Every time I attend figure drawing session I try to make the most of it by continuing to explore different styles of drawing and do as many sketches as possible. During the warm up sessions (1-2 minute poses) is when I explore the most, combining cubism, action sketches, wide-stroke drawings, illustration, etc. More recently I noticed I’ve been getting better at drawings in block-form. I don’t consider these drawings cubism yet, but its just the start of my exploration.
For this set of quick sketches I’m doing simple lines but I’m also trying to add a bit of shading. For a more traditional cubism style I would have to incorporate the same image from different angles and exaggerate the form. I will get there with more practice.
If the pose will be long I try to get two sketches done, the first one is a study of the shape and the second one is a more detailed figure drawing. These next examples are explorations using simple lines, shading and block form.
Sometimes the quick sketches end up looking better than the more detailed drawings, or at least I prefer them. My idea of a good sketch when a stylized representation of the model is simple enough to represent the shape, action and possibly some emotion. When doing sketches my goal is to capture the subject in a simple form but at the same time I try to learn about lighting, shading, perspective, depth, and movement.
I hope you enjoyed this set of figure drawing sketches. Although the first sketches are not traditional cubism style I feel some of them are beginning to enter that look. I have to play with exaggerated shapes, different angles and overlapping images in order to get closer to that style. I will continue exploring cubism during figure drawing sessions in the next few months. Hopefully I won’t get too embarrassed when my blocky drawings look very amateurish compared to other great life-like drawing artists. I’m sure some constructive feedback will help me improve my skills. Till next time.