Project Three – Exercise 2: Essential elements

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)

Stefan513593 - project 3 - exercise 2 - #1-4

Stefan513593 – project 3 – exercise 2 – #1-4

For the next two I changed from graphite to charcoal as a more tonal and expressive medium.

Stefan513593 - project 3 - exercise 2 - #5-6

Stefan513593 – project 3 – exercise 2 – #5-6

… and back to graphite for another model:

Stefan513593 - project 3 - exercise 2 - #7-10

Stefan513593 – project 3 – exercise 2 – #7-10

  • 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.

Next time:
– Trying to work only with shadow shapes to create form

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