So today I tried to extend myself and draw more of the figure (rather than just the head). I also wanted to use some markers for colour as yesterday I found the wet paint restricted my ability to turn the page and keep sketching.
This is what I wrote on Instagram this morning:
Continuing to push myself for #oneweek100people2017 – today it was markers and more of the figure (rather than just faces) but this cafe is a bit too quiet. I am rushing more today and thinking about the colour, is meaning that I’m not as careful with my lines. But it’s all forward progress! Even if I’m not as happy with the result – the flow is there. So the goal is to work out what is the next aspect to research and learn about.
All my thoughts are included in the notes on the sketches, but the big takeaway for me today was that I really need to get on to some research into drawing the full figure and the figure moving. Yes, I want to look more carefully at the features and improve my portraits, but to be more versatile I need to switch to looking at the whole person. To achieve some improvement in that regard I need to put away the colour so I can just focus on improving my observation and capturing the gestures.
Here is a little research from Thor’s book on the different walking poses. Drawing this out and making my own emphasis(the heavy black lines) has helped a lot.
Day 4 Tip: If you are unhappy with your sketches, take some time to look at some books and draw/write some notes. It will make a big difference to how you see and that will in turn improve your drawings.
I have to admit that this week has been so crazy (both all the social media engagement and my workload) and tomorrow I am teaching and doing some workshop prep. So I am glad that I only have 9 to go.
How are you going? Seeing steady improvement? Or is it up and down? Are you doing any research each day?