Last year around this time I posted up Life Drawing pieces I was doing as I forced myself to go to model sessions at the college where I'm teaching to get the gesture and energy back into my work. I really appreciated the feedback and enthusiasm I received from the crew here.
I attended several sessions and they went well, all things considered. Then I got slammed with work and convention schedule stuff and stopped going by mid summer.
Here we go again, now with more determination.
I'm going to post 4-5 mini-digital-paintings in my livejournal each week and looking to attend Life Drawing once a week as well to get back into my personal art full bore.
Anyways, here's the best two pieces from last night's Life Drawing session... the first I've done in 13 months:
nice drawings for the time limit..good proportions ..i would be more careful with my line (economy of line)...would like to see some more finished drawings
Another Life Drawing day. The session went pretty well. Even just from last week's session to this one I can see myself getting warmed up a bit faster and getting a bit more energy into my poses. Here's hoping it translates into better illustration material later this week.
The 30 second gestures are hard to scan in since they're so whispy light on the page, so keep that in mind as you look at the darkened versions posted here.
Nice work, my recommendation would be focus more on flow and gesture, not so much on contour. I feel the over active contour is concealing a stiffness in the poses. Look more for the movement between forms not so much the movement along the parameter of the form.
The model tonight had an extremely slender pixie-like body and took wonderfully elegant poses but I had trouble translating them to the page. This gesture was the most effective one I pulled off and pleases me quite a bit. The other pics I brought home were competantly done but lacked energy or were far too whispy light to even scan properly, so they all go to the wayside.
I hope I get a chance to draw this model again so I can move past the initial challenge of her unique proportions and really bring forth the cool essence of her poses.
NIce stuff Zubby. Rally captured the gesture.
Yeah your gestures are pretty sweet. You make it look way too easy.
Pay closer attention to the way the masses of the body balance, I think this is what people mean when they say movement. For example http://www.makeshiftmiracle.com/Artw...6-06-06-03.jpg, with him standing on one leg I would expect the pelvis to shift, right leg side pelvis would be higher than the left. The shoulders would also compensate. Just think that when something is pushed it moves, the leg is pushing on the floor therefore it must also push up into the pelvis and beyond(there's probably some law of physics which describes that).
You did a good job of it here http://www.makeshiftmiracle.com/Artw...6-06-20-02.jpg. I assume it's because you prefered this model more, and were thereby able to empathize better, judging by what you wrote. Only other thing I'll warn you about is that putting concave lines on a figure robs it of some of it's solidity/mass and gives it to the negative space. Knowing this you can use it to advantage in your drawings. For example it would be useful when drawing a pixie-like woman, but it would be a bad choice for a large man. Purposely using concavities takes you into the realm of design and unfortunatly I can't tell you much about that. Looking at your drawings, I assume that's the direction you want to go, that sort of "calligraphic drawing". I don't know, just something to think about.
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