Perspective – Try a different angle

Try a different angle

Simple shapes in perspective

Date: 18/07/2018

Author: CHROMA

Time: 1.5h

Why would you read this article?

If you wish you could draw realistically then the first step you should make is learn the basics of perspective. Start with very simple shapes – a cube and a cylinder are a good starting point. Perspective, when broken down to simple steps is genuinely very easy. This tutorial will show you how to draw your first simple shapes; then it’s up to you to practice and experiment with more complicated objects.

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JULIAN – 1

30/04/2018

Today the session was different to the previous ones. First of all we had a male model which I had never drawn before. But the main difference was the content of the session itself. Our tutor organised for us two exercises.

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The class started setting up the model…behind a screen! We couldn’t see him at all. We were only allowed to quickly go behind the screen and take a brief look and then run back to our easels and sketch. We were allowed to go back and forth as many times as we wanted however we couldn’t take our sketch pads with us.

Aim of this exercise was to improve our observational skills and our memory. A good understanding of the human body structure was very helpful as by picking up some information then you could build up and complete your drawing. Most of the students struggled (including myself). I managed to make the following drawing which did not please me at all. I acknowledge that this was a very useful exercise; very frustrating though!

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Following this first challenge our tutor had prepared another task for us (and the model…). The students were sat in a circle leaving a small “corridor” empty in the middle of the class. The model had to walk slowly up and down the class making a small stop in the middle taking a pose for a few seconds. We had to capture the movement in our drawings. Purpose of this exercise was to create quick lines with flow instead of completed sketches.

A second wave of frustration hit me as I managed to quickly draw different poses along the way however I completely missed the element of movement. Again I understand the value and use of this exercise but I think it needs loads of practice to actually capture the flow and the movement!

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Finally, the tutor set up a long pose which lasted for about an hour. The model, who was a tall muscular middle aged man, was holding a spear with both hands. This led his muscles to stretch and his torso to take a very sculptural form. The pose was not particularly easy as from my position the neck was hidden – i couldn’t understand how the head sits on the shoulders. I had to scrap my first drawing before I actually managed to form the correct figure.

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The 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!

 

 

 

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CHROMA

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Alexander The Great

Ancient Greeks – Portraits

This is a bust of Alexander The Great! I decided to start drawing this one because it looked a bit simpler and also because it is one of my dad’s favourite historical figures. The main lesson I got from this one is that even if the charcoal produces beautiful contrasts with the white paper…you still need to be careful not to overdo it. I believe I used more charcoal than necessary resulting in a “smudged” tone in some areas! A mistake to be avoided!

You can see that although the final result is quite impressive thanks to the strong contrast between the dark charcoal and white paper, in reality the drawing starts in a very basic format. You must focus on getting the basic proportions correct. This is the first step. Then you can build up adding tone and details. But remember…the most detailed drawing…will just look bad if the basic proportions are not right! Spend some time in the beginning to get that foundation correct!

This ties in brilliantly with my Life Drawing classes. See sketches from the weekly life drawing classes I joined recently here:

LIFE DRAWING

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THE ARTIST…

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“Busts is a collection of charcoal drawings which represents my first steps in the world of life drawing and drawing of human figures and faces in general. In these first drawings I am just trying to put in practice the theory that I read in sketching books or the instructions that our tutor gives during our life drawing classes. Hopefully, as I progress and practice more, the quality of my drawings will be improving with more confident lines and more powerful tone contrasts.”

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BUST – 1

This is my first ever attempt to draw a bust. When I was a student a few years ago, taking free hand and architectural drawing classes I was always jealous of one thing! I was jealous of my classmates who were preparing for the Fine Arts School exams.

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They had to train sketching busts. All shorts of Ancient Greek philosophers, poets and politicians were standing there on  the selves ready to be drawn! It was so amazingly impressive how the students used to use charcoal and within minutes their white paper would turn into the face of a philosopher. The contrast between heavy black and plain light describing the sculptures’ surfaces would just amaze me. I wanted to be able to do this….and here I am! Starting with this first bust…not quite sure who this is but definitely a good start!

 

This ties in brilliantly with my Life Drawing classes. See sketches from the weekly life drawing classes I joined recently here:

LIFE DRAWING

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LIFE DRAWING


 

 

THE ARTIST…

28407451_1162363890564038_455176961_o“Busts is a collection of charcoal drawings which represents my first steps in the world of life drawing and drawing of human figures and faces in general. In these first drawings I am just trying to put in practice the theory that I read in sketching books or the instructions that our tutor gives during our life drawing classes. Hopefully, as I progress and practice more, the quality of my drawings will be improving with more confident lines and more powerful tone contrasts.”

Art is more fun when you meet the artists themselves. Meet the man behind the  scenes. Visit THE ARTIST… 

 

Love Sketching and Painting

CHROMA

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TESS

09/04/2018

After three long weeks of no drawing classes due to the Easter break, yesterday evening we gathered again at the Bath Artists Studios for another very fruitful session…with a new model this time!

Yesterday we had the chance to draw Tess, a young girl of medium height and with a well weighted body. Our tutor highlighted that the main focus during that session should be on the shape of the muscles when they stretch or they contract. The tutor asked Tess to do 3 short poses (about 5mins each) where she would either stretch her arms upwards or bend to the front so her back muscles have a more sculpted shape.

For the long pose the model was sat on a stool on a table. I had a very interesting position as this time my horizon (eyes level – read more here) was lower than my subject. Also, the crossed legs of the pose were a challenge for me, especially considering that the foreshortening of the front leg distorted slightly the proportions (see bottom photograph).


…the foreshortening of the front leg distorted slightly the proportions…


Unfortunately,  i didn’t have the time to complete the shape of the head or the tones in that area. However this should not be a problem as we will have the same model for the next two weeks. I managed to add tone to the body and that is a personal success as have recently struggled to complete a drawing within the time available during class. I am really looking forward to challenging myself the next weeks adding more detail to my work!

See work from previous sessions: LIFE DRAWING

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28407451_1162363890564038_455176961_oThe Artist says:

“The life drawing classes I joined recently are getting on fine. It takes a lot of effort and practice but i believe that my hard work is being rewarded with slightly better shaped figures and added tone. Also, I have learned to use charcoal more effectively now and I think I wouldn’t go back to use of pencil for a larger scale drawing. Let’s see where this drawing trip takes us…

 

 

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