Project – Proportions

Exercise – Quick poses

Quick (5-10 minute) sketches of different poses. These were done with a few different models at a life drawing class. The first in each series always suffers until I get into the swing of it.

Quick sketches 1Quick sketches 2Quick sketches 3Quick sketches 4Quick sketches 5Quick sketches 62 Quick Sketches 12 Quick Sketches 2

Exercise – The longer pose

Sketches of a longer pose. Again, I have done a number of these at the life drawing class.


This was the first drawing I did at the life drawing class – I haven’t measured properly in this image, especially in the location of the eyes.

Note:- Looking back on this drawing at the end of this stage, I have just read Betty Edwards book ‘Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain’ and it is interesting that I have done what she found all her students doing in making the features too big on the face and positioning the eyes too high, because that is what the brain “sees” – if only I had read her book earlier!


My second attempt – a much more incomplete drawing because I spent a lot longer measuring for this one.

2 Measured

My third attempt – measured and getting closer to be a complete drawing, but still a long way off!

Check and log

Have you managed to make a complete statement in this time? What were your main problems?

  • No. The quick poses suffer from being quick and giving limited time to measure, and can only really be outlines in the time allowed. For the longer poses, I need to spend a lot of time measuring the parts of the body at the moment, along with making corrections, etc., so don’t have enough time to make a complete statement in the time.
  • Some poses I was trying to draw were not very easy to do as they didn’t have many points of reference, so this may have contributed to the incomplete drawing.

How well have you captured the characteristics of the pose?

  • I think I’ve captured them reasonably well with the longer poses.

Do the proportions look right? If not, how will you try to improve this?

  • I’m quite pleased with the proportions for the second and third longer poses. I spent most of my time measuring, checking angles, correcting, etc. + returning the model to the pose after the break didn’t fit perfectly to the position before the break which made it tricky.
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