Part 4: Project 4, Exercise 1- The structure of the human body


Ref: (the Reilly method of Head drawing) of proportion (Durer)


Part 4 :Project 3, Exercise 4 Energy

I was unsure how to approach this exercise so I started taking a series of photo stills of my daughter jumping off the bed. After drawing some sweeping colours on my support I then used a charcoal stick to sketch the images – it resulted in a dynamic picture although the forms are rather naive. The second drawing is on a gesso support with oil pastel to outline the pose. I experimented with curved lines in the background to add a sense of movement.


Neither of these really worked for me, so this time I used ink with a brush and a dip pen. I started with the brush, placing the head position and then using broad sweeping strokes to place the direction of movement. I then used the dip pen to describe the model’s shape. I feel much happier with these final images and could feel myself loosening up with my mark making as I worked.


Part 4: Project 3, Exercise 3, Stance

Lacking a model for this exercise, I used an online resource, ‘ Croquis Cafe’, for live figure drawing .

I used with oil pastels and and tried to focus on the mid-line, drawing the position of the head first and drawing a curve to place the spine. I tried to stick to about 3 minutes for each pose. I feel quite happy with these images and like the effect of two tones of blue on the red pastel paper.


I continued with a second model, this time trying pen, pencil and charcoal pencil. I’m not sure why these were not as successful – maybe using a finer point restricts me from making quick gestural marks and not getting caught up in details of models forms which is difficult to do in the time.



Part 4: Project 3, Exercise 2- Essential elements

The ten minutes flew by and I struggled to draw the model’s shape , let alone tonal contrasts. After 5 attempts this did not seem to get any easier so I gave myself a little longer for the final sketch.


When using chalk pastels the chunky stick encouraged larger, bolder marks and lines and covered a larger area of paper more quickly, this allowed me the time to work on tone. I am pleased with the chalk sketches and feel I have been able to create a sense of weight  and proportion but I need to work on describing a sense of 3-dimensional form.

Part 4: Project 3 Form, Exercise 1 Basic Shapes

I didn’t see much difference in this exercise from the previous one, but I tried to have my model sit slightly angled away from me. As I had previously,I worked out the angles of the  shoulder and hip line and the central axis before drawing the body.  There is more context with this drawing and I am getting the hang of hands.

The shoulders are at different heights because one arm is resting on the armrest but otherwise the body is fairly symmetrical. As the body is seated in a low chair the body is slightly folded at the middle which gives a sense of foreshortening, but this area is unfortunately covered up by the newspaper.



Part 4: Project 2, Exercise 2 A longer study

Overall I am happy with the proportions in this sketch, except for the hands. They look too small. I feel the angle of the models limbs give a sense of weight with the arms relaxing on the armrests of the chair and the legs crossed at he ankles. I think there is  foreshortening with the upper leg appearing shorter due to the angle he is seated at.


I need to practice drawing hands and feet to get a better idea of form and proportion. (See sketchbook.)

Part 4: Project 2 , Exercise 1 Quick Studies

Before drawing my model I warmed up with some 5 minute sketches from on-line life models exercise from ‘New Masters Academy’. I started by positioning the head and then drew in the angles of the spine, shoulder girdle and hips, followed by the line/angles of the legs and arms. Then I drew a line to describe the body outline, which is all I could manage in 5 minutes. These drawings seemed to go quite well, but drawing my model from real life seemed far more tricky.


The first 10 minute sketch was drawn in pen. I think the head is a little too big and the angle of the leg looks odd.


The second sketch is in crayon and the legs look too small for the body.


The third sketch is in charcoal and has better proportions.


I think the drawing of lines to help me work out the angles and curve of the spine is helping me but I need to research methods of getting the proportions correct, which I think is harder to do on a seated model.