Project Five – Exercise 4: Statues

Statues: I found some (traditional and modern sculptures) along the waterfront and in some small parks. I cannot say a lot about those, although I felt attracted by certain qualities and surface properties.

My first sketches done in pencil, studying part of the statue ..

Stefan513593  - project 5 - exercise 4 - #1

Stefan513593 – project 5 – exercise 4 – #1

.. in more distance observed in a private garden (behind the fence).

Stefan513593  - project 5 - exercise 4 - #2

Stefan513593 – project 5 – exercise 4 – #2

Walking further I found an interesting modern wood sculpture with pretty expressive carving marks on it. I went for charcoal on this one, depicting the uniqueness of the marks. Then I fund a bronze statue with an interesting interplay of light and shadow. I chose to draw only the upper part of the statue.

Stefan513593  - project 5 - exercise 4 - #3

Stefan513593 – project 5 – exercise 4 – #3

For the next drawings I decide to go a bit further and include also my own feelings while observing the statues. The next one was a sculpture on a small fountain in a garden, a boy who wants to play and  – I assume his sister  – trying to move on. This reminded me to my own early childhood when my elder sister was with me to watch out for me. I found quite some joy in looking at this sculpture and let my marks mirroring my mood – with some expressive marks in the negative space. This reminded me back to the first exercise in part 1 or this course.

Stefan513593  - project 5 - exercise 4 - #4

Stefan513593 – project 5 – exercise 4 – #4

Then I found in front of a cultural center those modern sculptures. Here I chose ink and brush to depict the metal texture of and the light/shadow interplay. I added in the negative space some marks to emphasize the agility of the sculptures.

Stefan513593  - project 5 - exercise 4 - #5

Stefan513593 – project 5 – exercise 4 – #5

 

I really enjoyed this exercise as I found myself in good mood to experiment a bit more than doing a pure copy of the statues/sculptures.  I can see that with this exercise the course moves on to the human figure. I am already looking forward.

to be continued…

Learnings:

  • Statues and sculpture are a great subject to apply my drawing skills and with additional expressive marks to mirror my mood and feelings.

Next time:
– I will take statue drawing into my sketchbook routine for practice and experimentation.

 

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