Part 4 – Project 2 – Exercise 2 – Longer Study

30 minute sketch seated

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.

30 minute sketch 2 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.

foreshortening feet mirror


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)

Rembrant anatomy lesson


Andre Mantega (1431-1506) – Lamentation of Christ

Michelangeo sistine chapel

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.

A Supine Male Nude, Seen Foreshortened c.1799-1805 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

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