Monday, October 12, 2009

Monday Drawing Class - the Full Figure

"Thinking"
Charcoal
14" x 17"

This charcoal sketch doesn't look like much, but I struggled mightily with it. Bob has had us concentrate on doing the full figure in the last two sessions with Gina. Usually I concentrate on the upper part of the body.We were shocked when after some very quick warmups, we had about 10 minutes to do some measurements. The lower body is much longer than we thought. Bob says that making the lower body smaller than it should be is a common error.

When I started this 20 minute pose, I got the length correct, but did not have the legs as far to the left as they should have been. I found this out myself by carefully remeasuring with my dowel stick. Bob says you have to suffer a little to become better at art.

7 comments:

Christiane Kingsley said...

Well done, Mary. And there is no sign of suffering:-)

Sheila said...

Wow what a challenge this was! I miss class, but with both kids home sick, not much I can do for now...

Mary Paquet said...

Christiane, thanks so much, and lucky me, I used vine charcoal that is easy to erase!

Sheila, we've missed you and someone asked Bob about you last week. Hope you can join us soon. We've had a few more people join in, but people come and go, so only 6 of us there today. I think it's the best bargain in town and Bob is terrific.

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Hi Mary, Wonderful drawing! I like your sense of humor, as always!

Mary Paquet said...

Thanks, Peggy. We have so much fun with Bob in drawing class. He has a sweet sense of humor. Suffer we did!

janice said...

This is a difficult pose to capture-you did a very nice job! Where are you taking this class? My drawing skills really need some work!

Mary Paquet said...

Janice, I take the class at University Arts on Meridian. I'll send you a note with information.