Etiqueta: charcoal

Part 4 The figure and the head

Part 4 The figure and the head

Project 5 The moving figure – Exercise 1 Single moving figure

There is nothing so joyful as to see a child in their imaginary world ignoring all around them….this was just such a moment….our two year old grand-daughter with a tutu dancing in front of a window bathed with sunlight which acted as a spotlight during her performance.

This was a major exercise for me and I was exhausted after drawing constantly for about 2 hours and then frustratingly editing the pictures in Adobe Photoshop and Premiere – Photoshop I was familiar with but I was using Premiere for the first time!

Obviously the influence was William Kentridge as I have watched his videos on YouTube many times, and studied his wonderfully illustrated book Fortune edited by Lilian Tone.

This was the moving figure – moving – not in quite the same way as Kentridge – as this video was really like a slide show but like Kentridge I was constantly editing the same picture. What remains is a series of captured images that are then stitched together in a movie.

Hands on hips, the little jump (not high enough), and the belly stuck out…I believe that I have captured the spirit of movement in this exercise.

Exhausting but well worth the effort!




Part 4 The figure and the head

Project 3 – Exercise 4 Energy

I like drawing fast – so this was an exercise especially for me! I used Croquis Café Dance Challenge videos as my source material:

These were a selection of my quick 1 minute drawings – aprox. A3 size:


Compressed charcoal


Children’s tempura and large watercolour brush
Acrylic gouache
Acrylic gouache
Acrylic gouache
Acrylic Gouache

Upon reflection, whilst these were drawings of models frozen in the middle of a dance routine – they were not very dynamic and this has shown up in the above sketches.

I intend to remedy this is Project 5.





Part 4 The figure and the head

Project 3 – Exercise 3 Stance

These sketches were a selection of the drawings I made for this exercise – this was the first with a line indicating the central axis:


Further studies included these very quick 1 minute drawings:

Changing back to charcoal I made this quick sketch over 1-2 minutes:


Finally I made this sketch in about 2-3 minutes:


Life drawing – Willow charcoal on Strathmore smooth 95g Charcoal paper (12×18″)


I was extremely pleased with this drawing using willow charcoal – there was a foreward movement with nearly all the weight on the front foot and a twist in the upper body using a pole (which I drew in the wrong position at first). The paper chosen for this drawing it an absolute joy to draw on and will look to buy more in future.


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.