Figure Drawing 24th November /1st December

Last Monday’s drawing lesson was based on figure drawing and portraiture. We started by the class getting split into two groups, in each group we had a volunteer to pose, while everyone else was to draw them. The idea of this exercise was that each person in the group would work on everyone else’s figure drawings. We stood in a circle around the model, and after a minute of drawing, we all moved a place to the left, and started drawing for a minute on the work of the person next to us, and so on until we were back to our own drawing. The result of these drawings were really interesting, it is a much freer style of drawing because when you’re working on a piece of work that isn’t your own, your less restricted in what you’re doing. We did this exercise twice, once in just pencil and another in colour. I preferred the colour drawings, because each person had a different colour, and at the end, each addition to the drawing is visible.

Group figure drawing, Pencil.

Group figure drawing, Pencil.

Group figure drawing, colour.

Group figure drawing, colour.

The second part of the day included two different tasks, the first was that we were to split into pairs and draw portraits of our partners; the first drawing was a quick 5 minute drawing where we were told not to look at the paper we were drawing on, and then a 10 minute drawing where our partner modelled for us. We then started on an A1 charcoal self-portrait. I’m usually not fond of using charcoal but I really liked using it this time, because I was able to use the residue charcoal to shade the face, making shadows that made the face look real.

Today’s drawing lesson was based around Mother of Africa, taking inspiration from their lives and textile traditions to make our own square for a Mothers of Africa quilt. Using the idea that we took from African textiles and pattern, we painted onto the A1 charcoal portraits we made last week, then deconstructed and reconstructed.

Reconstructed self-portrait, African inspired patterns.

Reconstructed self-portrait, African inspired patterns.


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