Friday, September 28, 2012

More Fencing Life drawing

So in life drawing on Tuesday we had Doug, the fencing instructor again. This was another excellent session. And we had the added bonus of having Niall (the tutor) pose too!

For the session I also went to A2 paper. Forgot how much better it is working at that scale. Only problem was scanning it! However, upon scanning it I found some of the drawings really worked with this added cut-off. So I'm posting some of those too.

Used purely graphite sticks for drawing. Think it worked best in the previous session, so I wanted to use it again.

Kinda prefer this version - obviously in photoshop I erased the leg line

really happy with these 2 poses

happy with how the sword and the arm almost form one line

Here are the 2 min drawings.
think  this works equally well cut off like this

didnt try blocking with this one, happy with the line work in it.

the right arm is a little messier than i wanted, but i posted this cause I like the left arm

After the 2 min sessions we went to Multiple movement poses. Still struggling with how I want to have these on a single page. Usually they turn into a jumbled mess o' lines. This time I decided to let the blocking of the torso do most of the work and keep the line work to a minimum. These 2 turned out closer to what I want to do for this exercise. (the first atempt was horrid!)

this moves from right to left

Middle pose 1st. left pose 2nd, right pose 3rd

The last few drawings are from when Niall joined Doug in his fencing gear, so we would have 2 models. This was the first time I've ever had this in life drawing"classes", and I loved it.

think this works really well cropped

like this cropped version too

Monday, September 24, 2012

Fencing Life Drawing

So we had Fencing instructor in last session for life drawing. This was a brilliant class. The model himself had done life drawing classes and as a result we got some excellent posing. 

I started off as usual with some graphite drawings. I think these the most successful of the session, the speed of the graphite allowed for some translation of the poses' speed.
(as a bonus, the instructor himself felt I caught the poses right)

When drawing using the graphite, I blocked out the torso and then worked in the lines.
happy with the near knee here
The model liked this pose

 Probably my favorite of the graphite drawings

I then returned to the technique I used the previous session. Don't think it worked as well this time, the samurai costume suited it better I think. Still, some of it worked... think I got bogged down with drawing too much.
Here the elements on the right work better, the arm and leg. However  I then worked in too much on the torso.

The leg works well here. (had to go in and erase some stuff in the torso)

Instead of blocking out this time, tried just using the edge

Again the elements on the right are closer to what i wanted.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Life drawing - Aiki Jujitsu

So last week we had an Aiki Jujitsu model for life drawing. Think of it as a samurai.

It was a pretty great class. Had been a while since I'd drawn a model with cloths on and the costume he wore was great. (I joked with Pete that it was kinda like drawing a Jedi)

It was also the last class that Simon will be at and we sat together. Think it worked out really well for both of us, having someone beside you trying out some new approaches. Here's his blog

The first set are where I used graphite stick.

Tried out poster paint and instead of a brush, used card to paint with. Very happy with the results.

probably my favourite one