Journey 6.5: mannequin
Hello I am back with another batch of art practice sketches of the mannequin. These past few weeks have been very tough in regards to my art journey but I’m still here. Some of the drawings were done via imagination however there were some with poses and these were the poses I used. I decided to continue the mannequin because I still feel that there is something I’m missing. I don’t feel confident to move on yet and want to truly have a good grasp on form and stuff. However I will be simultaneously studying heads as per a Reddit course I’m following so those who are following me on this journey will be seeing tons of loomis heads and portraits. Anyways hope for some critiques and thanks.
I will say again that I like all the gesture you put into your figures, but, You don't want to go so far that the figure is out of balance. Also, you have to pay attention to the perspective of the limbs, especially the legs, because what you have is confusing were the legs are facing. Be careful to make sure the weight is over the proper leg, because it will effect the hips and the balance of the figure. I did some sketches to show you what I noticed about your drawings, and make sure you keep your shapes simple- boxes, tubes and spheres. I hope this helps :)
Hey sorry for the late reply and thanks for the advice I very much appreciate it. Right now I’m having a hard time because I wanted to exaggerate these poses so I opted to try Mattesi’s force drawings so that’s why my art is so messy. However I’m having difficulty trying to manquinize it because the body is pushed so much. Basically what I was doing here was trying to learn how to push my volumes to fit the gesture. If u have any advice on this please provide me with it I’m really frustrated and confused and just don’t know what to do anymore. Thanks again and hope your art journey of going well.
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@Steve Lenze @Jesper Axelsson please once again I ask for some critiques and thanks for last session. Hope you’re doing well in your art journeys.
I think your mannequins look good. I'm assuming you've been spending a lot of time on the exercise, so move on to the next lesson! Staying on the same exercise for too long can really build up some frustration. Try to think of practicing fundamentals as something circular. Fundamentals of figure drawing will always be there to be worked on. They are fundamental. I recently got back inte gesture and strucure, but under a different approach and with all my understanding of anatomy, values, animation, shape design, behind me. Of course there are things missing in your drawings, and expect there to be in all exercises. Knowing how fast to move forward can be tricky, which is why you need help from others. It would be interesting to hear about your "schedule". Not necessarily what time of day you work, but how much time you have to spend on the figure drawing course in the week, and how many weeks you spend on each lesson in the course. If you share that I might be able to give a recommendation on how to structure your practice. Btw. What are your goals? What type of work do you want to be able to create? Do you want to be an animator? Plein-air painter? Figurative artist? Something else? Cheers!
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