I went armed today to my life drawing class with some of the exercises in the back of my mind. However I then re-read this exercise to realize that from my sketches I have been to quick to put the outlines of the figure in (often causing the proportions to be wrong). It is evident in some sketches but I need to work at building smaller marks first. I did however experiment with different ways of building structure, using structure lines and building shapes. This is my third life class,skills like looking at what I see is improving and I am finding negative space easier to identify. I am staring to build an understanding of the size of the head in relation to the hands, chest and feet. I will continue this exercise in my sketch book, marking out points of the figure first, keeping the marks looser, marking shapes and avoid drawing outlines. I want to do some research on structure lines and other tools to build proportion within the figure.
I managed to move to different positions around the room and experiment with charcoal. Unfortunately the class moved on to a different position before experimenting with another media to continue the exercise. I found with charcoal I wanted to be more expressive than with pencil and again smaller marks would have been more productive. I am very conscious of learning the technical skills of figure drawing and I am getting bored of using pencil and want to experiment with different media. I imagine Ink used to capture life drawing will be a challenging.
5 Minute A4 Sketches
10 Minute A2 Sketches