I’m not much cop at drawing clothes, and considering I do lifedrawing quite often, I’ve neglected to spend equal focus on clothed models. How to approximate/simplify how material folds (depending on location and fabric) is something I need to work towards, otherwise it’s just a messy chicken scratch and the sense of form is lost.
Here’s a couple of 10 min sketches I did at a studio drawing session this week.
Last night’s class was disorientating for a few reasons.
* The first pose was a 20 minute moving pose, hence the overlapping figures in the first 4 images. Challenging, and a long time since I’ve done something like that. It’s not quite Nude Descending a Staircase but I guess it is Futuristic.
* Using pastels and pastel paper. Ermergerd. It felt like I was using a brick to draw on gravel! I’m just not used to the format so I was rather hamfisted at it. I didn’t use them through the entire session, just for two of the 5 minute poses and both the 10 minute poses. I need to spend more time figuring out how to work this particular medium. I might go to a larger paper than I was working with (A4) until I can get a better grip on using them. I can see a potential for working more with lighting and tone rather than line, so that’ll be good experience for me.
* Had a glass of champagne cos it was the last class for the year. Like it’s not already hard enough for me to control my drawing hand!
* Using the pastels slowed me down a lot, so when it came to the 20 minute pose and I went back to the charcoal pencil, I got a lot less done of the figure than I should’ve.
The last image is pretty ho-hum, but I was faced with not much tonal variation on the form so thought I’d try something a bit different. I don’t think I allowed the brown of the paper to come through enough on the figure. I’m trying to branch out a little instead of sticking to charcoal and paper, so gotta start somewhere!
I’d like to make a concerted effort on attending classes over the Xmas break since there’s a salon being held that has two sessions a day, as well as two sessions on Australia Day with 6 models! Which reminds me, I better get my finger out and do a TF2 picture for Australia Day.