Thursday, 24 January 2008

Drawing Week: January pt. 10: multiple models

Thursday's session was the first time I was presented with the specific task of drawing more than one model in the same environment.


The aim of these exercises was to capture a sense of the studio space as well as drawing the forms as we usually do with a single model, only this time with two key models plus an indication of the supporting forms in our periphery.

With only 30 mins allocated for each setting, I tried to establish what I considered the most important elements in each pose. eg. the angle of the hips of the model on the right and clarifying which leg she's using to support most of her weight. The twist of her torso, line of her spine to her head came second, and helped describe her posture and establish a sens eof her weight further. Whether or not it's all anatomically correct, pictorially the pose is somewhat believable, or at least, clear.

Likewise with the male model sitting on the left. I felt the feeling of weight as he sat on the box and the slight lean forward were the bare essentials of the pose. Any sense of the space around them would be lost were it not for the size of the models relating and the reduced scale of the background character supporting the vague hint of depth in the picture.


Similarly, the easels and characters in the background of this drawing help it compositionally - keeping the key models in the foreground and ensuring the viewer's eyes bounce between them as they travel around the page and not wander off.

While much more challenging than drawing a single model, these exercises are incredibly useful in understanding what does and doesn't work pictorially, and how important organisation is when attempting to create an appealing drawing.

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