Figure Drawing

I really enjoyed having the opportunity to experience figure drawing this semester. I had only done figure drawing once in my life before, so I was excited to expand my abilities in drawing the human form. I was never quite comfortable drawing, not usually using pencil or charcoal on paper to create. Figure drawing helped me push myself to draw this way, quickly and efficiently as the models’ poses changed frequently. I learned how to use value to form the shapes of a human body without necessarily outlining each piece. Over time, my drawings became more well-rounded and full as I developed a better sense of scale, line, value, texture, and composition. I enjoyed the formatting of figure drawing sessions, starting with lighter, quicker sketches and practices, then moving on to longer poses. I especially liked pausing halfway through a 40m sketch as I was able to come back to my drawing with a fresh pair of eyes to make changes and develop my work.

I found it interesting to learn to adapt to the different bodies that came into our class. If I was asked to draw a face from memory, I’d probably draw a face I am comfortable with and used to. When given new subjects each session, I had to observe, then draw, which forced me to acknowledge what the actual human in front of me looked like and how best to represent that on paper. Throughout the experience, I believe that I have improved in my abilities to sketch from a figure or something in real life. I feel much more confident in my abilities as an artist who previously felt uncomfortable to draw.

 

Session 1

Gesture Drawings

Longer Figure Drawings

 

Session 2

Gesture Drawings

Longer Figure Drawings

 

Session 3

Gesture Drawings

 

Longer Figure Drawing

Figure Drawing (40m, 9/25)

 

Session 4

Gesture Drawings

Longer Figure Drawings

 

Session 5

Gesture Drawings

Longer Figure Drawings

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