Exercise: Essential Shapes : OCA p 110
For this 1-hour long exercise I did some warm up sketches to practice quick angled poses. My model did not feel he could sustain these positions for long so I waited to complete the longer pose until I had a professional model to draw.
Fig 1 above was my first twisted pose with both the torso and legs making interesting angles. It took about 7 minutes to draw in ink using a quick proportion tool (my pencil).
Below (fig 2) the back arm is foreshortened and I did find that difficult; even now it looks wrong but I worked with the negative space around the arm to make sure it was in the right place. I made the thighs too short but then lengthened them. I must have forgotten to check the proportions on them or they would not have been so far out.
Fig 3 above – another attempt at a twisted pose with the arm and leg twisting in the same direction away from the hips.
Fig 4 below took me a few minutes. I think this came out quite well and it was especially difficult due to the foreshortening of the thighs. In this pose the left leg and right arm fold over in opposition to one another.
Fig 5 shows a 5 minute twisted pose with a new model. This is executed in graphite on A4.
Having completed the above practice sketches I had the opportunity to draw another nude model for a much longer sitting. I used tinted paper and darkened areas with charcoal and highlighted with chalk.
Figure 6. The model is almost facing me with her frame twisted to her left and her right arm leaning on the arm frame. The frame she is sitting on was covered in cloth but there was no more time for detail work (This probably took me about half an hour anyway). The thighs are foreshortened in this pose which, again, I found difficult.
Essential Elements : OCA p 111
6 different poses lasting 10 minutes each with the light shining on one side of the figure:
Fig 7 : Nude male lying on soft bed. Pencil drawing on A4.
Clothed male figure (Fig 8 below) – very poor proportions on the legs. I do struggle with proportions when I only have a few minutes. I guess that will come with practice. Charcoal drawing in A5 sketchbook
Fig 9: Nude female on covered box. Charcoal pencil on A5 cartridge paper.
Fig 10: Nude female on cushions – charcoal rubbed into background; form made with an eraser and shaded in afterwards. Tried to get light and shade more prominently in this drawing.
Fig 11: charcoal pencil drawing of seated clothed female. I think this is the best one so far and I checked proportions as thoroughly as I could in the time available though I went over time somewhat. I’m pleased to see a slight improvement over these drawings.
In Fig 12 I have used tinted brown paper and created the tonal values with charcoal and chalk as the lightest and darkest and the tint of the paper for the middle range. I would have liked to have had more time for more detail. Oh dear, forgot to keep track of time – I got so involved in it.
Check and log:
- I tried to maintain the correct proportions at the same time as creating a sense of weight and three dimensional form but I need lots more practice.
- Figure 10 above gives the best sense of the pose because it is clear she is sitting on a chair.
- In the ‘essential shapes’ exercise above (figs 1-5) there are various movements away from the central axis. These were, at times, difficult to convey due to foreshortening and also my own struggles with proportion.