Life Drawing Assignments

Since the start of the semester, I’ve been given multiple different life drawing tasks to complete in my own time. This type of work includes; drawing well known characters from animations, drawing from real life references, and focusing on form/balance. Some of this work can be viewed below.

As this semester seemed to focus on head and their construction, I took advantage of this and decided to draw faces from the book ‘The Complete Guide to Illustration by Peter Gray. I started with a basic circular sketch for the skull, then the jaw. After this, I mapped out lines on the face to drawn in facial features after ward. Finally, I completed the drawing with a thicker line. I really enjoy draw faces so I quite enjoyed this task.
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The image below shows my exploration of form; I used a fellow class mate in the same room as a reference. To start, I draw out a basic square shape for the seat of the chair, then I proceeded to draw a line of action for my model, then I filled in the basic form and detail. I quite liked this exercise as I could happily spend as long as I pleased drawing until I was satisfied with the outcome.
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The image below is based on the character George from Pixar’s animated short ‘Paper Man’. Whilst drawing this character, I started with a box showing the position of the head, then the skull and jaw. As I’d regularly not use a box when drawing heads, this method was quite foreign to me. As the design was essentially a caricature, I was also able to make use of drawing basic shapes for details like the nose and ears.
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Below is a drawing based on the character Pinocchio. This exercise explored stance, weight, and movement. I found this quite difficult as the character had seriously contorted his body and I had to ensure all the proportions were correct. I started with a line of action, then proceeded to include basic shapes.
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The exercise below focused on a head rotation of the character Pinocchio. Once again, whilst drawing this, the box method of drawing heads was quite foreign to me and I struggling with it. One of my main barriers was running out of space on my page; this meant I couldn’t draw a complete head and some of my proportions had to be forced in. Additionally, Pinocchio never appears to be viewed from a complete profile view so I found this sketch quite jarring and difficult.
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The next three sketches focused on balance. To convey balance, I felt that it would be more enjoyable and beneficial to draw ballerinas; these type of dancers are renowned for their balance and grace. As always, I initially started with line of action then proceeded to fill in the form with basic shapes; I found this quite enjoyable the most of the figures were female (with more curvaceous figures) and also due to the interesting positions that the woman stood. I found myself relying on the blunt peice of my conte to make my initial mapping of the figures, then a pointier end of my conte to draw detail. Finally, this exercise highlighted to me the importance of appreciating and applying knowledge of human anatomy.
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The exercise below focused on working with facial expression. I used my own face as a reference so that I could explore facial expressions I was most interested in. With this task, I ensured that I contorted my face in numerous different ways to explore a multitude of expressions. Additionally, I excluded the entirety of the skull as I was focusing on the face. Unlike other drawings, I started out with a pencil to draw my initial sketch (this included mapping out lines for eyes, mouth, nose, and facial structure etc) then I filled in the final detail with an inky pen; I did did this because I preferred how clean and finalised the drawing looked. Furthermore, elements like hair and make up were also included for stylistic reasons.
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