Above is the first 5 minute study. I was using pencil and trying to get the sense of slump in the figure. There is weight in the folds of the torso and the back.
Using charcoal and conte stick endeavouring this time to use tone to build the shapes of the model. Although this is not accurate in terms of proportion some of the marks and contrasts are more interesting than in the first 5 minute sketch.
The 3rd 5 minute pencil sketch of a crouching figure. I like the dynamism of the lines although it is more outline than solid form.
Standing figure drawn with pencil lines for 5 minutes. Although it is also just lines like the previous sketch it feels more solid and with weight.
With the last 5 minute sketch endeavouring to make the outlines more interesting and visceral.
There are 3 10 minute sketches for a longer sketch later in the session. Worked with pencil, then conte and finally charcoal.
I found it a very awkward pose as one leg is not visible and the width and length of the back difficult to define. I didn’t measure any of these but continued to lay them down quickly.
This final drawing of the pose was for 35 minutes. I should have done more measuring and checked the angles and relationships of the limbs etc. However I enjoyed and had more success in building up tonal layers creating more weight to parts of the drawing. Used all the drawing materials on this single drawing.
Quick 10 minute tonal study – this perhaps works better because it has context i.e. something for the model to sit on and the background.
Final 6 minute study where I tried not to draw outline and create less marks and be more thoughtful about what to include.
- It is difficult not to just draw outline
- I found it a challenge whether to measure proportion or just go for immediate response especially with the quick sketches
- Less is more in a lot of cases but need to build discipline in order to hold myself back
- I enjoy the darker media especially the conte sticks rather than pencil – makes it easier to create weight and tone to the drawings.
- Need to remember to include some context in the drawing – background, seating etc which helps to begin to develop a sense of place to the sketches.