May 20, 2014

Figure Drawing Take 2 (with Illustrations)

I went back to figure drawing.  It's still awesome!  This time I got permission from the model to share drawings.  Also, and this is the exciting part...

I'm going to pose!  Naked.  For the figure drawing class.


And no, there will be no pictures.  This is something that has been on and off my bucket list as I mentally wavered.  After seeing the class and how respectfully everyone treats the model, I started to think, "Yeah, I'll definitely do this some day."  Then the instructor mentioned that the usual model will be gone for the July studio, and would anyone like to take her place?  We all giggled and then someone pointed at me.  I paused, surprising myself with my hesitation, before acquiescing to the organizer's excited prompting.

The fact that I'm feeling a little nervous about it is, in my mind, an even better reason to do it.  I've mentioned before (maybe?) that I think it's important to do things you're afraid of, and this is one of them!  Plus there's all kinds of implications with being totally confident and accepting of my body, and all that other good, self actualization stuff.

Here's some of my drawings from the last 2 classes.  Oh, and disclaimer, yes these are of a naked woman, so please don't browse while you're working, etc, etc.

Typically we start with 30 seconds and you're just focused on getting rough outlines.

Figure drawing 30 second sketches | Business, Life & Design

Figure drawing 30 second sketches | Business, Life & Design

Then slightly longer poses, like 5 minutes, and you can start getting some shading.

Figure drawing 5 minute sketches | Business, Life & Design

Figure drawing 5 minute sketches | Business, Life & Design

Figure drawing 5 minute sketches | Business, Life & Design

And then the 20 minute poses, which should be enough time to do the whole thing, but I start getting really focused on the lines and having an accurate outline first, and then I run out of time.

Figure drawing 20 minute sketches | Business, Life & Design

Figure drawing 20 minute sketches | Business, Life & Design

This last one was my favorite, but I didn't even get close to having enough time to finish.  But it was gonna be good!  After only 2 sessions, I can see some of my proportions improving.  Typically my people drawings have wide shoulders and neanderthal-y arms and torsos.

What's something you've always wanted to do?