Drawing the human figure

Sketches for figure drawing

Sketches for figure drawing

This exercise involved sketches of a figure from which one would be chosen to create a larger linear study. My husband agreed to model and was watching television as I sketched. For the first sketch (above) I sat across the living room from him and did a quick sketch (well for me, this took half an hour). It is not in proportion as the legs are too short and he is sitting too far forward and not looking as relaxed as he did. The sofa is also too small.

Sketches for figure drawing - change of viewpoint

Sketches for figure drawing – change of viewpoint

For the second sketch Alan was in the same position but I moved around and stood to the right of the sofa. This I felt was a stronger sketch with the legs more in proportion though I found it difficult to get his right arm looking relaxed.

Larger scale sketches

Larger sketch with change in position of hand

Larger sketch with change in position of hand

Based on the smaller sketches I decided on the second position. I drew another larger sketch finding it harder to draw the sofa, particularly the arm rests, compared to the figure. I made a slight change to the position of the hand supporting the face.

Sketches for figure drawing

Sketches for figure drawing

Finally, I created a larger sketch on A2 paper adding in more lines to show the folds of the clothing and cushions. This was the sketch that I used for the exercise Linear Figure Study.

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