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Summer is more or less here and I am on holiday, so today I went to the beach! The mission was to sleep in the sun, have a dip in the still water and read my book (re-reading The Farthest Shore, by Ursula Le Guin). Also, to sketch if I felt like it, in a small bid to get into figure drawing a bit more. ^^ So here's a few unexciting pen sketches from the little A5 book. ^^

On the train to the city... sister's foot (she was sitting next to me).

Some passengers on the train- unfortunately, all I could see were their heads.

Tried giving conte crayons a go for this sunbather. Perhaps it's just my way of drawing, but I think conte works better for at least A4-sized drawings.

My friend, who was reading next to me.

And, one that I found but hadn't posted; my grandmother, who I drew while I was in Singapore earlier this year. Didn't really do her justice:

I think I'd use charcoal a bit more if I wasn't on the go- pens are just so much easier to cart around and I like using them even if it's a harsh and unforgiving medium. ^^ If I keep practicing, perhaps this figure drawing stuff will start improving. Right now, I just can't seem to simplify the figure enough (because I don't know it well; you can't simplify what you don't know) and I have trouble, sometimes, drawing tonally. Then again, pens don't lend themselves that well to tone, but oh, such pretty lines they make. Calligraphy pens. <3

Difficulty in live drawing? People don't bloody stay still. ;_;

Date: 2007-11-06 03:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
These are great! I particularly like the conte crayon one (much to no one's surprise).

Perhaps the cause for your frustration is trying to cram too much detail in at the beginning. With life drawing "on the go" it's best to do the big picture, i.e. the outline of things, and then go back in and tighten with details.

Still it tickles me to see you doing this kind of thing. Keep practicing!

Date: 2007-11-06 10:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you, Kim! It occurs to me that you're the only person on my flist who draws (I think), so your comments are valuable. ^^

Conte crayon rocks! But I can't seem to get a good range of midtones with it and find it's not as forgiving as charcoal. Another thing to practice with. ^^

I think you're right! What I tend to do is start drawing one body part first (usually the arms or head) and then shape the body around it, but fail to block in the whole outline first. Outlining first might help me get the proportions right, I imagine- it's what I sometimes do when I draw for a longer period of time but the action somehow doesn't happen when drawing "on the go". Thanks again!

Date: 2007-11-06 01:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think you might be the only one on my flist that draws seriously. There's a couple of fanartists, but no studio ones.

In one of my Life Drawing classes, we used to do 30 second exercises. Talk about your rapid-fire posing. You learn real quick how to cut out the unimportant things. Maybe you should try an exercise like that.

Date: 2007-11-07 03:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
30 seconds? Holy crap, I'd flail and panic. But I'd be game for it! ^^

Date: 2007-11-07 03:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's really fun.

Here's what I mean by outlining in vine first.

Date: 2007-11-07 03:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sure sounds like it! I never took life drawing class but I wish they did this in my final year art at school. And brought in people to model for us. =D

Ah, what you've been saying becomes clear; you're right, there's not much time to catch everything but you got the essentials down. Thanks for showing that to me!


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