tried the envelope method for the above drawing. I did not find it helped!
Fig 2: For this drawing I used pencil on a square format. There are faint lines showing proportions but they have not shown up in the photo.
Below in figure 3 I have used charcoal on the same square format sketchbook.
In fig 4 (left) I started by drawing in the axis of the shoulders and body. This in an A6 notebook and I have used charcoal. I have spent a little more time on grounding the figure onto the cushions but left the detail of the head.
This sketch (fig 5 – right) took a little longer again as I measured more carefully, but it does how a little improvement. This drawing is in my A6 sketchbook and is in charcoal.
2 x 10 minute drawings of the same pose:
Fig 6 above shows my first 10 minute post in charcoal where I have included some of the background and tried very hard with the proportions. This is in a square format sketchbook.
In Fig 7 below. I have taken more time over the outline, shading, proportions, face and hands and
therefore kept to the top half of the body in my 10 minute slot. I used graphite for this sketch. I notice I am beginning to see more and more of the figure, noticing little details and where the reality doesn’t match my expectations. Interesting.
More drawings of same pose from different angles:
Fig 8 above: This took me about 10 minutes and I have looked at the proportions and made notes on each latitudinal line as I went along. Pencil in square format sketchbook.
Fig 9 shows a different angle again. This one is in my A5 sketchbook and is in ink. The problem with ink or felt-tip is that we can’t erase errors!
Fig 10 uses pencil in my A5 sketchbook. I have again given the body more solidity by shading in the cushions. I kept the sketch to 10 minutes or so. I was pleased with the facial/head area and the angles of the body but the right arm and hand at the back was a bit of a dead loss as my model kept moving it despite nagging!
The Longer pose : OCA p 109
In this exercise my model had to sit for an hour whilst I checked measurements and drew him in charcoal. I was quite pleased with my effort, given the level I was at at the beginning of this module.
Shading the body gives it more depth and solidity and having more time for the furniture and background create a more complete picture of the event.
Check and log
- I believe I have managed to make a complete statement in my hour-long drawing. My main problems were: how much to draw in the background, getting the proportions right and getting more contrast in the picture.
- I believe I have captured the relaxed feel of this pose, the slight lean of the body and the sense of gazing out over the balcony.
- The proportions look good to me but I’m sure I will get a better ‘eye’ in months and years to come.