Project: The Clothed Figure – Check and Log

14/08/14

Check & Log

  • Did you find it easy to approach the figure as a whole or were you distracted by details of the sitter’s dress?
Form and Movement in a Clothed Figure

Form and Movement in a Clothed Figure
Warm Up Sketches in Liner Pen

By completing some warm up sketches initially, using no detail and drawing quickly and with little sight of the actual drawing as I went.  I could concentrate on the whole figure, clothes and chair together.  These were done in pen and have flowing lines and are lively.  I decided to employ the same technique as the warm ups but with pencil, going over and over the figure all around the form and clothing as one.

  • How did you create volume in the folds of the fabric?

Once the proportions and pose appeared correct, I knocked back the pencil with broad sweeps of a putty rubber.  This retained the impression of the drawing but allowed the coloured pencil to take precedence and avoid muddying the colours with graphite.  I blocked in the clothing with one pale colour and then worked into the folds with tonal hatching.  As the first stage included the full figure and clothing it was easier to create the illusion of volume in the fabric.

  • Does the finished drawing give a sense of the figure beneath the fabric?
Form and Movement in a Clothed Figure Mirror Reflection

Form and Movement in a Clothed Figure
Mirror Reflection Drawn in 8b Pencil and Coloured Pencil

I think there is a strong sense of the figure beneath the fabric, as the folds have enveloped prominent features such the knee and shoulders, plus the folds on the seat of the chair help define the thigh.

  • How would you tackle a drawing like this again?

I think I would repeat the warm up sketches as it focussed my mind on the whole subject and loosened up the drawing.  I would have liked to have made the drawing bigger but as I was using a refection of myself, I had to keep the sketchbook small (A4) to avoid it covering up too much.  If I was drawing another model, I think at least A2 would be good and would still try to keep it loose and flowing.  Maybe using conte and pastel for a larger drawing.

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Project: The Clothed Figure – Exercise: Form and Movement in a Clothed Figure

14/08/14

Exercise: Form and Movement in a Clothed Figure

Ask your model to wear some soft fabrics that will help to describe the form of their body.  This could be a shawl, a long scarf, baggy jumper, full skirt or dressing gown.

Form and Movement in a Clothed Figure

Form and Movement in a Clothed Figure
Warm Up Sketches in Liner Pen

I had no model available this time other than myself, so using a full length mirror I set myself in a few poses and made some warm up sketches in pen.  After deciding which pose and media to use, I drew the longer pose in coloured pencil. Full notes are shown in the photograph and in the Check & Log for this project.

Form and Movement in a Clothed Figure Mirror Reflection

Form and Movement in a Clothed Figure
Mirror Reflection Drawn in 8b Pencil and Coloured Pencil

 

Project: The Clothed Figure – Exercise: Fabric with Line and Form

08/08/14

Exercise: Fabric with Line and Form

Throw a piece of clothing or a length of plain fabric (so you don’t get distracted by pttern) across a chair to make folded layers of fabric and then draw two 15 minute sketches using line only with a soft pencil or charcoal.

Struggled not to shade as the charcoal lends itself to this.

Fabric with Line and Form Jacket on a Chair

Fabric with Line and Form
Jacket on a Chair
15 minute sketch in charcoal

Drawing one – charcoal.

Fabric with Line and Form Jacket on a Chair

Fabric with Line and Form
Jacket on a Chair
15 minute sketch in 8B pencil

 

 

Drawing two – 8B Pencil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 5cm squares, draw five minute sketches of different parts of the fabric.  Look at the shapes caused by the folds.  Identify and emphasise the areas of light and shade that will define the form.

Fabric with Line and Form 5cm squares of sketches of different parts of the fabric.

Fabric with Line and Form
5cm squares of sketches of different parts of the fabric.

Top row made with 8B pencil.

Bottom row made with liner pen.