Update: November 2015

If you follow this blog, you will have noticed an absence of posts during the past year or so. For a number of reasons, I decided to leave the OCA in 2014. However, I… Continue reading

Exercise 52: Stance

Look for the centre of gravity in a standing figure. Mark the central axis in your sketches. Change poses every 2-5 minutes.  Fairly self-explanatory sketches, these. All were standing poses, all took in… Continue reading

Check and log: Form

Were you able to maintain a focus on proportion at the same time as creating a sense of weight and three-dimensional form? I focused, albeit not always successfully! Overall, I think the proportions… Continue reading

Exercise 51: Essential elements

Draw a sequence of 6 different poses, lasting ten minutes each. Look at darks and lights, shapes, weight, proportions, and foreshortening. Draw the whole figure, and don’t fiddle with detail. I enjoyed the… Continue reading

Exercise 50: Essential shapes

This exercise asked for a variety of seated poses at slight angles, noting any twists or bends, lines of movement, or foreshortening. As a preface to each drawing, I made a quick sketch… Continue reading

Check and log: Proportions

Have you managed to make a complete statement in this time? What were your main problems? Yes, in terms of overall shape. The figures are all readable as such. The main problem was… Continue reading

Protected: Exercise 49: The longer pose

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Exercise 48: Quick poses

This exercise began with a series of 2 minute sketches (see above and below). Although I’ve had some experience of life drawing, I found these sketches felt stilted, possibly because I was working… Continue reading

Assignment 3: Tutor report

Here is the tutor report for Assignment 3.  My responses are typed in blue italics.  ____________________________   Overall Comments Thank you for your submission for Drawing 1, Assignment 3. It is clear that… Continue reading

28 Days Later

I’m taking part in the 28 Days Later drawing challenge, which takes place online each year in February. It’s my first time and, unlike many of the participants, I’m not working with a… Continue reading