Saturday, February 03, 2007

Life drawing




















A strange thing happened at life drawing yesterday. I hadn't picked up a pencil all week, I had been rushing around a DIY shop with Mark before the life class (at an unearthly hour of the morning for me!) so I had to rush to get there in time. I sat down, opened the sketchbook and just plunged right in. No settling myself, checking angles and measuring, no deep breaths and emptying my mind of all other things, I just picked up the pencil and drew, and amazingly it all seems to fall into place. I think I'm happier with these two drawing than with any of the others I've done. This week I concentrated on lines. I added a little shading and I was happy with the composition so I left it here and started another.





















The poses look quite different without the second hand, I think. I tried to give the lines some varying weight. Some of my figures have looked almost like cut-outs but I feel I've made some improvement here. The hand draped on the back of the chair gave me some trouble - at first it looked like a tarantula and I was tempted after a while to simply rub it out and forget it, but with a bit of perseverence it's not too bad although it could be better! HB and 3B pencil.

8 comments:

PMBC said...

Great blog! I love tha live sketches.

Renate said...

Beautiful. I love the soft and gentle style.

AnastasiaC said...

so soft and gentle...lovely sketches!

Felicity said...

Welcome pmbc, thanks all!

Sunil said...

This sketch is especially beautiful. Loved the lines..

robotjam said...

I was going to say before I read the post that the line work was fantastic. I remember how hard life drawing was when I used to do it.

David Malan said...

These look great! I've always found, if I have a class, the first days drawings turn out better because after that I start to worry about all of the different elements, measuring, etc. Days I can forget all that and just draw are nice.
Don't be timid about the face. With the drawing skill used for the rest of the body I am sure it will turn out nicely.

E-J said...

Such a satisfying weight to your lines, and subtle modelling. Nice work!