Drawing the Model
10 Steps to an Expressive Drawing
MISSION: To find a hidden gem out of an ordinary pose
- I used 8×10 grey paper ( you can use any size and color that you want)
- Digital Tools: Round Soft Pastel, Pointed Stump, Real 6B Soft Pencil
- Now draw a format square off center (for a unique composition I drew a 7×7 square and drew into that shape )
- Use 2 fingers on each hand to create a frame and discover a new and unique image (Your fingers are your viewfinder)
- Now move your viewfinder around Model N above and look for contrasts of light and dark, tone and texture
- Next draw from your new cropped area of focus using pastels, stump and pencil ( ideas: look at the hands, look at the feet, crop off the head, draw only 1 side of the face, etc.)
- Use a pastel of the paper color to draw over where you want to make changes. (this means I used a grey pastel)
- Do not erase. Leave the history of some of your marks (those marks activate the drawing)
- Draw a group of different croppings. Draw for 20-30 minutes and take a break. Models are usually hired for a 3 hour session with 10 minute breaks. Being a hungry person I take one longer break to eat cookies
- You now have about 4 drawings that are unique statements of your subject, and you should be happy with at least one
DIGITAL vs TRADITIONAL:
I’ve done this drawing digitally using Corel Painter 11
It definitely can be done in the traditional way with traditional media
The benefit of digital drawing is that I can save my work every 5 to 10 minutes and go back to an earlier version
The disadvantage : I don’t have an original that I can hand to someone. I have to print out my piece.
The bottom-line : JUST DRAW 🙂
Now it’s your turn.
Leave a comment with a link to some of your drawings.
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