For this week’s lesson, we were to draw two poses in two opposite directions. Our teacher felt that this would push us more, as many of us in the class tend to work in the same places in the room every week. Ultimately meaning that we produce very similar pieces each week (we don’t get variety in terms or angle of drawing).
I struggled greatly with my first drawing, as I couldn’t get the piece cohesive. While the far arm and (model’s) right side of the body seem to show the strong angle of his standing direction and slight raise in stance, I couldn’t produce the same results for the head. This was a very frustrating piece to draw, even more-so in that I don’t normally struggle when it comes to drawing heads of human figures. I also found problems in keeping the drawing in proportion; I couldn’t step back and see this when working as I was so involved in “fixing” my sketch.
I am much fonder of my second drawing, feeling that not only is it much better drawn, it was fun and challenging to do as a life drawing piece. I found the more I worked into it, the less I began to worry about how it was coming along, and I think this produced the best possible result for me. I am particularly pleased with the angles of the figure in this drawing, because they make for a very visually interesting picture and really emphasize his stance.