Part 4 The figure and the head

Project 3 Form – Exercise 1 Basic shapes

This was my models first time at modelling for someone, but as an avid selfie taker she was willing to pose for about the hour required.

There were some restrictions in what I could do and time was one of them so after finding a suitable position with natural light – on a very sunny day – but with the model out of the sun, I went straight into the drawing.

I sensed her feeling her a little awkward/stiff and even more so as her boyfriend made a video of most of the drawing session.

There was a slight twist in her body and she moved her hair on several occasions.  There was a general consensus among the family audience that there was a good likeness in the face and body.


Early measuring was done with fast light marks, gradually building up tones to represent the basic shapes of the body – during the drawing I kept thinking about shape and the building up of three dimensional form using tone.  I believe that I achieved this successfully in the drawing.

I have used a wide range of tone (not well shown in the photo), introduced an interesting texture using the surface of the paper and also patterns made with line, and the jeans and teashirt were sensitively rendered.

When working in photography, I was always careful to place the hands of the model/subject – this model had her hands in her lap – almost nervously clasped together and I think that this feature together with her gaze in front helped to make a successful portrait.



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