My first attempts to use tone in the life drawing class back in the mid October. Later, I did more of these, which was quite enjoyable. I’m trying to draw tonally for my current project too, but it’s more tricky when working from imagination.
Observational sketches from the first module done in an A5 sketchbook. I started placing people in context, interacting with each other and various objects. Drawing environment was challenging and it will take time to master perspective. You can see the funny proportions of people in the fourth sketch. However, I enjoyed drawing in museums and decided to continue with it for the sequential image module.
For my third life drawing class, I worked in an A4 sketchbook observing the interaction between the model and students. I found this much more interesting and relevant to my course.
Today was the final crit of the first module: Observation & Experiment. Six weeks are over, but observational sketching will definitely continue as part of the research for the second part of the semester. I personally like the sketches of animals and kids the most out of the 9 sketchbooks I managed to fill, but it was good to challenge myself and draw various things.
Sketches from Shepreth Wildlife Park near Cambridge back in October. Despite the harsh wind, it was really enjoyable. I miss sketching real animals, but it’s too cold now to draw outside.
Selection of sketches from the first two life drawing classes. The last time I sketched a nude was more than a year ago. I thought I’d work on human anatomy during these free sessions and used an A3 size paper for this purpose. However, I was advised to treat the life drawing just as any other observational sketch I make in my sketchbook for this first module with a focus on my theme, which is interaction.
Worked with pencil a lot after my first crit. One of the tutors suggested to treat structure the same way as figures and use a confident line. I focused on action at the beginning but soon learned that giving people context for interaction is just as important.
One week is left for the first module of my MA course and bunch of sketches are waiting to be scanned and uploaded! These were from my pocket sketchbook I carried around for sneaky drawings during the first two weeks. I later got used to sketching in public and turned to larger formats.
During the first week of my studies, I experimented with different tools. Here I used soft graphite and wax pencils. These observations received positive feedback unlike my previous stuff with a brush pen. Thanks to my little sister for her patience :)
4-6 October, Cambridge. These were my observations after I chose a sketching theme for the first module of the MA Children’s Book Illustration. I’ll study the different ways of interaction among people, animals and their environment. I used a brush pen and approached sketching in a rather impatiently painterly way. However, my tutors advised me to use a pencil and focus on slow observation in a comfortable environment.