Random drawing I did today or just very recently relating to the free “Introduction To Drawing” and / or the Figure Drawing Course lectures. This may be just a post of a drawing itself, or with a short commentary (my preferred option), or even a video where I can also draw to clarify the points.
This is to encourage your drawing practices, to support and shorten your learning curve, and to invite you to post your artwork (in the “Student Work” category) where others can comment and everyone coming to the site and blog benefits. Happy Drawing!
The following is a graphite drawing on Simili Japon 225gsm paper 48cm x 32cm (18.9in x 12.5in), drawing time 25 minutes
It will help at the beginning, or even later when your intent is to study the nude to make the drawing of the human form transparent. A kind of see through. On the drawing below I started with positioning the head quite a bit higher. You can see by the extra lines on the top and back of the skull where the original position was. But it did not feel right. The fastest and easiest way (no point making this harder than it absolutely has to be) of finding a better feeling place for the head was to draw it disregarding the shoulder and the upper arm. This helped to judge how far would the shoulders rise above the rib cage in this pose. The neck is kind of wedged between the raised shoulders. X-ray vision is a good thing.
I did the same thing with finding the, pubis of the pelvis as this, in turn, would help to position the model’s left leg.
So I found the origin of the left leg and in the vein of what I talk about in the video on the Three Basic Rules, (yet again to make this experience as painless as possible) the first shape you put down on the paper will determine the position, size, rotation….of the next shape through their relationship (Rule Nr 3). So, if you draw the rib cage first, then the pelvis, then the head, you don’t want to stop and find, that while the head and pelvis work well together (belong to the same body in the same space) the rib cage is too small (or too large). Because then you have to go back and change the it. And if you don’t get it right, but you like it, then you need to change the other two to make it fit….. can you see the potential for a disaster?
When drawing the next geometric shape you have to be keenly aware of the size, shape and position in space of the shape before it. Have to constantly compare (relationships!) and, of course, the more shapes you have on the paper, the more information you have to keep in view not to go astray. Then you end up with a nice construction. Focusing on any detail before you have a body belonging to the space it is drawn in, having appropriate weight and attitude, will kill the process. You might end up with a nice detail, just not the body it should belong to. Okay, you get he picture.
So, I found the origin of the left leg easily because of the pubic bone of the pelvis (not drawn, only indicated) and now in order to make it work, I am watching all the attributes of the existing shapes and judging the perspective of the floor while recalling what the bones and muscles of the leg look like in this position, under this physical exercise.
All this sounds hard and complicated, but I do all this subconsciously, because I have been doing all of this for a little while. And so will you. In a little while. Just have to stick to the simple stuff you are able to hold in your attention for a bit. Like geometric shapes. ;–))
And a bit more shading.