Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Life Drawing - Lizz in Symmetry

Tuesday Nights, I teach a Life Drawing Workshop at Sony, for the artists and animators to practice their old school drawing techniques.

the Mirrored Image Exercise:

Symmetric 10 minute poses. Our model, Lizz, posed for 10 minutes, then turned 90° or 180°, so we could draw her from the other side for another 10 minutes.

The object of the exercise is to get a sense of the figures dimensionality. Parts of the figure hidden in one pose are revealed in the next. The artists use the first drawing as a size reference, while developing the second drawing.

Keeping the light in the same position helps the artists see the light and shadows change as the model moves. This gives them a chance to indicate how the lighting changes on the same figure. If everything works out, the result is a symmetric image with the same light source.

I sit with the artists and demonstrate each exercise right along side them. Hopefully, learning by osmosis is possible.

10 minute demo drawing done with colored pencil on 50 pound Canson sketch paper, 18" x 24", by Graham Smith.

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