It’s time to draw the figure! Use the rhythms method I showed in the previous lesson to draw the poses from the photo references in the downloads tab.
Deadline for submissions to be included in the video critique is 10/6/2023.
- Capture the gesture of each pose using rhythms.
- Spend at least 5 minutes on each pose, ideally 1-2 hours per session. Take breaks as needed.
- Shoot for accurate proportions by eyeballing placement of the rhythms. Have an idea of where the line will end before you execute the line.
- Use the the template as a starting point, but observe the pose. Remember that each pose might have some of their own unique rhythms that differ from the template I proposed. This will develop your own rhythms over time.
- Balance loose, energetic lines with more committed singular lines. Don't let it get too messy. Consider what we've learned about line quality.
There are a few ways to make this more challenging. Mix and match based on your comfort and experience.
- Set a timer for 5 minutes to force yourself to draw only the most important rhythms.
- If that's too easy, go for 3 minutes.
- Practice developing the overhand grip.
- Try charcoal pencils (sharpened like a bullet) on newsprint paper.
- Add another layer of smaller rhythms indicating the muscle masses. You can add some time to the clock.