(NB Due to working around availability of models, the Projects, Exercises, Check & Logs and Research Points do not follow the order of the course material)
- Were you able to maintain a focus on proportion at the same time as creating a sense of weight and three-dimensional form?
Yes, I think this was successful in the main, I struggled to maintain proportion mostly when I omitted to make quick warm up sketches. This is clearly illustrated in the Essential Shapes exercise, where my first drawing is very tight and “scrunched” up, then the final of the five drawings is much more proportionally correct.
- Which drawing gives the best sense of the pose and why?
I am a little torn on which to choose for this, it is between two of the Essential Elements drawings:
The first drawing on the left captures the pose best, I think, in that it’s just as he was sat, however, the drawing is lacking in weight and I’m not convinced that he is really connected with the chair. The second drawing, right, brings the chair and model together more, he is definitely sitting in that chair and supported in the corner by the chair back and arm. I think I’ve convinced myself on the second drawing now and was probably drawn to the unusual seating position in the first pose.
- Was there any movement or gesture away from the model’s central axis. If so did you manage to identify this and put it into your drawing?
Out of the eleven drawings made in this project, half of them deviated from the model’s central axis to lesser or greater degree. When posing the model, it wasn’t a particularly conscious decision as such, but a result of trying to identify a more interesting shape to draw. I did try to incorporate some twists of the body and legs and taking different view points, and these added to the less than upright poses. The most extreme of my drawings that showed movement away from the model’s central axis is shown below. The leaning on the sofa from a seated position on the floor together with my viewpoint of standing over the model, gives an exaggerated example.