Tuesday Night Figure Drawing

Worked on a charcoal-toned paper, which was nice. As it was with still life, I struggle to finish a drawing in the allotted time, but I’m becoming more comfortable with where to prioritize. Not very stoked with any of the drawings this week, and my gestures were crap. However, still getting in good practice and trying new things. Overall a win, since a decent finished drawing is only a bonus (posting rough unfinished stuff never gets easier!).

Both of these are the usual charcoal on a charcoal-toned bristol paper, 18×24.

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Figure Drawing

I drew along with Proko from youtube for my work break sketching yesterday, and it paid huge dividends in class last night. Still a long way to go, but it’s very rewarding to overcome obstacles like that. I think I’m finding a happy medium between my mind’s eye for gesture and the way my instructors want it done.

2 minute gestures. Did a few pages of these to warm up. Model was the same as Sunday, so that was cool. Charcoal on newsprint, 18×24.

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10 minute study. Sanguine conte on newsprint, 18×24.

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20 minute study. Charcoal on bristol paper, 18×24.

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I switched up from Conte sticks to pencils (sharpened with the long taper), using the overhand grip I had been working on with the stick. It was initially awkward last year when I tried it, but the intervening practicing has made it feel much more natural. Fine linework is still tough, but the bigger stuff is much easier with that grip. Really happy I’ve been making the effort to develop it!

Also spent some time teaching other students how to sharpen pencils properly. I got a kick out of that!

Sketchbook Digest

Another slim sketchbook week due to classes. I kind of took a class on Sunday, too. Sat in on a figure painting class and did gesture drawings. Since there was only one pose, I ended up sketching the students a lot. Here’s a sample of that, I did a bunch of pages like this. Gestures ranging from 20 seconds to 2 minutes (but mostly 30 seconds to a minute), charcoal on newsprint 18×24. Also a head study at the end of the session, about 15 minutes (same media).

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In the sketchbooks, another page of study from Huston’s book, graphite on paper 9×12. Still working on my Simone Bianchi Ororo copy in the small sketchbook…getting bogged down in the hair details, blah.

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Figure Drawing

Last night was my first figure drawing class. I last took figure drawing in 1984, and it felt like I was right back there…except that was a horrible experience that has lurked around in my brain ever since. So I took a step back, used the skills I acquired over the last year and pushed through the doubt and negativity, so I could begin to learn.

I was struggling with my linework as usual, and got a bad angle for the first 10 minute pose. I decided to play around with some tone, and struck on the way to navigate this difficult subject…I should fall back on my strengths, developing form with values.

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Things got a lot more enjoyable, though obviously this is just the beginning and I have a looooong way to go, and so much more to learn. But at least I found a way to make it fun!

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