Instead of the usual lineart we were now encouraged to experiment with using the soft faces of the conte charcoal to create a very soft looking representation of three dimensional curves.
Honestly, I was a gigantic idiot and forgot to date any of my work, so the accuracy of the chronological order of the remaining posts is a bit iffy, I’m reconstructing this from memory.
Anyway, this time we were using the chessboard platform to help us with perspective drawing and posing with multiple objects without the perspective getting all weird. The floating blocks/horizon line exercise was a little tricky to get the hang of, but after practicing I soon began to understand how perspective zooms and angles work.
This week we had to draw the female form, which didn’t feel like too much of a change. Just more C-curves. Though I did miss the crazy poses Robert would take to challenge us to draw the strange ways the human body can move.
Hands are a lot of fun, they’ve never been something I was good at but I did try. Hands are evil things to draw.
This week we were trying to apply our knowledge of basic shapes (that being cubes and spheres) to the human body to represent basic form. This basic form would then become the template on which to apply the cartoon character. This week we used Dirk the Daring and by god this was fun to do. His basic shapes are a half-circle for his torso and a tiny little cylindrical waist and rounded off with a pentagonal booty. He was surprisingly easy to draw onto Robert’s poses, I just need a little more practice and then it’ll look a little more professional.
Unfortunately some of my pages got damaged in the rain while waiting for a bus after uni. The smudges are unintentional.
We concentrated on using circles and lines to anchor points on a character’s face, this time using Winnie the Pooh who is apparently the easiest Disney character to draw (bullshit he’s bloody difficult)
The first image showing my attempts at using a sphere to create a face (and a cube to simulate a hat) was a nifty little exercise and one I think really helped me a lot in trying to get the proportions of Pooh’s face correct.Though drawing an identically sized sphere again and again was undeniably difficult, especially when we had to draw five frames of Pooh turning his head in-character and again but a sequence of facial expressions from happy to sad.
The homework we had for this week was to draw the inbetween of two separate poses of Robert with a big stick. The drawings on the far left and right of the page were the poses we observed first hand, the middle drawing was the one we had to imagine. This was a fun exercise if not challenging.
This was my first ever attempt at Life Drawing. It was rather daunting at first but after a while the atmosphere was a lot more comfortable and I as well as everyone else in the room felt at ease with drawing a man’s naked butt.
Some of these sketches I like better than others, though overall I think I surprised myself because I don’t pride myself in my drawings of humans at all. I can see an improvement from my first sketch to my final (decent) sketches (the 30 second sketches were really sketchy). Unfortunately I cannot for the life of me figure out how to re-organise these pictures so I can’t actually show everyone which pictures came first and which came later, but hopefully you’ll be able to see and work it out for yourself 🙂