This time draw a sequence of six different poses lasting ten minutes each. Emphasising the threedimensional form. For this I worked in my A3 sketchbook (finding this sketchbook format more suitable for 5-10 min sketches or studies)
For the next two I changed from graphite to charcoal as a more tonal and expressive medium.
… and back to graphite for another model:
- Were you able to maintain a focus on proportion at the same time as creating a
sense of weight and three-dimensional form?
=> It was hard at the beginning for me to work immediately on tone without putting some key measure on the paper. Therefore I put a vertical central axis (as it is supposed in the next exercise) as a guiding line. By that and some line indications I could work more effectively on creating weight and building the form.
- Which drawing gives the best sense of the pose and why?
=> I find that those poses with various sight lines and axis are more interesting. Where I used the negative space as a dark/light contrast (#2,3, and 6) the figure gets more visual depth.
- Was there any movement or gesture away from the model’s central axis? If so did
you manage to identify this and put it into your drawing?
=> Identifying the middle axis and some perspective sight lines helped to depict better the form of the figure (learnings form Ex. 1). With more practice this already went into a habit while observing the model.
- Time limitations are helpful to focus on major shapes and tones.
- Measuring the main proportions and indication those on the paper helps to work more fluently on tone afterwards. However, by that went at times a bit too much into details (finding the balance – I think this comes with more practice)
- Focusing on major shapes and there spacial orientation will turn eventually into a believable figure.
– Trying to work only with shadow shapes to create form