The final figure drawing session at ChiPRC is drawing close. We spent the last six months focusing part-by-part on the human anatomy. Our exploration is almost complete, and it will be a good time to take a hiatus.
We will finish the series on June 14th by studying the most difficult and complex aspects of the human body: the hands and feet. Even veteran artists struggle with these appendages. This is your chance to take in the details with a static model.
As always, our fantastic model will give us a wide variety of poses. The poses will gradually double in length, beginning with quick gesture poses. However, the session will culminate with a set of long poses that specifically highlight the hands and feet.
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I should also mention the final Faces Only session, which takes place the day before. It is a companion to the Figure Drawing session, because our portraits will include faces and hands. The face and hands are the most expressive parts of a subject, and they work well together in a composition. They can reveal an emotional state or even tell a story….
We will begin our session by exploring anatomical reference photos and making sketches. Then, the real fun begins! Artists take on a dual role at Faces Only, modelling for one another even as they are drawing. It is a fun and practical way to exercise your portrait skills without having to feel awkward about it….
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Figure Drawing Breakthrough
It’s never too late for a breakthrough! The second-to-last Figure Drawing session was on May 10. At this session, I finally managed to bring my own unique style into my work. In the past, I had a hard time letting go of my art school training. A level of realism that I don’t normally utilize became my crutch.
I’ve been so inspired by the work of our other artists over the several months. Many of them bring to the table a fresh approach and unique style. They don’t abandon their personal aesthetic just because a live model is present. Instead, they find a way to describe the image in front of them using their own voice.
I tried to do just that last night, and I think I succeeded. I described the shadows on the model’s body using Kirby-esque shapes. I incorporated the digital tone that I love to see. And I combined two poses into one composition to recall the familiar theme of splitting.
The Figure Drawing series may be almost over, but I will certainly carry this breakthrough to other projects and workshops. Perhaps I will even push the level of abstraction further as I gain confidence….