I enjoyed doing these sketches. Possibly because I was using charcoal which is a very forgiving medium. These were quick 5 minute sketches on A3 paper but the charcoal allowed me to draw line and tone more quickly than pencil in the previous exercise. The blurring of the charcoal gives a feeling of movement to a pose which was actually static.
I’m not sure I entirely got the hang of this exercise which was to draw a line showing the centre of gravity of a figure while doing quick sketches. One to work on further maybe!
This exercise looked at tonal values. Each pose was 10 minutes long. I found it difficult to do this exercise in the life drawing sessions I attend as the lighting isn’t great for strong tonal contrasts. I decided to try the Croquis Cafe on YouTube.
I found it hard to get the level of tonal depth I saw in the time frame of a 10 minute pose. I moved from pencil to drawing pen then to oiled charcoal which gave me the dark tones I wanted. I developed a curvier shading style which helped convey the shape of the body. For some of the drawings I used pre-prepared pages painted with white emulsion with some pastel or pencil underdrawing. This created some interesting effects. I especially liked the combination of oiled charcoal and sgraffitto in fig. 4 and also the subtle tinted background in fig. 3. The emulsion seemed to work better with ink and oiled charcoal than pencil.
I think figures 3 & 4 best convey a sense of the pose while also looking at form through tone. Fig. 2 captures the proportions but doesn’t have quite enough tonal contrast.
During the drawing sessions I felt frustrated that I often ended up with a small drawing on a large page and made an effort to draw large. I do find the small figure marooned on the page in Fig. 5 & 7 gives a feeling of vulnerability which is interesting.
This exercise required looking at a seated model to see where the body twisted and whether there is foreshortening. Again I was quite careful in measuring the pose with a pencil and looking carefully at angles from the vertical and horizontal. I drew in a rough line of axis which I think is fairly correct and observed the foreshortening in the hand/arm and foot.