As I mentioned yesterday, 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. This is Thursday & Friday.
What I love about this drawing is how the model's weight is clearly on her right foot. The instructor kept telling us to make sure we were clear about where the model's weight was and this is one of the first drawings where I feel like I was able to properly convey that.
The instructor gave us black paper and white conté crayon. Our instructions were to draw the light and the mid-tones. Super interesting exercise. My whites are too bright and there isn't enough midtone, but it's amazing how a figure emerges.
The two models posed together! It was such an interesting challenge to try and capture both of them and their very different bodies mushed up against each other and to try to convey his strength as he lifted her.
We did more black paper & white conté crayon drawings. The instructor lowered the lights in the room in order to make the light on the model more dramatic. It was not easy to draw on black paper in a dark room, but I loved this exercise. I can see more midtones in these drawings than the first one.
After steadily improving all week, I feel like Friday was a step backwards. These are 30-second drawings.
All in all, I think it's kind of amazing how much I improved from Monday to Friday. I still have a long ways to go, but I am very encouraged. I just need to keep practicing. I'm convinced that the key to being successful at almost anything is practice, practice, practice.
If you get a chance, check out my instructor's blog. He creates beautiful drawings in almost no time at all. It's amazing.
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