Open Life Drawing at Theydon Bois


Half an hour just to get these lines in. Not clicking into place today.

I went to Theydon Bois open life drawing class on Saturday morning.

The Model Is 8 months pregnant so she was an unusual form to draw. I was feeling quite confident after a successful excursion to draw statues. However I really struggled on this occasion with scale and proportion. I made mark after mark but it just wasn’t clicking into place between my eye and my hand. I noticed it was hard not being able to see the rib cage and pelvis. These make nice neat sections to draw in first. The two drawing here are made on A1 grey paper. I had intended to use it as a mid tone and use charcoal pencil and Wight pastel for high lights. How ever it took me the entire pose just to get the main body and limbs in. These are the two long poses of half an hour each.


Struggling with proportions. Giant boob – Tiny foot!

The teacher gave me some helpful pointers. To use the head as the scaling unit,put this in first. To observe negative space around the figure by using the pencil as a plumb line.

I had been trying to find the centre point of the body and the widest point, then ad in the body gesture lines. I don’t think this works when the model is sitting! In the past I have used the head method to better result. But it just wasn’t clicking in between had and eye today.

I hope next time at life class is more successful. Hopefully I might have learned some thing through the errors.

Work on proportion and scaling..


About Emma Perring

I am an artist working in mainly soft pastel at present.

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