Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Weighted Figure

Something new at figure drawing class last week: the weighted figure. Nicolaides explains (in his book The Natural Way to Draw) a technique for indicating volume of the figure. Start with a stick figure, or imagine a metal armature and draw the shape of the pose in simple lines. Then, using the side of the charcoal, add the volume of the shape over the line drawing. I liked the feeling of my drawing with this method. Too often, I feel like I've drawing a beautiful dimensional head that's attached to a paper doll body. This approach helped me see the roundness of the form.

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