21 September 2009
Figure Drawings - Part 2
Here are the last few figure drawings from this term. I learned a lot the past 10 weeks from Jeff Watts in the long-pose figure drawing class, and from Ben Young in the 20-minute figure lay-in class. Quicksketch and long pose classes are a very effective learning combination, highly recommended. A quicker lay-in leaves more time for the finish.
This term I realized the importance of hands to a figure drawing or portrait. Hands add an energizing secondary focal point, and can be as expressive as the face. No need to perfectly render them, in fact less detail is more interesting. But the figurative artist needs to be able to draw/paint them well....I also observed how diagonals energize the pose by creating long dynamic lines. I saw lots of poses in my figure lay-in class, and the diagonal poses were always more appealing than the verticals or horizontals. The diagonal can appear in the figure itself or the cast shadow patterns. Simple but worth mentioning.
On another topic...An instructor at Watts, Stan Prokopenko, also blogs and recently posted a chronicle of his artistic development from beginning art student to instructor-level artist, over a 7-year period at Watts. It's a worthwhile post if you're curious about what one can expect with time and effort in this sort of learning environment. A sort of art student "before" and "after". Look around his blog while you're there, lots of good how-to and technical content.
Final note: The images above were drawn in 2 hours with a Conte Pierre Noire 1710 B charcoal pencil on 24 x 18 smooth newsprint. Jeff worked up the leg in the first image and the upper left leg in the third image.