Tuesday, December 01, 2009
I did a demo on Sunday, and my friends Mark McDonnell and Nicolas Villarreal were kind enough to take some pictures. This shows my initial lay-in when I'm doing a figure drawing. I begin with long flowing lines, and build my shapes up in terms of design and not anatomy.
(I should also note that these drawings were done out of my head, and no model was present for this demonstration.)
I begin to build my shapes by focusing on the rhythm of the pose.
At this point I probably stopped to blather on about something, fortunately long enough for Nicolas to take a picture without my arm being in the way. These drawings don't take more than about five minutes (maybe seven minutes including my talking), so Nicolas had to be quick.
I continue building the shapes, but this time using my understanding of anatomy.
I have to say I was very impressed by the number of people that were interested in my approach to figure drawing. My approach makes sense to me, and it seemed to resonate with the people listening. I was heartened to see such eager minds taking an interest in something seemingly so perfunctory -- but a necessary part of design.
Here's a screen shot from the overhead video camera. It was squashed in perspective, so I had to unsquash it to present it to you here -- hence there is still a little bit of distortion. Now, this isn't the same drawing I was working on in the photos above, but I managed to give three demos during my presentation, and this was one of the other demos.