15 second Gestural Drawing using Charcoal

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Yesterday I was tasked to draw three gestural drawings per person that posed in the centre of the class. We had to draw the poses using charcoal drawing the basic shapes of the pose, avoiding drawing the skeleton or silhouette. The ticks and crosses on the page were done by someone else who looked through my drawings and ticked which drawings were good for character designs and which were not (cross).

Looking through my drawings I think that my drawings got better over the course of the session, as at the beginning of the lesson they look disproportionate whereas at the end of the lesson the drawings are more proportionate. Therefore I think that I should practise more of making quick and rough gestural drawings for poses, as I think I need to practise drawing poses with those proportionate features to make the drawings look more natural looking.

Drawing class #2

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This next lesson was to practise the shapes and positions of the spine for human characters. For this we sat on the floor in the class to get a different perspective of the pose to help see the bend in the spine. As you can see above I was tasked to draw the skull, hands, ribcage and pelvis to help me understand the bones in the body which are key to a pose. By using a soft graphite pencil 7B I was able to draw down the poses, however the first few images were done with 2 minutes to draw each pose which seemed like lots of time, But I think that the first two images were not very good because the spine looked to straight.

After Steve and Dan went over how the spine bends, I was able to get better understanding of how to draw the parts I had to draw, allowing me to get some more realistic drawings. We then had 1 minute to draw the pose, which I felt personally was my better  drawings because I considered more about the shapes and bend in the spine to look more exaggerated rather than being straight. In the later parts of the lesson we had to draw all of these things within 7 strokes with 25 seconds to draw all of them. As you can see I managed to get the majority of the parts with very rushed lines.

But I think the main struggle was drawing with single strokes as I draw lots of individual lines before getting to the final shape, so making single stokes on a page looked very odd and didn’t look a effective. However it allowed me to practise drawing in smaller amounts of time, giving me the chance to see the pose and draw at the same time, helping me to look at the pose more than at the page to draw everything that I could see in the time limit.

First Drawing class of Uni

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Getting back into the swing of things, I had my first drawing class of University, where I had to draw different poses of people, bu with a twist. In this particular lesson I had to draw only the head and hands at the start of the lesson to try and see if I could get the proportions right on the body and have a natural distance between the two. As you can see above many of mine had rather unnatural looking hands or the ¬†hands were too close or far away from what would have been the body. If I had time I would quickly sketch out some of the torsos to see where the hands would go in comparison. In the first part of the lesson I thought I’d go straight into using a soft material like Charcoal (charcoal pencils) but because I had not used them in a while I felt later on in the lesson i should go back to the soft 8b pencils to allow me to concentrate/ draw more of the pose.

As the lesson went on, they’re was an additional task of the lesson to draw the head, hands and the feet. So the majority of my drawings looked like Rayman, but some of my drawings where very disproportionate, being too small, as I am used to drawing the lines to get a rough guide to proportion the parts of the body. So not doing that presented some challenges for me when I drew out the poses. But this allowed me to see where I need to practise more in seeing the pose, so perhaps looking up more at the pose than at the page. Furthermore I had to position myself, but I had to have a large distance between my hands and feet, so I looked like a starfish, a typical pose but it kind of worked as Micheal was pointing a gun (finger pose) behind me so sort of looked effective.

The final part of the lesson was to draw the head and hands again, but this time we had to draw the arms connecting from the hands to the shoulders. As you an see in the slide show above mine ended up like a hunchback , but it showed me how I need to look more rather than going straight into the drawing, as I then realised that my proportions were slightly off.