Exercise: Essential Shapes
Arrange your model at a slight angle in a chair. Consider the angle of the central axis that runs through the seated figure. Notice any twists or bends. Draw the model from different angles and positions.
As I wanted the model to be as comfortable as possible for around an hour’s pose, I changed the chair for cushions on the floor so that he could lean over the sofa and use his lap top to pass the time. This also allowed a twist in the spine plus I could stand above or be on a level with the model for more interesting drawings. As I was changing position and viewpoints it wasn’t imperative that he stay and/or return to the exact pose which made it even easier.
Full notes are written with the drawings. A major lesson learnt was to make 2-3 minute warm up sketches just to loosen up. This is something regularly done in life classes, although, I think I am very conscious of the time my model has to spend sitting, so often forget to do this. The first drawing clearly demonstrates the need and reasoning behind the discipline, it is very tight and constricted in its appearance, the next is much looser and accurate, and this continues with each of the subsequent ones.
Conscious as ever of monopolising my model’s time, I begged three further 10 minutes drawings so that I could have a full twenty on the final one. The shorter poses were great for understanding form and experimenting with how to achieve the essential shapes as was the brief. I am pleased with the twenty-minute drawing as the figure is anchored in its surroundings – there is a little regret that I didn’t include the lap top he was working on so that the hand position makes more sense, but on the whole it seems to work.