I’ve gotten back into the habit of doing life drawing again lately, so I decided I would start posting them up here for you folks to have a look at. These were done last month, and they were my first foray back into life drawing after at least a year off. You can really see me trying hard to get my brain back into life drawing mode with these.
Which is fine, because that’s part of drawing sometimes. You swap your brain into different modes for different jobs and occasions.
I like the challenge provided by drawing from life. Especially since I’ve spent a lot of time doing cartoony stuff recently. And to be fair, even my life drawing tends to get a little cartoony most times, but there is a certain way I approach it that’s different from when I’m drawing characters out of my head.
Even though these drawings are somewhat cartoony, I try hard to use life drawing as an opportunity to observe light, and the human form as best I can.
But I also try not to get too caught up in doing tight renderings.
Half the fun of life drawing for me is the sense of spontaneity it allows me to keep in my art. Especially because most poses don’t last longer than 15 minutes.
Of course, as you can see in the drawing above, not every drawing is a winner, and I sometimes get distracted after I realized I’ve completely botched a pose. I’ll usually doodle in the margins until the time is up.
If it’s a really long pose, sometimes I’ll finish a full body sketch, and then move on to individual studies of things I think I need more work on(read: Hands).
Part two coming on Monday!