This week I continued figure drawing with an intention to move towards learning to draw from through construction.
After doing some basic figure drawing, I did some blocky figure drawing where I was focusing on getting angles and proportions of the figures more accurately. I liked doing these because they give the figure a sort of stylized feel to them. After a while I decided to move on to drawing the skeleton.
I started Figure Drawing for All It’s Worth by Andrew Loomis as a guide for learning about proportions of the human figure and how to draw a skeleton to build on.
What struck me almost immediately is how big of a jump in difficulty this is from life drawing. It amplifies how aware you need to be of things like perspective, anatomy, proportion, composition, lighting, visual language, etc. On top of that you need to be aware of how to connect those things.
I decided to ease into the topic by doing life drawing but trying to see and draw the skeleton first. Afterwards I’d go back and draw over it to sort of check how well I did.
That approach seemed to work out. I found I was still having some proportion issues especially with the torso between the ribs and pelvis. I also noticed a tendency to get the angles of the limbs wrong.
Near the end of the week I was looking for a break from figure drawing so I decided mess around with some abstract art in ballpoint. I got this book called The Art of Ballpoint which shows a bunch of really awesome ballpoint artists and gives some exercises to try so I started a notebook dedicated to experimenting with ballpoint.
While that’s fun and I’ll continue it next week, I also just felt like destroying some paper so I blasted through the rest of a newsprint pad using charcoal sticks, this graphite stick, and a conte crayon. Working in the notebooks has kept my arm pretty still and I just wanted to get into some big active drawing.
As part of that I did a little life drawing which was fun at such a large scale but I need some work. I’ll definitely come back to that.