Drawing loosely

Jane – 4

Finally loosened up

Date: 09/07/2018

Author: Iasonas Bakas

Time: 3h

 

Contents:

  • Step 1: Stepping on Object
  • Step 2: Pushing the Object
  • Step 3: Standing Pose
  • Step 4: Sitting Pose
  • Step 5: Long pose
  • Step 6: An extra one

 

Materials:

1. Charcoal Sticks
2. Kneadable Eraser
3. Measuring Needle, Pencil, Ruler or anything straight to measure proportions
4. A few blank sheets

What happened today?

This time I went to class about 10min late. This is enough for everyone to find their spots, to set up their easels and start drawing the first quick pose. This is the bit I missed; and I am so glad I missed it! The reason is I didn’t have time to set up my easel, I just sat down and immediately started drawing the quick pose loosely. This helped me a lot to avoid my usual “technical” sketches. I ll go through each on of the poses in detail below.

Step 1: Stepping on Object

The first pose (which was set up before I went to class) was quite interesting. The model (Jane) had her one knee bend on the object we were using last time. Her other leg was stretched, touching the floor. The interesting part of this pose was that the leg muscles were stretched and the models tummy and breast were hanging, offering some very well-defined shapes for us to draw. Another element that I found nice was the model’s hair, falling downwards covering part her of head and face. I worked on this one for about 3-5 min. (See the bottom right sketch of the following picture).

Step 2: Pushing the Object

The second short pose was again of interest for similar reasons as the previous one. Jane now was pretending to be pushing the object. To avoid sketching similar elements and perspective (and since I didn’t have an easel…) I just grabbed my drawing board and sat at another corner of the room. I found this one a bit trickier for some reason and that why I didn’t add too much detail. I am pleased though I managed to capture the flow of the lines and the general shape. (See the top figure of the picture above).

Step 3: Standing Pose

Main drive for this pose was to give Jane a small break. The previous poses were quite tiring for her so now our tutor chose something quite easy for the model. She was literally stood still looking straight and slightly upwards. I was sat at the same position. For me it was a good exercise looking at the model’s back. I think one of the next elements to study will be the spine and the shoulder blades. (See the bottom left sketch of the previous picture).

Step 4: Sitting Pose

The last short pose was a sitting one, not too different from the one we kept as a long pose. The model was literally just sat on the object. Her one hand was resting on her knee. The second arm, I couldn’t see at all. Here I think I sketched the head slightly too big, but again I was not too worried as these quick poses mainly served as a warm up for the long pose.

Step 5: Long pose

The model went back to last week’s long pose position. She was sat on the object with one foot touching the ground and the other one resting on the object. She had her hands “hugging” her knee.

As usually, I changed my position to give myself a chance to practice more with something new. This time I had a better view of the model’s side along with a relatively fine view of her back. I started sketching her back; took me some time to get the proportions right of the bits either side of the spine. The next element was her front leg and side. Once that was roughly sketched I tried to quickly sketch the front arm, before we went out for tea break.

After break, I roughly sketched the fingers and how they folded around the model’s knee. I spent some time sketching the second leg which I couldn’t quite understand as the other knee was in the way. Finally, I decided it was not worth spending ages getting the second leg absolutely perfect…I couldn’t see that well anyway.

I moved on adding tone. This step helped me avoid adding my contours (I added those recently). I managed to give volume to my sketch by adding shadows and tones. That was quite helpful to define planes and show what is in fornt of other bits.

The head is only roughly sketched just to complete the drawing.

Step 6: An extra one

I had ten minutes left before the end of the session. I knew that trying to improve my main drawing wouldn’t make much difference so I started a quick “dummy” sketch. I was inspired by our models pose for the bottom part of the body but then the upper structure literally emerged from my imagination. I d love being able to draw figures without looking at a model and I am so I happy I managed to this even the last few minutes of this session.

Brief Summary

Generally, a nice session. The biggest lesson learnt was that when you loosen up then this is translated into nice lines that flow on the paper. No attention to detail is required at that stage. Capturing the energy and movement of the model is enough! I hope you enjoy your painting and sketching!


The Artist says:

“It is so amazing when you start studying the human anatomy before you go to the next class. You gain an understanding of how things work together and then instead of just sketching individual shapes and planes you understand how the body structure works as a whole!”

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JANE – 2

25/06/2018

Last week unfortunately I had to skip my life drawing class and today it felt really awkward the first ten minutes; I thought I had forgotten to hold the charcoal stick! I was trying to refresh my memory as to how we draw the ribcage, what I had learnt about the skull and mainly how do we put all this together. Th bright side is that after a few wrong lines I slowly got up to speed again.

Our model today was Jane. Jane was the first model I ever sketched and this truly a good opportunity for me (and yourself if you wish!) to look back and see the progress I have made the past few months (see JANE).

As usually the model did three short poses. Finally, the class picked their favourite one as the long pose; we picked pose number three. Lets go through them one by one.

For the first pose Jane was sat on a table with her legs crossed. This pose gave me a good sight of her torso and breast. I tried to quickly sketch and remind myself the structure of the head and the Ribcage (and mainly how these affect the skin of the body). I am quite happy with this pose as we didn’t spend more than 7 minutes.

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For the second pose Jane stayed on the table however she turned her back towards my side. I spent less than five minutes sketching this pose as in the meanwhile I had a quick chat with my tutor. She pointed out that my lines should be less heavy and bold! I spent most of my time sketching the model’s left foot. Feet are always a challenge! Apparently, the model appears to wide here but as mentioned before, I am not too worried as this served mainly as a warm up for the longer pose.36176870_1244913152309111_163261482266525696_n.jpg

For the third pose Jane returned pretty much to her original position; main difference being that instead of crossing her legs she now had a stool to support her right leg, while the left one was touching the floor. I couldn’t see her right arm almost at all. As before, I had a good view of her torso and legs. In my first attempt (short pose) I didn’t make any effort to sketch the legs. I only focused on the upper structure. As you can see below (drawing on the left hand side) the sketch is quite technical – I tried to put together previous knowledge before starting the long pose.36283152_1244913288975764_902433458511413248_n.jpg

Finally, after a quick tea break (actually it was fizzy drinks and cheese snacks break…) we went back in class to start with our long pose. The class decided pose number 3 was the preferable one (and I totally agreed). This time I did spend time drawing the whole body, including legs and upper structure as well. I was lightly criticized by my tutor for being too technical and strict with my drawing but at this stage I would like to learn the structure and then allow myself to go crazy with colour and lines. I had the time to add some tone too to satisfy myself with a complete drawing.

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The Artist says:

28407451_1162363890564038_455176961_o“It is so amazing when you start studying the human anatomy before you go to the next class. You gain an understanding of how things work together and then instead of just sketching individual shapes and planes you understand how the body structure works as a whole!

 

 

 

Art is more fun when you meet the artists themselves! Visit THE ARTIST…

 

CHROMA

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JOANNA – 2

11/05/2018

This was the second Monday Joanna modeled for us. The session was quite interesting in terms of new knowledge. Once more, our tutor spent more time with myself and another guy who is a beginner; she taught us the proportions and structure of the skull. Recently we studied the ribcage (read: Human Anatomy 1 – The Ribcage) and now we were ready to build up on the structure above.

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We started sketching the top of the cranium trying to replicate the curvature. The tutor pointed out that the curve gets steeper at the rear side. Once the top was done we then carried on to sketch the rear side and the front side. We had to check the angle of the outline of the skull and finally close the shape at the bottom and middle of the cranium. It’s worth mentioning that this point is the “hole” for the ear!

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Once the cranium was in place we had to roughly sketch the front part of the skull; the area where all the facial features appear. For the sake of speed and understanding we sketched that as a simple tube. Also, extra care was needed for the eye sockets and nose but we will look at this more carefully in following sessions. I am aiming to study the skull myself in detail one of the following weeks.

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When we had a good grasp of the outline and volumes of the skull we moved on to sketch from life. So Joanna, being our model, offered some interesting angles and poses for us to sketch her head.

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We were asked to sketch her head as a simple orthogonal box. Just that. Give the orientation and the planes we could see. Then we had to elaborate and fit the cranium and face volumes within that box. We had to remember that the volume of the neck happens behind the “tube” of the face and under the volume of the cranium.

 


The Artist says:

28407451_1162363890564038_455176961_o“It is so amazing when you start studying the human anatomy before you go to the next class. You gain an understanding of how things work together and then instead of just sketching individual shapes and planes you understand how the body structure works as a whole!

 

 

 

Art is more fun when you meet the artists themselves! Visit THE ARTIST…

 

CHROMA

Love Sketching & Painting

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JOANNA – 1

04/06/2018

This Monday’s drawing session was very enjoyable! We had a new model, a middle aged yoga instructor, Joanna. Joanna had a thin but well shaped figure. During this class we did three different poses during which I put in practice my Human Anatomy – Ribcage studies.

The session started with a 5 min pose; the model was lying down, leaning against a low chair. This was literally a warm up exercise for me as I had not drawn from life for almost two weeks. You will notice that proportions and tone are not great. I was not too worried though as I knew it is just a quick introduction to the session.

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The second, was a sitting pose. I was sat behind and to the side of the model so I had a good view of her ribs and  side of  legs. In reality I could only see a very limited amount of her back as that was hidden by the chair. I didn’t bother sketching the chair. I focused on capturing right the pose of the body and the relationship of the head with the shoulders and back. I quite enjoyed sketching the cross leg. Again this pose lasted for less than 10 minutes so I was not too worried about detailing.

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The last pose was again a sitting one, however the model was now on the floor. The chair used previously was now just supporting her one arm leaving the rest of the body visible to detail. I had a brilliant view of her torso and her legs. I am  pleased I didn’t change my position during the break as with this pose I had the opportunity to properly sketch the ribcage and then develop the skin on top of that. Please notice the plane on top of which the head is based. See the connections of the collar bones to the shoulders and how the muscle extends to her breast. I am also quite happy with how the legs turned out. Although I appreciate the drawing is not perfect (ie not even touched tone) I am very satisfied that last week’s hard work studying the ribcage and the upper body structure assisted with this drawing here.

…notice the plane on top of which the head is based. See the connections of the collar bones to the shoulders…

 

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The Artist says:

28407451_1162363890564038_455176961_o“It is so amazing when you start studying the human anatomy before you go to the next class. You gain an understanding of how things work together and then instead of just sketching individual shapes and planes you understand how the body structure works as a whole!

 

 

 

Art is more fun when you meet the artists themselves! Visit THE ARTIST…

 

CHROMA

Love Sketching & Painting

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JULIAN 3

21/05/2018

As mentioned in the previous article (see Julian 2), I realised how important is to know what actually lies underneath the skin. Having a good understanding of the anatomy and the structure below the surface actually helps to make quicker, more accurate and eventually correct decisions when it comes to life drawing.


Read theory about Rib Cage here.


The previous session went relatively ok however, my tutor and I decided that this time I had to spend some time learning “theory”. Instead of rushing to catch up with the rest of the class drawing the models short poses, I had to observe and draw from a skeleton. My task was to draw the rib cage. No detail was needed really, just trying to be proportionally right. Apparently, the width and length of the ribcage were pretty similar so I ended up with a square.

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I picked up the middle bone which approximately reaches the middle of the rib cage and then tried to shape the outline of the rib cage. I also tried sketching from different angles and this is why you can see the small boxes in perspective. I tried to outline the “box” within which the rib cage would fit later. This is an amazing technique if the ribcage (and later the model) does not look directly at you.

…outline the “box” within which the rib cage would fit later.

Once I got a grasp of what the proportions should be and how the outline of the ribcage roughly is then I tried to understand what the structure of the ribs themselves is. It is fascinating how this slim elements actually form a nice “tube” where all the important organs of a human are protected. It is a very architectural form if you think about it! Once the outlines are in place and you have defined the connection points of the ribs (bottom of the bone in the middle and spine) then the 3D feel of the ribs is not difficult to achieve (my sketch of course is not even close to how the arrangement of the ribs actually is – that wasn’t my intention anyway).

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After spending the first half of the class training my eyes and hands to work together by observing and sketching the rib cage of the skeleton we had a brief break. After the tea break the model returned to his previous long pose (see Julian 2). I got a different seat (on purpose – to try a different angle). During the week I had read that it is very important to define where the joints are and this is what I did. I also tried to implement my new knowledge…you can see the rib cage below.

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30 mins before the end of the class our tutor had a quick look at my drawing. She acknowledged that the upper body structure is looking better and more structured than previously. We were of course not looking for a perfect drawing showing details or tone. Don’t forget that the aim of this class was to learn about the rib cage! Something she highlighted as a serious mistake is making very dark and bold lines. This is not a good method as does not allow you any flexibility to rectify your mistakes.

…a serious mistake is making very dark and bold lines.

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Enjoy the Bank Holiday!

 


The Artist says:

28407451_1162363890564038_455176961_o“Since I joined the life drawing classes, I have really developed a completely different way of looking at the objects around me. I try to spot the details and I try to understand how different elements of an object affect the proportions, the shape and the tone. Studying the human body is quite challenging but really rewarding!

 

 

 

Art is more fun when you meet the artists themselves! Visit THE ARTIST…

 

CHROMA

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JULIAN 2

14/05/2018

This time I decided to delay my article for a week to have a shorter gap until the next issue (the second part will be published tomorrow). The main reason being that they are kind of complementing each other. We had the same model as previous week, Julian . However, this life drawing session revealed a weakness in my drawing and in the second session we tried to improve that aspect working with my tutor.

Last week (14/05/2018) Julian, started as usual with a  short pose where his back muscles were stretched. He was just lying on the table looking the opposite direction from where I was sitting. This was a great angle if you wanted to observe the structure of the back. I didn’t spend too much time detailing as it was a quick pose anyway. Very roughly sketched the outline and a few basic lines and then I blocked in some tone to make it look slightly more complete.

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We then spent ages trying to set the second short pose. In fact we spent so much time trying to sort that out that eventually we decided that this could be the long pose. So we ended up with quite an interesting pose where the model was sat upright on the table with his legs bent. One of his arms was just hanging supporting its own self weight on the table. The other one though (which made the drawing more difficult for me in the next session) was resting on the man’s knee.

Everything was going relatively ok with no major frustration or any problems. However, when the drawing was finished, a quick evaluation from the tutor revealed major issues which I didn’t spot when drawing (I didn’t even realise I made mistakes…). The way the head was positioned on the shoulders and neck and the alignment and angle of the model’s torso was wrong. It might not be visible in the first instance however not being accurate causes this feeling of unnatural pose.

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the alignment and angle of the model’s torso was wrong…not being accurate causes this feeling of unnatural pose.

Not having enough time to start from scratch, I decided I would try to sketch the head only, this time in the correct angle. All the drawings included in this article show the correct head position. The head was tilted downwards with the chin resting almost between the shoulders. What I like about this sketch is the kind of free-ish charcoal marks.

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We decided that in the next session instead of following the rest of the class I would spend more time “studying” the rib cage and the upper body structure (which was genuinely very interesting!)


The Artist says:

28407451_1162363890564038_455176961_o“Since I joined the life drawing classes, I have really developed a completely different way of looking at the objects around me. I try to spot the details and I try to understand how different elements of an object affect the proportions, the shape and the tone. Studying the human body is quite challenging but really rewarding!

 

 

 

Art is more fun when you meet the artists themselves! Visit THE ARTIST…

 

CHROMA

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TESS – 3

23/04/2018

Today was Tessa’s last week (she might be back though later this year – see previous sessions with Tess here TESS and here TESS – 2). I admit I went to class quite late and thus i almost missed the first short pose. I manage to work for about 2minutes on that (third picture below). Although I knew I wouldn’t have enough time to do a proper drawing I challenged myself and joined the others as quickly as possible. I am quite happy with the result.

After this rush, there were 2 more short poses about 5 minutes each (first and second picture below). Here I had slightly more time to work the shape and add some indicative tones. This was a good warm up for the following long pose.

As usual the long pose was carefully set up by the tutor so people could continue their sketches from previous weeks. As I have done previously, I changed my position completely so I can practice sketching from a different angle. Today I got a seat looking at the models back which despite having less detail to sketch, it was really interesting. I learned about the different planes that a person’s back forms and how the light is being affected by these planes (last two photos below and cover photo).

I am quite happy with my sketches this time. I see there is loads to improve, however it was the first time my tutor complimented my work! She commented on the back’s planes and the light reflection on those but generally she was happy with my development. Really looking forward to next life drawing session next week!

…it was the first time my tutor complimented my work!

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28407451_1162363890564038_455176961_oThe Artist says:

“Since I joined the life drawing classes, I have really developed a completely different way of looking at the objects around me. I try to spot the details and I try to understand how different elements of an object affect the proportions, the shape and the tone. Studying the human body is quite challenging but really rewarding!

 

 

 

Art is more fun when you meet the artists themselves! Visit THE ARTIST…

 

CHROMA

Love Sketching & Painting

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TESS – 2

16/04/2018

So…this was the second Monday  drawing Tess; she will be with us for one more week. Again, our tutor introduced us to the main subject of study…that was muscles around the breast, the shoulders and the shoulder blades. As usually the model posed for 3-5min in different positions highlighting how these muscles stretch and contract.

Following a short tea break we got back to class for the long pose which we agreed last week. Although I didn’t manage to complete my drawing last week, I decided to change position so I had the chance to practice looking from a different angle. As you have probably understood already my aim is not to create a portfolio of complete drawings at this stage, but to practice my drawing skills.

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This week I was really pleased to reach even closer to a more complete result. I was happy to understand how the bones under and around the neck sit and how the muscles pull around the shoulders. Next week I ll focus even more on this (I ll be starting a new sketchpad anyway…you can see the lines from a previous quick sketch I had to erase as I ran out of paper…).

“…my aim is not to create a portfolio of complete drawings at this stage, but to practice my drawing skills.”

I understand there is plenty of work to be done  here, however in combination with practising on Busts I feel experience is building up.  If you have any feedback even at this very early stage I would be happy to hear!


28407451_1162363890564038_455176961_oThe Artist says:

“I recently decided to attend Life Drawing classes; all the work produced during these classes can be found in this collection.

The sketches here are not necessarily finalised pieces of work; this is not my intention anyway. This collection mainly aims to provide with a timeline showing how my work improves as I attend more and more classes. Hopefully, building up experience and skill will be reflected on the quality of my sketches.”

 

Art is more fun when you meet the artists themselves! Visit THE ARTIST…

 

CHROMA

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