Check & Log
- Have you managed to make a complete statement in this time? What were your main problems?
Short Poses: the 2 minute poses forced me to look at the figure and simplify the drawing. The first one always instills a sense of panic and I try too hard, subsequent attempts are more fluid and show outline and placement of key parts of the figure and its environment.
The 10 minute poses were the most problematic for me – it’s enough time to repeat the steps in the 2 minute ones but then I begin to fiddle with certain areas instead of looking at the overall subject.
The Longer Pose: I enjoyed this exercise and splitting the hour into 20 minute sittings with a 5-10 minute break worked well. In the first third, I concentrated on outline, placement and proportion, in the next, tone and limited colour – finally in the last 20 minutes, I reiterated line and structure and worked on the face and folds in the T-shirt. The breaks also allowed me to stand back from the drawing and re-evaluate progress.
The main challenge of the longer pose was for the model – I don’t think my husband believed how hard it would be to keep still for 20 minutes, I did try to warn him. Hopefully, he’ll still be willing to volunteer. Plus the ratio of the paper and fitting in the entire drawing – see last point below.
- How well have you captured the characteristics of the pose?
I think this was a little hit and miss in the beginning, short pose 2, 4 ,& 5 came across, but am not sure about the 10 minute ones. In the longer pose I think the character came across strongly – more so than the accuracy, which is probably why I like it.
- Do the proportions look right? If not, how will you try to improve this?
Unexpectedly, I think the proportions look better in the 2 minute sketches. The hour-long pose tends to look right but I know the struggle I had, so I’m not totally convinced. It was interesting that the model said immediately that the proportions were right and he hadn’t been prepped beforehand that this was the purpose of the project. I need to look at it with fresh eyes.
To improve, I could either draw smaller to avoid the feel of squeezing the figure on the paper, or, which I’d rather, re-think the ratios of the paper. The 10 minute sketches were the same size but the paper ratio was better in that the width and height were closer in size.