Open air figure drawing of a winged Victory statue
6th and the hardest until now. I had a real crisis in the middle of the initial sketch. My mind tried to switch between what I already knew and what I learned recently. First time I thought I won’t finish the work.
After a little chat with our teacher I found some way through, but it was not the style I wanted.
Anyway, it showed me some strong and weak points. After all I am pretty happy with the final result and it’s the second FINISHED artwork from the course. About 4 hours of truly intensive concentration.
As a figure study it had to be as similar as possible, no place for impressions nor expressions.
Sepia effect + vignette added later in Lightroom of course
What I wanted to achieve this time
- FINISH THE WORK (A3 size)
- be quick while observing and while drawing, reducing unnecessary details at the beginning
- extremely important: proportions and a style
- crop the right frame
- taking care of the line thickness
- reduce excessive shading at the beginning, I left -most- of the shadows to the end of work
- follow the flow, relax the hand and mind
What went wrong
4 and 5 didn’t work. AGAIN I couldn’t break away from that photo framing style and instead of using some relative measurements I scaled the figure proportionally (!!!).
Second, I have chosen a 2H pencil or similar, but didn’t really check if that 2H is really hard. And it wasn’t. I realized that too late, as you can see on the drawing, there are too many lines of a similar thickness.
I tried to fix that later using eraser, but it’s not the same. For the final touches I used a graphite stick and 4B pencil.
Below there are few snapshots from that classes, wo what do you think??. Thanks for the visit!
A true open air work, no cheating.