More figure drawing

12 Jun

Here is a figure sketch based on a fashion photo, in which I tried to draw in two steps, a design phase for the overall structure of the figure and a refinement phase, in which I concentrate more on the details.

Clothed figure sketch 15 2011/06/12

It’s still a rough sketch, made in 20 minutes, but I think you can see I’ve done a few dozen sketches (short, 7 minutes long each). The drawing looks more considered, more thought-through. There’s still room for improvement, quite a bit, actually, as there always is. Still, I think I captured the idea of the pose.

I will be doing more of these brief sketches, to develop a feel for proportions. Of course, the drawing above isn’t very well suited for that, because the figure isn’t standing upright, so it’s harder to check the proportions.

One could argue why not do unclothed figure sketches? I’m surely want to do those too, but good (non-pornographic) images are less frequent than good fashion photos on the Internet. Also, it’s much easier to ask someone to pose for me with her or his clothed on than without, in real life I mean. Typical clothed figure rates are 10 euros per hour (if I go by the rates my local community college uses). My guess is that nude models are much more expensive, but I could be wrong.

I’m still not confident enough to hire models, though, so for now I’m trying to improve my skills by using photos and short candid pose sketches (people in public spaces). Alas, the rates for the figure sketching course at my local community college has gone up this year (now 16 euros per 2 hour lesson, excluding modeling costs), so I’m unable to attend those, as I had planned.

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2 Responses to “More figure drawing”

  1. Jose Gonzalez June 12, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

    Looking good Rene!
    I hope you can find an alternative for models. Maybe a group of artists that get together for drawing/painting sessions may provide an alternative. We’ve been down that road in our search before, with no luck, but I think, in my case at least, its because I don’t personally know local artists that could let me know of such events. Certainly, taking courses will bring you closer to these possibilities, but without that contact, resorting to other art groups, like maybe those found at library events, or art/craft shows, may be the ticket. Its a hard search, but never giving up, even with a slow outcome, is something to do.
    I have to check some more of your recent art, but your progress is evident as always. Been offline too much, and have drawn about as much, and without concentrating on topics or techniques. I hope to get more serious work going now that I’m back home.
    Keep it up man! The art is its own reward!

    • Rene June 12, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

      Thanks, Jose.

      I have looked in this for so long. There doesn’t seem to be an artist group. Most professional artists in my town seem to work on their own and serious amateurs gather on the community college I can’t afford anymore. Artists don’t even give demonstrations to the public. I never see street artists either.

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