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!
Charcoal, White Chalk and Graphite on watercolor paper.
I have been working on this study on and off for a while now. Decided to come back to it today for about 30 minutes. I swear I have redrawn that head at least six times! The only part that is drawn in graphite is the head, which I did today, again. 🙁
From the breast to the knees was the area I was most interested in. I slowly build up the values and modeled the form in this region. Overall, I like the study but I felt a sense of life was not present in the study.
Figure study using graphite on smooth newsprint paper. I like the rendering on the upper torso, not so much on the legs. Perhaps my concentration waned a bit. The legs look unrealistic, it has this metallic look to it. The core shadows are off. However, I am happy with my progress, I just need to tighten my drawings more.
This was about a 3 hour figure sketch, multiple sittings. I chose this particular figure to draw because of its expressiveness. The model legs spread apart, a slight lean in the torso, and the right elbow resting on his right leg conveyed power, stability and boldness. I wanted to capture all these intangibles in my drawing. I believe I accomplished what I set out to do, but of-course there are always room for improvements. For example, the proportion and perspectives are slightly off. The lights and shadows values are to close; I could have pushed the darks a little bit more to separate them more from the lights. Well, now I know what to improve on for my next figure sketch. Feedback is always appreciate, so let me know what you guys think.