A Drawing A Day 0864

The following is a graphite drawing on paper,
42 x 30cm

Progress Shot 06

Adding details. As always the golden rule is to establish the large masses first and then worry about breaking them down into the smaller ones. Pretty much the only way (that I know) how not to get distracted by details and blunder around loosing the dominant shapes, rotation, thrust and inclination. Same applies to creating the illusion of light. I like to establish the lighting conditions of, say, the rib cage, visualising it as a cylinder as a whole. With practise, however, you will be doing also large to mid detail in one go as the form will have a clearly defined shape in your mind.
With all that in mind, I cannot say I like the right hand side figure’s hand. Clearly have gone onto the fingers and small masses before establishing all of the above. I am fairly happy with the modelling of the insertion of the deltoideus  ( figure on the right, left arm from our viewpoint) and the light on the pectoralis major next to it. ;–))

A Drawing A Day 0861

The following is a graphite drawing on paper,
42 x 30cm

Progress Shot 03

So, here’s the first state of trying to capture the light on the left figure. I am drawing a traditional lighting setup, single dominant light source coming from the upper left and a single reflected light coming from the bottom right. In this state I am trying to establish a kind of a mid–light. By which I mean it is a fairly diffused light (like on an overcast day), apart form a few exceptions around the neck and creases and cast shadows where two surfaces touch (the lower arm resting on the abdomen) there are no hard edges where the light meets the dark. So it is kind of soft without defined character. The advantage of establishing this mid–light in my experience is that it gives me choices. I can easily remove some of the darks if I choose to or increase highlights from this point on. And if I want to go for a more harsh, stark light, I just need to push the contrast value of the meeting place of the light and dark to get there. So, as I said, in my experience it is a safe first stage in developing light.

A Drawing A Day 0860

The following is a graphite drawing on paper,
42 x 30cm

Progress Shot 02

Ok, before I delve into the abyss of light I thought it would be good to see the same pose from 2 different angles and the play of light on them. I will attempt to make the light come from the same source so when one of the bodies is turned the light will hit different spots on it. So here is the second line drawing.

A Drawing A Day 0859

The following is a graphite drawing on paper,
42 x 30cm

Progress Shot 01

In the next few states of this drawing I intend to explore light. Or rather how certain rendering of light can contribute to the skin effect of the body. Below, so far I only prepared a line drawing not worrying too much about the light, although there are already some indications about the general direction where the light is coming from.

A Drawing A Day 0852

The following is a black chalk and pen and ink drawing on paper,
42 x 30cm

Progress Shot 04

Pen and ink is a wonderful tool to keep me in my “line thinking”. Apart from it being unforgiving – there is no erasing the mistakes – it is very well suited for anatomical studies. Allows to draw precise, descriptive landscapes of muscles and tendons all the way down to the muscle fibres. I also like using pen and ink for quick, few minutes long sketches such as the 2 at the bottom of the page.