Project 4: The human form

The aim of this project is to draw parts of the human figure, observing the underlying structure of the limbs and create a drawing which leads the eye of the viewer into the overlapping twists and turns of limbs to create a powerful statement.

I enjoy life drawing and decided to leave my ink experiments for a while and do these drawings with charcoal which I am more confident in using to describe form.

I focussed in on overlapping limbs for these drawings and enjoyed trying to capture their shape and form.

LD3

There is not enough tonal variation in this drawing and the composition is not very interesting

LD4

I think I have captured the hands and crossed legs well here, but the composition doesn’t work, both with the drawing petering out at the edges and also the horizontal arms and leg being depicted in a portrait format.

LD2

I am pleased with how this one has worked out. The bottom on the left hand side is the least successful area, but I think the covered foot and shape of the leg works well.

LD1

I spent my time focussing on the hands in this drawing, so I didn’t have enough time to complete the upper part of the drawing. I think the composition of this works well though and would have been quite a powerful drawing if it was completed.

LD5

Another hand! I usually leave hands and feet unresolved as they are tricky to get right, but I think this one has worked out quite well. I think the composition works well here and shows a good sense of form.

Reflection

I enjoy depicting the form of a figure in life drawing and I think most of my attempts here have been quite successful. Cropping the picture plane to include just a section of interesting shapes can work well, although attention needs to be given to whether limbs (arms and legs) will work being only drawn in part.

Research Point – Prunella Clough Tate Archive

Looking at the Prunella Clough Tate archive reinforces many of the projects in this stage, cropping images, inspiration from the mundane, the bold use of colour. She took uninteresting / unobserved scenes and trainformed them into artworks. It is particularly interesting to see her photo collection which acted as inspiration for her work. This is something I used to build up, but since turning my back on photography, have let slip. I will have to resurrect this habit.

I have picked out a couple of her images I particularly like:

© estate of Prunella Clough. All rights reserved, DACS 2017. Photo credit: Arts Council Collection

© estate of Prunella Clough. All rights reserved, DACS 2017. Photo credit: Arts Council Collection

I like the use here of a textured/patterned background with a small section of detailed painting and colour. I think this could work well with my water and ink drawings in moving them to a bigger scale.

© estate of Prunella Clough. All rights reserved, DACS 2017. Photo credit: Tate

© estate of Prunella Clough. All rights reserved, DACS 2017. Photo credit: Tate

Rusty metal always strikes a chord with me. Again, the use of a lightly patterned background which is left blank in much of the image works well and the small section of colour really stands out. I always wonder how artists ‘see’ images like this, so maybe I will try to create my own in this style and see how I get on.

A very interesting artist to look at and one I will take inspiration from.

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