I’m currently studying Creative Arts Today with the OCA and it is a theory based module so I’m missing painting and drawing. So that I don’t get too out of practice, today I started a Life Drawing course – two hours on a Wednesday for six weeks – and I I am going to set myself some objectives:
- work on achieving expressive, meaningful lines (avoid scribbling) and aim for nice fluid, flowing lines
- take Jim Unsworth’s advice and keep the history of the drawing – i.e. correct but don’t erase earlier lines as they give vitality
- use different weights of line
- use colour in interesting ways e.g. let it run over the edge
- experiment with different drawing materials … pencil, pen, ink, charcoal, Conté crayon, pastels
- experiment with different types of paper / background colour.
And if I put a few of my drawings on my blog each week I will be able to look back and see if I am making progress!
Week 1 – Model Sarah
Today the focus was on proportion and I’m happy that these sketches are reasonably accurate although it would be easier to judge if I had fitted the whole figure on the paper.
Week 2 in the bin! I arrived late and flustered and everything went down hill from there.
Week 3 – Rachel
I focused on line rather than tone this week. Rachel is a very long lanky model and I struggled with the proportions but I think they are just about right in these images.
Rachel again – in some lovely poses today.