Drawing 1, Part 4: Exercise 2

Essential Elements

I was lucky enough to have a live model again, today, rather than doing a drawing session over zoom. Hannah was a wonderful model, and very open to whatever I wanted to do, pose wise.

I set up my easel, and worked mostly in pen (fineliner), with some pastel work, and at the end, for the longer sketch some watercolour washes.

me at the easel!

I think I missed the objective of this exercise, reading it back. I fixated on the fact that we were to make 6 x 10 minute sketches, which I did. I also wanted to explore foreshortening a little more, as I really enjoy it.

The objective was to use tone and shade, but I used line primarily, rather than blocks of tone. I sketched first, then used watercolours to create areas of tone and shade. I used Rose Madder, Naples Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Indanthrene Blue, Paynes Grey and Alizarin Crimson.

Here are my sketches with and without colorisation:

the ones exploring foreshortening:

foreshortening …. hands (fineliner)
Foreshortening (hands ii)

I think the foreshortening has worked quite well in these sketches. I like the loose lines and the sense of freedom. I feel a lot of flowing movement and energy when I draw, and I try to let it transfer itself into my work. The anatomy isn’t perfect, and that is something I really need to work on. But I think the drawings are expressive.

Here are the rest of the sketches, which I was not as happy with as the first two:

Pen sketch – foreshortening
Pencil and pastel pencil
pen and pastel pencil

I found the last three sketches unsatisfactory. The proportions aren’t too bad, I just think they look messy and lack character. I think fewer lines would have worked better in the feet foreshortening one.

The crossed legged sketch does not feel right to me. I am not comfortable with it. Maybe because it is in pencil, and doesn’t look as defined as the pen drawings. I think I overdid the red pastel pencil, it looks too heavy. I know my drawings can look a bit ‘busy’ but this is too much, in my opinion.

I did another sketch which I was really unhappy with, and I don’t want to include it here.

For my final sketch, I tried to imply the tone and shaded areas using watercolour. I drew in pen, and added some charcoal marks. After I had painted, I added the watercolour drips and splashes.

Expressive watercolour, pen and charcoal sketch

I am very pleased with the watercolour sketch. I think it is unusual and delicate. You can see the highlights on the flesh, and the watercolour drips and splatters add interest, although it looked ok without the black splashes.

8 comments

  1. Love the main profile sketch picture with the clasped hands and foreshortening.
    Not sure why the others dont show. I am reading from a Samsung.

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