Studies of the hand- sketchbook

As this is an area I have been struggling with I have been having a practice at hands and feet while also looking at the work of Leonardo du Vinci.

The muscles of the shoulder and arm, and the bones of the foot,c.1510 Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist Credit line: The Royal Collection (c) 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II This photograph is issued to end-user media only. It may be used ONCE ONLY in connection with the exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist, The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, 4 May - 7 October 2012. Photographs must not be archived or sold on.
The muscles of the shoulder and arm, and the bones of the foot,c.1510

Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist


He looked closely at the anatomy of the body to better understand it’s structure. The skin acting like a cloth over the body hiding the underlying structures of muscle and skeleton.

Here I have also tried to think about using circles and cylinders to build up my drawings but I am not sure if this helps. In the sketch of my feet in the bath I have been experimenting with the use of a coloured ground to emphasise the white highlights. I think this works well.


Albrecht Durer(1471-1528), studied in order to portray the human form accurately through proportional measurement.image

The pen and ink drawing , Praying Hands (1508), are beautifully drawn and show a close observation.


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Part 4: Project 5 – Exercise 2 Groups of figures

I found this exercise very challenging as I could not seem to capture any details in the seconds it took for people to walk by. In the end I gave up and worked from a photograph that I took of the town seen. In looking at others artists approach to the moving figure, I really liked this drawing of the business men rushing to work , seemingly oblivious to their surroundings which the artist has only hinted at.


I decided to experiment by reversing this idea with the buildings and stationary structures given the colour and solidity compared to the vaguer outlines of the passers by. However it is difficult to see the people’s outline amongst all the colour. I know the exercise wanted us to recapture the colour of the day but I don’t think that has worked here. The support is wrong for a grey cold day and the chalk doesn’t work with the coloured pen. I think that I have captured something of the moving crowd of shoppers.



I found some useful advice from a site called ‘Urban Sketchers’, that suggested if you wait awhile someone else will come along in a similar position, so you might end up drawing the legs of one person and the top half of another!



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Part 4: Project 5, Exercise 1 , Single Moving Figure

imageMan drawing in café

imageBuilders on roof

imageStanding at the bar waiting to be served imageEating toast

imageimageimageplaying tennis


I am finding  these exercises challenging and wonder if I need to find a different medium to capture quick fluid lines rather than try and draw details before the person moves.

Here I have experimented with a single figure moving through a series of positions using a watercolour pen.

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.



Project 5, Exercise 4: Statues

Colchester War memorial…..Justice

The day was foggy and quite dark which gave a spooky feel to the statues. The first sketch is drawn in my A5 sketch book in pen , as Justice looms over me.


I couldn’t really see any detail due to the weather so this is more of a silhouette . However I loved this statue and googled some other pictures from which I have managed to see more detail and a different perspective.


I wanted to capture the mood of this day as the fog gave a spooky night time feel. I especially liked this view of the soldier at the base of the monument as you looked towards the castle gates. I used chalks on black pastel paper and tried a larger  A3 support .


I enjoyed drawing these images and trying different media and paper types and sizes. It has also given me a taste for the next section of the course.