Part 4 The figure and the head

Project 5 The Moving figure – Exercise 2 Groups of figures

People watching and sketching is something that I enjoy.  I cheated a little in this exercise as I have included recent drawings made ‘on the move’ in the airport and in the park:

In the airport…

It is surprising how much people move about even when the are patiently (or not so patiently) waiting in line – even the man on the phone kept moving about!

In the park…

The LH drawing was of a group of figures playing cards (A blind contour drawing) and the RH one of a family talking and moving around while preparing a BBQ.

In all of these drawings there was not perhaps sufficient information to make a finished drawing however it was good practice for life drawing – one to two minute sketches of models.

In ‘Experimental drawing’ there is a fascinating drawing in ink by Francesco Guardi:


Francesco Guardi (1712-1793) A Venetian Scene. Pen and sepia wash.

I can just imagine him in the middle of a square, small sketchbook in hand making this exquisite drawing with a quill pen and brush. This was obviously quickly drawn but the angular perspective is very accurate and there is a sense of movement in the figures which draws you in to try and find out more from within the scene.

I will have to try something similar in pen and ink – as this is a medium that I enjoy using.






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