Drawing: Figure in Space

Remember this guy from last semester?


Well, he’s back; and this time with shading! For this class, we used gray-toned paper with white and regular charcoal. This was the first time we used anything other than black charcoal (excluding ink) and was my first time using white charcoal. Here are the warm-up gesture drawings. The reason some of them look so bad is that they are “blind-contours,” which are drawings done without looking at the paper.

This first drawing was 3, 20 minute sessions (so 1 hour). The model was sitting on a stool reading a book. My method for this one was making the negative space around and in the figure dark, avoiding any visible lines. The best example of this is the arm on the left side of the drawing. In real life, the color of that side of the arm was lighter than the color of the room, so it looks a lot cleaner and more realistic. I really like how this turned out! There’s a not a subtle detail, like the minimal use of the white charcoal to create patches of light on his back, and the shadow that his left arm created on his leg.


This second drawing was 2, 20 minute sessions. We would have done another 20 minute but ran out of time. This was the same pose but from a different angle. It was also a different, more textured piece of gray paper, and I preferred the smoother kind that I used in the first drawing.


The proportions are pretty realistic in both of these, and I can still feel a lot of improvement since September.

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