I took Life Drawing class every thursday for two years, left town, now two years later Im going to a life drawing seminar/workshop tomorrow. And as usual you need A3 or bigger to draw on. Why? In those two years no one ever told me the actual benefit of going big.
What exactly is the point of using a very large surface to draw on?
Im not questioning anything, I just want to know exactly what its good for. Is it because its difficult to draw fine detail on a small paper with coal? Or is it good for the eye-to-hand coordination? Or is it just tradition?
Last edited by Automatic Kafka; November 29th, 2006 at 04:03 PM.
I've always used 18 x 24 pads or larger when I do life studies. AND I still "run out of paper," especially when I had a few drinks first... A large pad allows you to loosen up and get down and dirty with what you're doing without worrying about things like knocking the $56,000.00 Ming vase over that's sitting next to your teeny 6 x 9 sketch paper.
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i think its harder to see proportions when working large because you stand so close to the page that you have perspective problems (eg from looking down/up) so i think the bigger you draw, the more you have to step back and check everything's in proportion.
You learn how to draw using your whole arm, rather than just using your wrist.
Using your whole arm gives much smoother, stronger motion, rather than using the weak motion of your wrist.
That's what the instructor said when I asked her today. It makes sense.
And todays workshop aswellas as the loose sessions Ive taken recently made me realise that the drawing class I used to attend was garbage. No proper instruction, no method, no real approach. I actually think it did more damage than good, because when I first did Life Drawing again a month ago, all the stupid errors I used to make two years ago came right back, even though I had progressed beyond them when drawing figures from photo reference or my imagination. They're gone now though as Ive managed to unlearn the bad stuff these past weeks
Yeah I did this too. The thing was they weren't even detailed drawings, they get out this huge like 3 foot slice of paper and command me to draw something in 30 seconds! They said something about "movement" and other vague reasons for this. I guess you are supposed to throw your whole body into drawing instead of just your hand. It seemed like such a waste of paper, especially since we would all do like a dozen of these to 'warm up' (and no drawing on the back). I mean...I can kind of understand the idea of wanting to get flow in your figures, but it doesn't seem like you should be having beginner artists who don't know how to draw at all just scribbling out indistinct humanoid type drawings. They didn't even attempt to teach us anything even as simple as "line of action", just some nonsense about "feeling" more than seeing and away we went swinging are arms while the teacher implored us to draw even faster. And people wonder why I'm so bitter about my schooling (and no I am not exaggerating at all).
Last edited by Goodbye..fromthevoid; January 8th, 2007 at 03:37 AM.