With this drawing I was trying to spend longer on developing the detail but I am not sure that I have achieved a lot more than the shorter studies. I feel that it is overworked in some areas and underworked in others. Proportions are not accurate enough and the emphasis of the pose has been lost because of this.
I tried to work on this again. I have been reading about other drawing techniques and was attempting not to do too much too early but to build up the lines and tones more carefully.
I think this is more accurate than the previous pose although far from perfect. There is more a sense of the weight of the figure actually sitting down and bending forward.
I need to practice going slower – doing more looking and plotting before putting anything on paper.
Research Point – Foreshortening
Quick sketch with mirror at end of sofa.
A lesser know version of the much damaged Anatomy Lesson of Dr Deijman (1656) – this is the remaining part of a much larger painting. “not literal representations of their public acts, but are allegorical proclamations of the surgeons as the renown masters of the secrets of the body (Kemp & Wallace p25)
Andre Mantega (1431-1506) – Lamentation of Christ
Michelangelo – Sistine Chapel Ceiling – created 1506 – 1512 – the use of foreshortening was very prevalent in fresco painting.
Paolo Uccello 1397-1475 – The Battle of San Romano – an early example of foreshortening – the fallen figure on the left.
JW Turner – life study
Salvador Dali 1904 – 1989 – The Ascension of Christ 1958 – a wonderfully theatrical painting from a unique angle.
Lucien Freud 1922-2011- Reflection with two Children (detail) 1985