Thoughts on Style
Posted on Mar 15th, 2010 in random thoughts
I have been attending figure drawing sessions every Wednesday night for almost 6 months. Up until now, the goal has been to capture exactly what I see in front of me. Realism has always been attractive to me, what is the ultimate goal? I suppose I won’t be happy with my drawings until they look exactly like photographs. But then, why not just take a photograph and be done with it? What does me sitting and drawing a figure accomplish? I’ve been neglecting to think about what I can add to the image to make it something that could only come from me.
So, I sat down tonight to do a motion study (right) based on one of my figure drawings from last week (left). I focused on things like how gravity is affecting the body. Where are the major stress points? Where does the energy flow? How can I represent this in an image? What I ended up with was something that was anatomically incorrect, but much more interesting to look at. I’m going to take what I discovered tonight to this week’s figure drawing session. Hopefully in another 6 months I can merge it with anatomical correctness.