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    Figures, gestures and stuff

    I finally bit the bullet and went to a figure drawing class on January. It's early days still but I thought it might be cool to share some of my efforts.

    In addition to figure drawing I've studied Loomis. I have also done some oil pastel work (need to scan those later...).

    I maintain my full set at Flickr and Picasa. Those galleries contain most of my work so far.

    I picked of a few of those to this thread (not gonna burden you with tens of images ).

    I am aware the work is quite crude at best. You gotta start somewhere.
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    These are really good. keep it up! Just keep practising your proportions.

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    @golden_butterfly: Thanks! It's true I've got some work left to do on that department.

    I've attached some snapshots from yesterday's session. Croquis are two minutes each. Pretty happy about the one with oval thigh. I probably need to aim towards this kind of abstraction in the next sessions. I kind of like the style.

    I must have spent something like 80 minutes on the charcoal piece (A1 litoposter). I'm not too happy about the shading. I nailed the proportions in first 20 mins but it's still missing something (foreshortening etc.). Better than my earlier charcoal pieces, though.

    The two pages containing "blocky" figures were drawn based on Bridgman. I really like the way he simplifies anatomy. Learning to draw/think like that isn't probably that bad a thing.

    As usual Flickr set contains more work, no need to spam this thread with every little thing.

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    Some of my recent work. As usual the charcoal one was 80 min piece (A1 litoposter). This time the focus was on hatching. Croquis are 2 min per piece. I also did some hand studies based on Bridgman. The Flickr set contains more.

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    Just added some Monday pieces to my gallery. I also set the images up at Picasa due to Flickr visibility policy.

    I feel like I'm making some progress. I can still see some errors around but compared to my earliest pieces I feel these are a bit better. Still got heaps of work to do.

    I've attached two of the recent drawings to this message. The hand was like a five min piece I just sketched out casually based on observation. The figure is a 2 min piece as usual.

    In terms of figure drawing I've managed to find a nice workflow I'm comfortable with. I start out with a very loose gesture that defines the "rhythm". Once I've established that I start to attach main masses to the frame based on observation. After that I get gestural again and vice versa till the time runs out. While at it I try to bring out the meaningful shapes and work on the overall composition. Tricky stuff!
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    Two 2 min pieces from Monday session. Four more at gallery (links above). Gotta photo the big charcoal pieces we've been working at some point...

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    A couple of pics from the Monday session. I spent over an hour on the charcoal one. The ballpoint one is from a set of quickies (4 mins each).

    I also uploaded some of my representational works from the past few months to Flickr.

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    Long time, no post

    Long time, no post. Since the last post I studied a bit of painting (watercolors). I can upload some of the paintings later if there's interest.

    I just started a course (charcoal + model). Here's something from the last session (spent 1.5 hours on this):

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    Today's effort. Same pose. Came out pretty differently than the last time.

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    Trying to get into ArtRage again. Some recent efforts below.

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    A couple of environments inspired by idrawgirls environment tutorials. I know, they are not quite there yet. Lots of work to do. I think I'll use some photo reference next time.

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    You got some great studies Keep it up and never give up!

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    Today's effort. I think I managed to bork the legs at least a little bit.

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    Nice, liking the figures. Keep pushing it.

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    This year's last session (double session). Big ones 1.5h each. There's a little bonus too (2 min per piece)!

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    I spent last 8 weeks at Italy. I did do some sketching over there but obviously skipped my figure classes. The trees below are from the trip. The rest are from Tuesday's session (croquis 2 min each, big ones 1.5h each). This time I tried heavier paper (150g). Still getting used to it. It's harder to handle but at least you can get a nice black out of it.
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    Today's effort (1.5h each). I'll continue latter next week. 2 min ones came out ok too (I can upload if there's interest).

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    I know you didn't ask for it but I thought it might be a good idea to photo some of those 2 min quickies anyway. So here we go. Three papers from yesterday's session:

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    Work from today. First one is progress after 20 mins. Finished version next. And progress on last week's one after that.

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    Last session of the "season". I spent 1.5h on the first one, 20 mins to finish the second. Last on a full hour.

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