For the past 3 weeks of my drawing course, we have been practicing the art of draftmanship using still life. We learnt about how to arrange the still life (In a triangular, curved, or diagonal pattern), and how to use draftmanship to get the proportions correct on the page. At the end of this ‘unit’, we practiced gestures and foreshortening using a model. This was my first time drawing a live model, and it was a very interesting experience

It has been a really steep and extremely useful learning curve.

I have gone through nearly a pad of paper during class, but most of the sketches are EXTREMELY rough, so here are some of the more-completed drafts that I have been working on. All of these drawings are on 18 x 24 inch cartridge paper

1.This was a still life using black charcoal pencil. When I got the angles and proportions correct, I decided to outline it, but my professor gave me feedback that the lines were too thick. I tried to improve that for future drawings

2. This was a still life using a sepia conte pencil. This was my first time using it, so I experimented with the shading after (Shading hasn’t been covered in class, and we’re not really supposed to be focusing on it at this point). I LOVED the pencil, and I am really excited about trying out more drawings with it. I’m not sure if this is clear, but this picture has a small box, a tray, a squash, a crab, some grapes, a plum, a candle stand, and a sheet of music notes. A triangular pattern was used for this still life setup

3. This was another still life of a small statue. One half had a layer of skin pulled off, and the other half had a layer of skin and a layer of muscles removed. I used black HB conte pencil. I like the conte more than the charcoal for thin lines, because it doesn’t smudge as much.

4. The next two drawings are from the “model” class. I used sanguine conte chalk for this drawing. I liked the chalk for the rough lines, and finally got the hang of keeping the lines really light. If you are interested in seeing them, click on the links below.


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