Portrait WIP

WIP Portrait
WIP Portrait

Greetings everyone! Today’s post is a portrait that I have been working on and off for the last two months. It is still in its early stages, and I am hoping to complete it soon.  The reference is from Croquis Cafe photos archive. The photos are free and according to them, you can “[d]ownload them, draw from them, repost them, do with these photos as you will”. Their only caveat is that you keep their Croquis Cafe Logo in place.  Sweet!!

By the way, I am not affiliated with Croquis Cafe whatsoever. They are amazing, because they have such liberal usage rights when it  comes to their photos! That is a rare thing my friends! Have a great weekend!

Figure Rendering Study

Figure Rendering StudyGreetings everyone! I hope everyone is in good health and is having a great week.  Today’s drawing was all about taking the figure from gesture to semi-finished drawing. Also working on my ability to draw  and talk at the same time. Believe it or not it is quite difficult to do both. I have decided to start posting short clips of my self in the studio; just another means to hold myself accountable and to share what I love doing.

Figure Sketch Demo

Figure Sketch

Greetings everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying the Fall season. Here is a figure sketch demo that I did in graphite pencil. This was a loosely drawn sketch. I started out the gesture using the scribble technique. Focusing on negative shapes (between her torso and right arm, between her legs) to helped me to determine correct proportions. This was a very challenging pose to draw, given the contortions of the model body.

Portrait Charcoal Study

Portrait StudyPortrait charcoal study on Canson paper. For this study I employed the “wipe-out” method where I first covered the entire paper with a medium tone of charcoal and then proceeded to wipe out the lights with a piece of leather chamois.  At this stage I am only establishing the major light and dark patterns (Notan) of the portrait.  I am also checking overall proportion, gesture and shape accuracy. Initial darks are laid-in with vine charcoal.

If I feel confident of my major proportions and shapes,  then I switch to charcoal pencil and start to delineate smaller forms lightly, being careful not to make any permanent marks (I have a tendency to press to hard with my charcoal pencil).  At this stage I am searching, adjusting for smaller forms, again checking proportions and shape accuracy and how the smaller forms fit within the whole. My darks are still relatively light at this stage.

After massing in the smaller forms, and feeling confident about their placement, I start to model; taking the relatively flat shapes and making them 3-dimensional.

 

Charcoal Figure Study

Figure Study
Figure Study

 

Following along with Steve Houston at NMA.  Charcoal on Stonehenge paper. This was a nice tutorial on rendering gradations. Started out with an initial lay-in, demarcating the light and shadow side of the figure. From the core shadow scrubbed in a smooth gradation working into the shadows and then the light side of the figure.

Ron Lemen’s Figure Rendering

Ron Lemen’s Figure rendering process.  A very analytical approach to understanding figure abstraction, construction, and rendering.

There are four videos in the series.

The first video discusses the “Armature Stage”, which  basically is capturing the gesture of the figure in a loose manner: “Loose and lively in the line work”. The most important take away for me in the first video was when drawing from reference photograph we have to know where the camera is in our reference, our  camera level as oppose to our eye level sitting or standing in a classroom or studio.

The second and third video discusses surface form rendering. The topics discussed were: Edges of shadow and light and the gradient transitions that links them, value contrast, and tonal progression (vertical and horizontal gradient)

The fourth video just recaps what he went over in the previous videos.

Notes from the Studio