This week on Drawing Concepts Class!: Figure Drawing
Tuesday started the figure drawing week (a week in art class is two days! 😀 ). We are allowed to experiment with any media we want, but force ourselves to be adventurous and not hold ourselves back. We have to try and find what style and method we like and is unique to us. We were encouraged to draw the figure disproportionally, mix our mediums, and either scale it large so the figure is going off the sides, or draw a whole bunch on one page.
This session was a clothed male model. He also brought a katana and a bo staff with him! First we did a bunch of 30 second warm-ups with charcoal, and then some 1 minute poses. I forgot to take pictures of the quick ones, but I have everything past the 5min ones.
I mostly decided to work with sharpie markers, because I already know that ink is what I am into, especially illustrative style. I wanted to see if I could use it as good with a figure drawing as I am just drawing with it.
5 Minute Figure Sketches:
5min sketches: Charcoal
5min Sketch: Colored Sharpie
In addition to regular figure drawing, we also had a short session of blind contour figure drawing too. This is where you aren’t supposed to look at your paper, at all, and just stare at the figure as you draw it blindly without lifting the pen/pencil from the paper. The Prof. says that doing this really forces us to look at every detail. I guess it did do that, but it was difficult. Plus I kept getting lost at where I was in the drawing and messing it up. On the bright side, what came out from my red sharpie was pretty cool. I admit I peeked a little on the top two figures, but I got caught and Prof. turned my easel in a way that I could not look at my paper as I drew, even if I tried. Ahah.
Blind Contour Figure Sketches: Red and Blue Sharpie
It looks like a crazy kung-fu fight scene! After the actual session, we were allowed to go in and spruce it up, which is where the blue comes in. I drew in the weapons and gave them movement lines.
10 Minute Headless Figure Sketches:
Not sure what else to call it, but we simply had to zoom in on the torso and focus on the middle parts of the body, rather than the head and legs…
Torso Sketch: Prismacolor Colored Pencil
Torso Sketch: Colored Sharpie
Finally, the 20 minute figure sketch:
This one we could arrange it how we wanted, but make it big enough to fill the whole page, at least. We could also use our choice of medium, rather than further experiment, in so creating something more legitimately our own style. After class, the model said it was exactly what he wished to be doing.
20 Minute Figure Sketch: Colored Sharpie and Prismacolor Colored Pencils