Coffee breakPosted: April 4, 2016
I had to take a little break from blogging over the weekend because the grading of student projects was piling up. But I finished a good chunk of them and felt freer to spend a bit of time in McDonald’s today during a break between classes.
My struggle with figure drawing is a long and well-documented (by me) one. When I started sketching 4 1/2 years ago, I was self-conscious about drawing in public, especially when drawing people. I got over that ages ago, but I still struggle with making people look both (a) human and (b) three-dimensional. In fact, the one drawing I didn’t post from this morning is a sketch of man who turned out looking like Dracula. Today I used a brush pen, and tried not to worry too much about mistakes. You can see where I corrected the arm on the man with the green tuque. And if you are wondering where to place your first mark on the page, I still use a technique I learned from Melanie Reim at an Urban Sketchers symposium years ago: draw the line of the spine first and then everything will fit in from there.