Having explored different drawing techniques including ink and bamboo dipping pen and quill pen, I decided to draw Felicity in charcoal, with the aid of a putty rubber to soften and break up the lines and give some texture.
I still feel this is quite a controlled drawing and it is not as fluid and free as it might be. The pose itself is rather and defiantly upright and no matter which techniques I tried (and I tried many), I still could not bring a looseness to this picture. Unfortunately I did not have the opportunity to get my niece Felicity to pose for me again so I had to work from a photo).
My exploratory drawing below was a little more free and the textural marks from the charcoal and putty rubber made more impact. I felt I had to moderate these a little when applying to the whole figure in order to avoid going over the top.
While there are faults, this is a considerably more characterful drawing than my initial picture for this assignment so I’m pleased to have given it another go. I realised that my earlier drawing was ‘out’ in some crucial places; the relationship of the shoulder to the chin was’t quite right and the hands and feet were a little small. I’ve attempted to rectify these issues.
This has been a good learning experience and I’ve particularly enjoyed experimenting with charcoal which I now feel much more comfortable with and enthusiastic about. There are lessons for me to in terms of setting up a model, maybe a little more slouch next time.
In his tutor feedback Jim Unsworth suggested I should have another go at the line and shape assignment because my first attempt was weak. I wholeheartedly agree. I had some misgivings when I submitted it.
I decided to start by exploring different ways to draw Felicity in order to create a picture that is more alive and fluid, having “designed all the life from” the original piece.
These are my initial drawings… I decided to work with Felicity in the same seated pose, rather than start again with a different pose so that I could find out what I could achieve with some alternative techniques.