The Relational Human Figure: Working with the Figure Process
Figure Proportion Studies (hand & self portrait)
FIRST LIVE DRAWING (female model) 04/02/2019 – CHARCOAL :
SECOND LIVE DRAWING (female model) 04/04/2019- ACRYLIC PAINT :
THIRD LIVE DRAWING (male model) 04/9/2019 – ACRYLIC PAINT :
FORTH LIVE DRAWING (male model) 04/11/2019 – ACRYLIC PAINT :
FIFTH LIVE DRAWING (female model) 04/16/2019 – ACRYLIC PAINT :
SIXTH LIVE DRAWING (female model) 04/18/2019 – ACRYLIC PAINT :
I was very nervous when we first started working with the figure process, thinking I will do really bad in this section of the class. Since this is my first time doing live figure drawings/paintings, I feel like I lack talent in drawing figures, proportions and gestures from live models. I started very slow, ‘drawing what I thought looks right’ instead of referencing what was in front of me. On the contrary, I would focus on the little details of the drawing and skip the skeleton/gestures base of the drawing/painting.
With the amount of sessions we had on live figure drawing, I definitely feel like I have improved a lot, not just with my drawing skills but more importantly helped me with my confidence on drawing from live models. Going from different mediums (graphite to charcoal then paint) was a really good transitions in my opinion. I got to start with a medium I’m comfortable in, then move to challenging mediums and methods.
In our last sessions I wouldn’t really look at the paper anymore, but focused on the model, proportions and let the paint just flow by itself. I took more risks painting, and I became less concern if I mess up knowing I could paint over the mistake I made. An example would be my last long pose painting, on the first session I placed the gestures incorrectly which made the figure look out of place. I really wanted to start all over, however, I managed to fix it in the second session. This thought me a valuable lesson, to keep trying and not give up on the piece so quickly. Furthermore, this is another reason I enjoy painting with the longer poses, because it gives me more time to reflect and improve my piece.
Overall, this experience is something I will never forget, and will really help me in my future works.