Figure Study Using Line – Seated Model in an Upright Chair
I felt a bit lost starting this assignment, for some reason the idea of just using line worried me. I felt like I didn’t know how to do it. After many months on this course though I realise this is my mind making things difficult for me and I just had to get on with it, regardless of emotions.
To start, I looked at a drawing I had done from a life session, and did a quick sketch:
It wasn’t a great sketch, the proportions are out and I just wasn’t feeling it so I drew a few sketches of people seated:
This was based on another drawing of the same model.
I was beginning to realise how difficult it is to draw something from other drawings so I tried a variety of different poses:
I simply focused on drawing quick sketches of people seated. Afterwards I re-read the guidelines and realised the model was supposed to be seated in an upright chair.
Using a photograph I drew the following:
The proportions are a little off but I like the lines and the energy and the simplicity of it.
Trying a different style again, I went back to my life class model drawings:
At this point I felt like I was going way off track and went back to my original reference drawing at the top of the page and tried to start again:
I worked on making long strokes with the charcoal and with the eraser and, whilst I like the effect I feel like it is lacking something.
There should be an emphasis on being fluid and spontaneous here, but I think I am being too controlled.
Trying a different technique, I banded three pencils together and came up with this:
I liked the resulting effect of the lines but still wasn’t happy with the drawing. I want more lines to work together and less tone, which is proving challenging.
A further attempt was made using a different reference drawing:
In conclusion I have found it so difficult to draw from photographs, and my own drawings that I have decided to work on a drawing I did in another session. I think it says everything I want to say in this work.
Whilst some of the finer details don’t stand up to scrutiny, I like the overall impression of this drawing. It has line but it also has something else about the model and I think this is what I’m looking for in my earlier works and failing to find. This drawing here connects with me on an emotional level.