the return of my favorite model!
for this drawing i had two goals:
1. to draw slowly and attentively, especially wrt the most essential folds, and
2. to think about line weight while drawing.
i’m a huge admirer of andrew schick’s work, especially his mark-making, and so i wanted to do an exercise that asked me to be more conscious of what i was putting down on paper. i think the drawing itself’s still kind of pedestrian, but making it was definitely a great learning experience and a departure from my usual m.o. (fevered scribbling).
i also did this quick and crappy
preliminary pen sketch first, which i’m not in the habit of when it comes to life drawing but turned out being really helpful. i’m not good at eyeballing, so the process of making the sketch helped me figure out and rehearse forms, volumes, line placement, and proportions beforehand.
final lesson learned: don’t commit to eyes so early on, especially if you’re using a 4b carpenter pencil with poor eraseability. i tried my best to fix them but some mistakes you can only learn from
(8 min, 5 min)
tonight i went to figure drawing for the first time in like a month and geeeeez does it show
today’s model held this pose for 25 min, it was amazing++
these are probably the most interesting drawings i’ve done in the past month
don’t look at me
(youtube link; no embed, unfortunately)
i’ve been listening to a lot of swing/jazz/rhythmic music lately in the hopes of getting into an looser, more improvisational (though still structured) frame of mind when i draw, so this behind-the-scenes video of one of my favorite disney songs (“i wanna be like you”) was a delight to discover.
the best part starts at 1:23—i really like that the energy is more low-key (understated?) than it is frantic or even elastic (thinking of the “rhapsody in blue” segment (best i could find on youtube) from fantasia 2000), though it’s certainly playful, mischievous, and charming as heck.
see also “trust in me”, that song + that animation is disgusting and it’s fantastic
so i realized that trying to do a daily draw challenge was a stunningly bad idea in the face of art school applications, so that project died an ignoble death pretty early on. i might try to resurrect the meme in the coming months because it’d force me to try new (fun??) things, but it probably won’t be a daily venture—i suspect trying to learn perspective in one day would just give me hives.
on a more upbeat note, some recent gestures! i’ve been trying to edge away from my reliance on linework and standard figure construction, and these are the better of the results. tentative conclusion: it’s terrific fun stylistically but maybe not a great move anatomically? things to experiment with in my next figure drawing session.
i just received this handmade sketchbook in the mail from my dear friend eluneth and oh boy i have to tell you that this is seriously one of the most beautiful and thoughtful things i’ve ever owned. i’m usually overly precious with my sketchbooks yet here i’m already completely comfortable covering the pages with my awkward and disjointed scribbles—as someone completely neurotic about the art-making process, it really is the most liberating and terrific feeling.
LOOK AT THIS TALENT
<3 <3 <3 100% excited to FILL THIS SUCKER UP with my LOVE and HARD WORK
DDF2K13 + IMPROVEMENT HELL, DAY 03
3. Draw a figure that’s in action, using a reference - link to reference
(my reference images)
it occurred to me after finishing these that maybe i was supposed to do an actual figure in action, in which case gestures don’t really cut it. on the other hand, if i’d tried to do an actual figure then i couldn’t have watched as much person of interest as i did today.
i’ve never actually done action gestures before so here i followed the guidance of this gesture tutorial by alex woo. the results are pretty unpracticed, and i will be the first to confess to a hasty hand, but i had a lot of fun scribbling madly while trying to figure out why michael emerson’s voice oscillates so wildly between ‘robot’ and ‘sexy girl japanese singing robot’, which is to say ‘inhuman’ and ‘slightly less inhuman’.