Last week I took a five-night workshop from Greg Follender at The Art Students League. The workshop was all about learning to draw the figure in a very short amount of time. We did a lot of 30-second, 1-minute, and 3-minute drawings, along with some longer (5-15 minute drawings). There were two models: an extremely thin woman and a super beefy man. It was very interesting to have to draw two very different body types and notice which one I felt more at ease with. (I think you'll be able to guess from the drawings.) I've decided to share a sampling of the drawings (I did **hundreds** of drawings over the five days) in chronological order because I believe that I improved over the week and I think the progression is interesting to see. This is Monday - Wednesday.
Greg, the instructor, advised me to try doing stick figures in order to make sure the figure would fit on the page. These are the first two drawings of the day. Both 30-second sketches.
I'm managing to capture a lot more gesture in my 30-second drawings!
I struggled with a lot of things in this class. But in this drawing, I feel like I'm finally getting a graceful leg curve. I really like the way the calf connects to the ankle connects to the foot. Lots of other things wrong, but that's something really right.
This was an interesting exercise, but super hard. We had to draw the model as she moved through space, pausing for 30-seconds at various points. Your drawing is supposed to reflect her movement. I'm not sure that mine does.
These are blind contour drawings. The idea is that you never look at your page -- you only look at the model -- and you never pick up your pencil, so it's one continuous line. I love the way these turned out! (These are the "good" ones, of course. I have several that just look like blobs!)
Well, that's it for now. I'll be back tomorrow with drawings from Thursday and Friday!
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