Camera Self-Portrait Process

March 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’m a little short on time today, so instead of describing my process for my studio self-portrait drawing, I thought I’d just show it to you.

First, this is the photograph I’m working from.

Here’s my initial vine toned Reeves BFK paper cut down to size to match my grid (22 x 27).

Beginning erasure outlines and form.

Much more form pulled out. Lots still to be done, especially in the finer detailing.

90% complete. Just needs the sharper edges of the hands and face highlighted as well as more depth added into the hair.

Check it out! Studio critique tomorrow morning.


Updated Emily Reclined Pose #2

March 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

Pretty much finished Emily’s reclined pose drawing today. I used heavier charcoal versus only vine to make the shadowing a little more dramatic than I usually do, simply because the pose itself was a bit dramatic. The drawing is on 22 x 30 Reeves BFK paper which is growing on me despite my love for Strathmore.

I still want to add in a few details in terms of where her weight is resting and the surrounding cushion, but as for the figure? Done. That shading on the right thigh is…a little shady, I know. I’ll fix it tomorrow in the studio. I swear.

Self-Portrait Fail and New Emily Reclined Pose

March 25, 2011 § 2 Comments

It’s been a while since my last post, partly because I haven’t had anything to show you guys as far as progress and partly just because I’m super lazy.

I did a three basic studies over spring break on Strathmore of possible camera self portrait images…and really disliked them all. So much so that I don’t even want to post them here. Instead, I’m posting a glimpse at my current in-class drawing of Emily. This is only about an hour and a half of work, much more to come for this one. I can already see there’s a problem with the right arm proportion that I’ll have to fix later today. Nice.

Sorry it’s dark. It’s tough to get a good photo when the graphite marks are so light. More updates after today’s studio class!

Seated Pose FINISHED!!!

March 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

Check it out (click to enlarge)…

It took about three days and lots of frustration (especially while working on the hands), but she’s done…finally! I don’t hate it, but it’s probably not going in the portfolio of my favorites.

Now off to take some digital self portrait images and manipulate them in photoshop for some drawing studies.

Finished Reclined Pose and Beginning Seated Pose

March 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Today, I finished up my drawing of the 2 hour reclined model pose from last week by loosely adding in the edges of the cushion she was lying on in thick graphite. I wanted to keep the focus on her, so I made the cushion detail as minimal as possible with a focus on line rather than shape and form. Here’s the final piece that I’m using for the class portfolio critique on Wednesday. I recommend clicking to enlarge.

We also started on a new seated pose with a few surrounding props around the model today including magnolia leaves and an overturned bar stool. I began this one by lightly outlining my perspective with a graphite pencil then going over the edges that I was more sure of with a thin charcoal pencil. I started to fill in her arm and core with vine charcoal, but ran out of time when class ended so I’ll continue with that on Wednesday. Here’s what the early sketch looks like. Again, clicking to enlarge will give you a better view (sorry it’s dark).

2 Hour Reclined Model Pose

March 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

Today, Emily held one pose for the entire 2 hour class period. This stretch of time allows us a longer period to study and get details of the model’s figure, but it’s also quite exhausting.

Thankfully, she was faced away from me and I couldn’t see much of her face or hands within the cushion she was reclining on. I decided to use a fine charcoal pencil to outline her body on 22×30 white Strathmore paper and fill in with vine charcoal. I need to go back in and work the edges of the cushion a bit more to emphasize her surroundings, but here’s how it looks so far.

Sketches of Emily

March 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

Our model is back so it’s back to the figures. I’m not a big fan of this week’s drawings, but c’est la vie.

I’m growing a little tired of looking at the same thing for 2 hours in the morning, 3 days a week. Good thing out camera self portrait drawing is coming up! More details to come.

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