Friday, June 04, 2010

Figurative Drawing

Sorry for the lack of updates lately, as many of you already know I've been very busy with my summer courses at OCAD. My first course in Figurative Drawing just finished this week and I'll be starting my digital composition course next week for another 3 weeks. I really enjoyed my Figurative Drawing course-- I feel my drawing abilities have greatly improved, as well as my seeing and overall technique. The course has also reignited my enjoyment of sketching people and places and has also helped with getting me to draw faster, as you never know when your unsuspecting bystander model will suddenly walk off (I think in protest to being drawn! ;).

I'd like to share with you now some of my drawings from the course. I've put them in chronological order in order to document my progress which I think is very apparent from my first and final pieces.

I wasn't very adept at using charcoal for shading at first,
resulting in this overly darkened drawing.

This particular model had a terrible time of
keeping his eyes open as he was falling in
and out of a doze. I ultimately had to make a
decision about his eyes which unfortunately
resulted in his looking a little dopey.

After an entire day of drawing from this
particular model I finally got around to
capturing his actual likeness, much to the
pleasure of my teacher who was particularly
fond of this one.

This drawing was done last week and took 4 hours,
as a kind of preparation for our final 6 hours pose
the following week. I had a very difficult time
trying to make my models not look "dead".

This was my final project for the course. Sorry for
the graininess-- this photo was taken in poor lighting
and in closed-in quarters which didn't allow me much
room for stepping back and capturing the entire size
of this 4x6' panel (!)-- the largest I've ever worked to
date. We had to prime our surface with 2 coats of
gesso prior to the class and also coat the entire surface
with a watered down acrylic ground. I laid down a
wash of ultramarine blue and raw umber which worked
out very well for me as the placement of the colours
corresponded well with the pose we were given. I used
white conte to lighten the model's flesh. Our instructor
had laid out some random objects, including a fake
Canadian goose which I later realised was haply positioned
at quite the strategic point, none of which was done intentionally
but worked out to subtle comedic effect.

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