Figure Drawing Assignments (NSFW)

Tonight, I’ll be posting more pieces from my Figure Drawing class, this time from the in-class assignments.  There are a lot of gestural drawings, which were done in a matter of minutes, if not seconds; and a few pieces where the models were posed in more relaxed positions, for which there was more time to draw.

The first few weeks were pretty simple, and the gestural drawings we did in class were of fellow students, still fully clothed.  Early in the semester, we were eased into the gestural drawings with slightly more generous time constraints.  For the first drawing, we had two minutes, then a minute and a half, then one minute, and on the last piece, we had thirty seconds.  These times were shortened up as the semester went along.

The first week or so, our gestural drawings were all done in ink.  I suppose this was done to train us into drawing without the thought of erasing.  Once we had gotten past that, we were allowed to use pencil for our gestural drawings.

We were then given the combination of pencil and ink, only to have any drawing instrument whatsoever taken away the next week.  We basically had to capture gestures and poses by dipping our fingers into ink, and finger-painting.

We then did some work in charcoal, followed by some work in ink wash.

All the while, we had more gestural drawings going at a regular pace.

Along the way, we were given a little more time on some pieces.

We were given a couple of pieces were we had to imagine horizontal lines running across the body, and use that to define the curvature of the subjects.

Did I mention we had a steady diet of gestural drawings?

We were also given full class periods to do certain pieces.

And what would an Art class be without a self-portrait?

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