Life Drawing Session 4 – Sculptural and Fluid

I was caught on the hop on this session – not that I minded.  I was expecting to do quick one minuters – I was a fraction late – not in a great mood either and just on the cusp of the first pose.  I wanted to repeat the exercise I did last session by overlaying poses with different colours for each one.  Turned out all the poses were 15 minutes a piece. We had two female models alternating between them.

The colour pencils were very sympathetic and gave good tonal variation.

Undaunted I pursued with my colour pencil – these pencils – WH Smiths cheap and cheerfuls were surprisingly good.  I felt like I was drawing with Conte crayon or chalk…  The colour pencils were very sympathetic and gave good tonal variation.  This was my first longish pose without using graphite 2B pencil.  To be honest I felt a bit guilty because though a 2B pencil may not be quite as sympathetic or look as ‘pretty’ I still didn’t think I deserved to use such a giving medium as these colour pencils were.  I was also concerned I might slip into bad habits again – tram lining being the chief one.

 

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Colour pencil on paper – 15 Minutes

Though I was enjoying the freedom and the seductiveness of the colour pencils I was acutely aware I had some more work to do on foreshortening – it’s getting there but, note to self, specific exercises are needed.

I still didn’t think I deserved to use such a giving medium as these colour pencils were

Colour pencil on paper
Colour pencil on paper – 15 Minutes

I was particularly pleased with the green standing nude (above) because without consciously thinking  about it I have understood the sense of perspective and depth needed.  What this demonstrated to me was that the exercises I was doing during the week were starting to pay off.  It is becoming second nature again.

Reclining nude - Colour pencil on paper, 15 Minutes
Reclining nude – Colour pencil on paper, 15 Minutes

This is probably one of my favorites from this session simple because of the dynamics of the form – very sculptural and fluid.  It reminds me of Art Deco design – much of which is based on the nude form.

What this demonstrated to me was that the exercises I was doing during the week were starting to pay off.  It is becoming second nature again.

2B Pencil on Paper - 15 Minutes
2B Pencil on Paper – 15 Minutes

So… back to graphite – after my indulgence with the colour pencils for the first three poses this was going to be a real test.  Would I be tram-lining and scratching the hell out of it? To my surprise – no!  Whilst I was frustrated by not scaling the pose to the paper what did please me was the use of line – gone were the tramlines!  The only reason I can give for this is that I had the freedom and looseness of the colour pencils to start the session – this gave me freedom to get my eye in.   When I compare this drawing to the first two life drawing sessions in particular the improvement in line at least is clear to see.

2B Pencil on paper - 10 Minutes
Squat form – 2B Pencil on paper – 10 Minutes

The final pose was a squat form – again very sculptural. The use of line is strong – tram lines being replaced with certainty.  What I am looking forward to doing in a month or so is to experiment with pen and even better – Indian ink and a stick. You get a controlled unpredictability with a stick and it really does give you an honest appraisal of the confidence and progress of your drawing.

…after my indulgence with the colour pencils for the first three poses this was going to be a real test.

Positives

  • My use of line is much improved
  • It was good to use other media such as the softer chalk like colour pencils
  • Moving around the model – changing position for each pose is a good move – move more!

Bits to work on

  • Foreshortening needs more work – though perspective is much improved
  • Looking forward to a longer pose next week – 90 mins!!  This will allow me to focus on other aspects such as hands and feet

November 7, 2016

Posted In: Life Drawing