Drawing 1: Part IV: Figure Drawing: The Moving Figure: sitting and waiting / fleeting moments / research

Project: The Moving Figure

Exercise : Sitting and waiting OCA p121

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The sketches that follow are a mixed bunch which have mostly been taken from life as I’ve been out and about.

The characters on the right are drawn in pencil, graphite and ink.  I drew these quick sketches in a park to try to get a feel for the shapes and postures.

They are all on an A5 format.

 

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Above: Fishing off the pier (pencil).  I liked the lines of the rods and the man seated on the back of the bench.  Also the receding coastline in the background.  I often forget to put in the backgrounds!  It’s good that fishermen stay still for so long.

Right (5 format – soft pencil and charcoal) is a man sitting on the beach waiting for a game of volleyball to start.  This was quite difficult as he kept moving.

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Left are two boys sitting in an outdoor cafe.  I found the angles of the bench set really difficult but got there in the end. Graphite on A6.

The girl below was standing around with her drink.  I drew her in squiggly lines in ink for an experiment.

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Left and below are people waiting in queues.  The figure on the left is split into two halves.  She was so ‘neat’ I wanted to get all of her in

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The lady on the right was beautifully rounded – head, body and even her hair bun.

 

 

 

 

We are also urged to draw from magazines, newspapers, photographs and TV.  Here is a selection of my drawings from these media:

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These were really good extra practice, epecially in proportions, stance, gesture and the other elements we are trying to achieve in this course.  All were drawn in A6 format.

 

 

 

Exercise : Fleeting moments : OCA p122

There are several quick sketches below showing fleeting moments; from a chap on a bike to my husband cooking, hanging washing or cleaning the oven.  I have tried to capture the essence of the moment.   The sketches are in my little A6 notebook.  I was especially pleased with capturing the odd angle of the head in the lower picture 142/7

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The little boys below were frolicking in the sea.  I took a quick snap so I could get the proportions and stance right as they didn’t stay still for even a second.

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Whilst sitting in an outdoor cafe I saw this man with the pram was playing finger games with his child and on the same page I drew a little girl with her bag who was walking toward me briefly and there’s a Mum with a baby in a front sling

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Exercise: Research point: people watching : OCA p123

 

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