Sunday, 15 January 2017

life drawing 15th january

Here is 2 15 mins life drawings from this morning!

i did

5x2 mins
 4x5mins
2x15 mins
1x20 mins
1x40 mins

my most successful life drawings are usually around 5 - 15 mins. Anything under 5 mins and i'm very hit or miss. My brain just doesn't process that fast yet. And with longer poses in life drawing..the more i render the worse it can look. Somewhere along the way if it isn't going well i have the habit of approaching it half hearted.

for the longer 40 mins pose i left the newsprint and used vine charcoal on a rougher tooth paper. I didn't quite nail it but i'm going to keep practicing the technique. I'm hoping to see some improvements with the technique this year. I also need to improve hands. I do practice them but i cant translate it to well drawn hands in a life class. It will come!



 

Saturday, 14 January 2017

repost from st neots life drawing

Last week i made a new post over at st neots life drawing blog

 http://stneotslifedrawing.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/using-tablet-as-digital-sketchbook.html

i thought id post it here too.

i find that using a tablet can be of great help when it comes to studying and drawing off photo references of models. An alternative would be using tracing paper over a printed image. But a tablet can be more convenient and you can use it on your travels.

I use an app called Art Flow on a Samsung galaxy tab. Its a free app  but you can upgrade if you want to at a small cost.

I use it to bring in pictures of models and then draw on top or alongside to breakdown the gesture and structure of a figure. Trying to work out a particular set of problems that i can use to help me when drawing on paper. I also use it to study works of old masters that i saved from the internet and also to draw these ideas from memory. Think of using a tab as a digital sketchbook.

Here is some images i saved from my tablet using artflow. Model Reference images are from New Masters Academy. You can get an idea of the type of practice that is good to do daily. Even if its just 5 minutes a day. One day you may study head construction another day you may decide to study anatomy of the upper Arm or the hand. I find that slowly the information gets ingrained to memory and then that can be drawn upon in a life drawing class.



figure studies
master study of Steve Husons work


doing quick master studies.



leg and knee studies




torso studies


torso gestures


studies of individual body parts


arm anatomy studies


ways of breaking down the figure


anatomy over the figure


anatomy over master works








master composition studies


random page of studies


torso..arms up studies




Add caption






master color studiescolor studies


hand and finger studies


more notes


hands


individual feature studies












heads torsos


legs feet