So drawing challenge number 6 was to design a character using a random character generator. I think this is a great idea as it makes you think outside the box and go out of your comfort zone.
This is what I got from the generator:
And here’s the sketch I came up with:
I plan to do a cleaned up and coloured version of this princely lion tomorrow so watch this space…
Challenge number 5 was to draw lots of figures, quick sketches and silhouettes. I used an online tool (http://lovecastle.org/draw/) which gives you a slideshow of images and you can set a timer so that the image will change after a certain number of seconds. This is great for doing quick sketches if you’re not able to get to a class with a live model. I warmed up doing 30 second poses and then moved onto 1 minute poses. The challenge was to do at least 20 drawings but here’s one page of the ones I felt came out best.
I’ve had a couple of days break from the drawing challenge but I got back to it yesterday with challenge number 4 which was to draw a part of the human anatomy you have trouble with 20 times, at least 5 being skeletal / musculature studies.
I chose hands because I often find them challenging to draw and because they are so expressive and versatile, the amount of poses which you can create with hands seems almost endless.
I love abstract images; I think it’s amazing how composition, texture, pattern and colour all come together to create an image which is engaging and can even evoke emotion in the viewer despite not being of anything recognisable. So when I saw some beautiful abstract photographs created by taking close ups of coloured paper I decided to have a go myself. This was a simple and fun technique to try, I made interesting shapes using various coloured papers held together with paper clips and tried different lighting approaches including backlighting the paper with a light box. Here are some of my favourite shots.
My top tips if you want to have a go at this technique:
- Experiment! Try different colour combinations, different lighting, different shapes, different shooting angles, etc.
- Use a macro lens (or macro attachment e.g. extension tubes) if possible. To begin with I tried a few shots with my 18 – 55mm lens but it just wasn’t possible to get close enough and using the macro setting on my telephoto lens yielded much better results.
- Use a tripod and remote release. Although you could shoot handheld using a tripod and triggering the shutter remotely (or using the self timer) will eliminate camera shake and enable you to achieve sharp images.
If you like my images prints are available to purchase via my online store (at present I am only able to deliver within the UK)
Day 3 of my drawing challenge, the task was to draw a figure in action, here’s my drawing and the reference photograph:
So it’s day 2 of my drawing challenge and today’s exercise was to draw a figure from a reference. Here’s my drawing and the reference image I worked from.