Life Drawing Workshop

I missed a life drawing class due to illness a couple of weeks back.  Instead, I have reworked some images from a full-day’s life drawing workshop made about a year ago, in order to enhance the colour and improve the scanned image.  I also wanted to begin working in colour, rather than the eternal graphite, which I tend to use in life drawing class.  In the drawings here, I had mainly used Inktense pencils and sepia lead. I added Derwent Artbars to produce areas of background colour. I was occasionally able to improve proportions and emphasise tone.  

I present them with brief comments about their strengths and weaknesses as I perceive them.

Seated woman (Inktense pencils and Artbar):

Proportions roughly correct.
Colours – particularly the model against the background.
The texture of the background.

Neck too long for head.
Bit too much tone on her furthest arm – it should at least be balanced by tone elsewhere.
Position of crossed legs is odd as is the position of (the model’s) left foot, which is not obviously placed on the ground.


Standing woman with arms behind her head:

Proportions of upper to lower body.
Overall outline of trunk, hips and legs.

Odd position of both arms and their relative proportion and perspective is incorrect.
The model’s left arm is foreshortened but this hasn’t been recreated satisfactorily in the drawing.
Feet not clearly drawn and too small.


Woman, standing sideways

Proportions generally OK – exceptions noted below.
Body appears balanced – centre of gravity OK.
Overall outline works, except possibly for the upper back – the line has been corrected but this isn’t obvious in the scanned image.
More attention than usual – for me – has been paid to drawing her hand.

Elbows possibly a bit high – should be at waist – difficult to judge in the drawing.
Her full-length arm should come a little further down her thigh.


Resting pose:

Overall proportions OK.
“S” shape of the body works – but are legs a bit too squashed?

Feet are too small
Not certain about angle of buttocks in relation to curve of the spine.


Resting woman:

Upper to lower body lengths seem approximately correct but difficult to judge die to slight foreshortening.
There is a sense of restfulness in the pose.
Use of tone is a bit rough and ready but it does convey three dimensions quite successfully in the model’s legs. The upper body in general is less successful.

Feet are much too small for body
Width of trunk seems too narrow for the model’s hips: drawn as a body of two halves!


Woman reclining on cushions

A sense of the model as a human being (not always apparent in my drawings so far…)
A sense of the direction of the light.
Coordination in the pose – the pose appears moderately relaxed.

Relative proportions of lower legs seems odd, possibly because one is actually foreshortened – the model’s right foot is positioned in front of the left and the leg – both upper and lower part –  is inclined towards the viewer at a shallower angle than the other one but something – tone? – is missing from which affects the experience of the viewer.


Lying woman, foreshortened pose:

Head and trunk are foreshortened, as is thigh of upper leg.
Alterations in tone are gradual producing a sense of the human form – although this is not uniform.

The model’s upper shoulder is a bit chunky, suggesting that her head has not been correctly placed, or perhaps the angle is incorrect (or both!)
The thigh of the lower leg appears too long, even allowing for the different angle of the upper one.


Woman seated on the ground:

The tone creates a sense of the human form
The pose is quite well proportioned, on the whole.
A sense of the person behind the pose.

The model’s shoulders appear too narrow, even allowing for a foreshortened angle.
The model is floating in space although with a clearer line in the background, she would appear balanced in the pose.
The line and colour is too soft – the drawing lacks definition.


To work on:
1. Accurate foreshortening.
2. More definition in my drawings- use of colour and line needs to be more confident.


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