Friday, April 20, 2007
It's fortunate the life class is as long as it is because for most of it this drawing looked like a disaster! I drew her head first and I'm happy with how her face turned out and the fact that it looks like a face when it's little more than a line with tiny variations. However, it is a bit too small for her body even though she is a very tall model! It seemed to take ages to get the shading on her body to look like muscles and bones rather than grubby smudges of graphite.
I'm improving in another area though - drawing in public. I have my sketchbook on me all the time and have used it a few times on the tram. I've got a favourite seat where I am less likely to be noticed and I'm getting quite good at hiding the sketchbook! I have realised though that nerves make me draw very fast and very sketchy and I have got to work on relaxing and improving the lines. The one big problem with drawing on the trams though is that I keep picking people who suddenly get up and leave! I picked a man this morning who looked engrossed in a Sudoku puzzle and had a very big belly (great for drawing). I started on his lapel but he can't have been that engrossed because a few seconds later, the tram stopped, he barely looked up and was out of the doors in a shot! I can see the marks in this sketchbook are going to be difficult to decipher if that keeps happening!
HB and B pencil.