Figure Study Progression

Figure Study Progression
Figure Study Progression

 

Figure study. Graphite on smooth newsprint.  The reference was taken from a 1950s Russian training art manual. In it was a number of drawing plates to copy from. In this particular study I started with an “envelope”,  a few gesture lines delineating the overall height and with of the figure.  I then proceed to do the initial blocking.  In my blocking stage I map out the shadow areas, in addition to developing the contour lines. Each step thereafter was just refinements. Also, this time around I decided to draw bottom-up instead of top-down.  It wasn’t too  bad doing things in reverse order.

I used a HB graphite pencil for the initial blocking and 4B pencil for the shading. Even with the HB pencil I still find I go too dark in the early stages of the drawing. I find myself pressing hard with the pencil, when I should just switch to a softer pencil to get a darker tone. To be honest, I am always pressing hard, regardless of the hardness of the pencils. 🙁 Suggestions?

My shading and edges still need some more work, though. Proportions were off.  However, overall I am pleased with this study.  Onto the next!

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