Loosely sketch some of the structures that make up the human body. Look for images online and in the library and use your own body as reference. Work in your sketchbooks to help you understand the body’s measurements and mechanics – for example the length of each part of a finger in relation to the other fingers, thumb and hand, the shape of the knee when the leg is bent or straight, the shape of the toes when the foot is relaxed or stretched, etc…
Looking closely, work upwards; start with your toes, sketching them in several positions, then do the same for the feet, ankles, calves, knees, thighs, hips, torso, shoulders, arms, elbows, hands, neck, and skull, until you have pages of small studies of the individual parts that make up your own body.
I used my own body for these sketches, drawing with and without mirrors.
Feet and toes, using a HB pencil.
Ankle, knee, leg and calf, using a joiner’s pencil.
Thigh and midriff (I really need to lose some weight!), torso, arm and hand, using a joiner’s pencil.
Neck and head, facials, elbow and wrist, using a joiner’s pencil.
Shoulder, thumb & forefinger, hand, thumb and curled finger, using a graphite stick block.
Hand and head, showing proportions, using a 2H pencil.
I still have a tendency to overwork lines, to the extent that some are no more than black blurs – a lighter touch is required.
Stuart Brownlee – 512319
17 December 2015