Faces on Friday: Figure Study

February 18, 2011

Sincerest apologies to my friends, who hopefully can’t recognize themselves because the drawings don’t look anything like them anyway. No – you really don’t look like that. I promise.  

If you ever get the chance to go to a figure study session – DO IT! The people there don’t care how good or bad you are. It is a fantastic way to get better. I’m finding quite some improvement in just a few sessions.

It begins with 30 second poses. They go by so fast I feel like I barely have time to get marks on the paper. Fantastic warm ups!

Next are the one minute poses. I’ve improved enough that I can get the form. I just can’t get the whole thing on one piece of paper yet. I’m going to go get a really, really BIG sketch pad before the next time.

Five and ten minute poses give enough time to work harder on getting lines and proportions right.

After a break the 20 minute poses seem like a treasure. Unless things start going wrong – then it’s an eternity. When that happened I simply chose a really hard feature like hands and feet and switched to working on just that.

This is my favorite. Roughed in with a pencil then lines laid in with a japanese brush pen. It occurred to me the other day that I could fill a waterbrush with india ink at half the price of the refill cartridges.

So which is your favorite? And – have you been drawing faces too? Put your links in the comments and I’d LOVE to come take a look!

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    Jane LaFazio
    February 21, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    you're doing so good!!!

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    Carol Sloan
    February 19, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    I like the one with her back to you also – must be the nice shading on it that is catching our eye.
    Great job! I might have to go and try that here in Greenville SC.

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    Melly Testa
    February 19, 2011 at 12:50 am

    What a progression of ease. Fabulous post, Lyric.

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    February 18, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Wonderful Lyric, I've seen the benefit of figure drawing classes!

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    February 18, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    ah yes Jeannie – but if you drew a picture of your cats once per day while they were sleeping – you WOULD be able to by the end of the year! You can do it!!!!

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    February 18, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    I love the one with the model's back to you. They are all good and you are so brave! I can't even draw my cats when they are sleeping. LOL! Have a wonderful weekend, Lyric.

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    February 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    I really enjoyed seeing you figure drawing session – from the 30 min. to the 20 min. So few people post these on their blogs – I'm glad to have company.

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