Using the space

In the intervening week I had spent some time doing quick drawings at home - simple objects using mugs, tools - anything to hand.  My objective was to start to apply the use of negative space to understand the relationships between objects and create a sense of perspective.   I also needed to revisit foreshortening again.   All of these things are crucial in any good drawing ability and never more so in life drawing. Session Two was great - we had not one but two models - a male and a female.  It was a first for me because we got to draw them both together in quick poses - one minute to ten minutes.

 Unless you are going for some sort of abstract interpretation or you cannot answer to the affirmative on any of those points your drawing is wrong - nice shading by the way!
Once you understand the relationship between forms - drawing complex objects like the human body become less intimidating.  I remember Jeff Phillips, my life drawing tutor back in my foundation days telling us there is a simple rule of thumb in this game - step back, forget about style - look at your drawing and ask your self  if that figure suddenly came alive could they walk?  How does one limb relate to the other?  Would they look out of proportion if they stood up?  Unless you are going for some sort of abstract interpretation or you cannot answer to the affirmative on any of those points your drawing is wrong - nice shading by the way!

Positives?

  • I used the negative space option to good effect when I needed to do
  • Still some work to do on tramlining but in certain drawings there is an improvement
  • Foreshortening is coming back to me!

Areas to improve?

  • Need to learn to include the entire figure on some examples some of it was missing!
  • Start to look at shading and use of tone - still very untidy and be aware of lines in places - too heavy