I enjoyed this mornings Life Drawing class at Kuhu’s. My last class for a while as I’ll be away on holiday starting Friday. Of the 3 models who have posed for us recently, this one holds her poses well and has a lot of patience.
Today I laid down some proportions before adding detail to the face. I still haven’t managed to curb my enthusiasm for adding lines whilst not looking at the model or when she is away! I must say that I’m much better now than before : P I would’ve liked to have spent more time on this one.
I’m thinking of making a checklist to stick on my drawing board
- Decide on composition before starting
- Measure relative to one feature eg. eye, length of nose
- Place features relative to others
- Draw the negative spaces
- Squint before shading
Here’s a grid made in a 3 week marathon session of figure and portrait life drawing in college. This one shows the proportions to consider while drawing a portrait in profile. We drew the grids on our paper but had to mentally project them on the model and that took some getting used to! Eventually the measurements were to have become second nature to us and the need for drawing grids would disappear but the mental practice of measuring, dropping lines etc. would stay.
I need to study and practice it once more but then I think I’ll need to go back to college for the discipline that is required. Will add the ones showing the front of the face and one of the figure, to this post, when I locate them.
24″X36″ Pencil (my favourite Tombow Mono 6B) on creamy textured paper.