35 min study

Posted Nov 26, 2017, 5:19:56 AM

Day 4 of my attempt at daily 45 minutes of drawing practice (I skipped the last two days to spend time with family for the Thanksgiving holiday smiley). 

A 35 minute figure drawing study in pencil. Image obtained from the figure drawing practice tool. Photograph is by Marcus J. Ranum

Today, I also started a perspective drawing lesson for 45 minutes. I'll likely post that when it's completed.

 

Any advice on how to make my forms feel more solid would be appreciated.

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  • Nov 29, 2017
    Her hair is nice, though I don't get what you mean by more solid. A couple things I do see is with the far side of her- her left leg is a little longer than her right- I'd suggest showing that it isn't parallel to the other- and her left hand doesn't connect quite right. The angle it's being held at is a bit unnatural.
    • Dec 8, 2017
      Ah thank you for pointing that out. I'll practice the legs and hands more
  • Nov 29, 2017
    Her hair is nice, though I don't get what you mean by more solid. A couple things I do see is with the far side of her- her left leg is a little longer than her right- I'd suggest showing that it isn't parallel to the other- and her left hand doesn't connect quite right. The angle it's being held at is a bit unnatural.
  • Dec 3, 2017
    Solid? Do you mean more 3D? My suggestion is to have deeper shadows, but it could be light due to scanning. Is that what you mean though?
    • Dec 8, 2017
      what i meant was feeling less "mushy" like there are actually bones holding up the figure.
      • Dec 24, 2017
        OK, I found the original image, and I think I know what is throwing the image off. I didn't study art at school (Although I've taken a lot of casual classes), but I feel like in the process of focusing on the bumps and folds, you've lost the base form of the figure. I feel like using longer curves to map out her shape will help fix that. That, and looking at your negative space. The over all shape looks right- I just feel like there was a lot of focus put on detailing in contour rather than in shading.

        I hope that helped ^^;
        Image attached
        • Dec 24, 2017
          Yes you're right. I think what happens is I get lazy when it comes to the shading. I don't want to take the time to do it. And I get sloppy. I also enjoy the contour portion because it seems the most interesting and in focusing on it too much, I lose the form.
          • Dec 24, 2017
            It may help using brown card, or shading behind the figure maybe? That way, it's less line dependent.
            • Dec 24, 2017
              You mean like using toned paper?
              • Dec 24, 2017
                Yeah- and using black and white to get highlights and shadows. It helps some people to work from a mid tone out. Forces you to focus on the whole range.