This figure drawing was produced over a total of about two weeks and provided a really enjoyable learning experience for me. The early stages of the drawing progressed fairly quickly and I was able to establish a strong sense of gesture and good proportions. Pleasingly, the portrait also came together without too much of a struggle. That allowed me to spend plenty of time focusing on the anatomy and values. The structure of the bony parts were the most difficult areas, the knees in particular. The solution here (along with the hand and wrist), was to get very specific and structural - which is so often the case with these complex areas.
I learnt much during this drawing about modelling in the lighter planes, such as the chest and abdomen, and about turning edges in order to provide the illusion of volume.
I would like to focus, in my next drawing, on the careful observation of planes and angle breaks - which are two elements I feel would really benefit my drawing.
Ben Laughton Smith
Aspiring artist, training in the classical tradition.