10 minute figure study

by Revan Onasi, March 1st 2021 © 2021 Revan Onasi

Done as part of a practice session with poses of 10 minutes in length after I had spent 15 minutes doing a series of 30 second poses to warm up.

My current goal is: Improve at correctly capturing the overall proportions of the human form

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Well, well, well, nice job on your figure sketch, RevanOnasi. I love how much lines and spaces you've got going on that pose above. But most importantly, I really love how much effort you've put into the relationships.

And now here come's my judgement; mine is, I love how much motion and action you've put into the light edges, but I really, really don't see any one of your sketches at 29 seconds or less. (cause I just can't get enough of you kissing the paper with your pencils) Why don't you please relax your dominant hand with 133 minutes of 29 second figures? (133 x 60/29, 7980/29=275 poses) The reason why is as a result that because, your lines and the perception of them, will become lesser than hard, and the most lightest and softest of strokes, in addition to the spontaneity, life, and solidity of lines and sketches.

Midas touch from me, and I hope you've found this definitely and absolutely beneficial and supportive.

Revan Onasi

I appreciate the assessment and I will work on doing incoprating that into my practices.

Tx Williep

Excellent figure (Betsy ?). The foreshortening in the upper left leg is great. The fingers and toes need a little work. Check your photo. The right foot is maybe a little small. You done good! friend.

Keep up the good work. Remember: Practice makes better.

Revan Onasi

Thank you! I'll admit fingers and toes have always been my weakness - so hard! But I'm keeping up the practice daily!


Looking good!

I think a major thing that could help you out would be using less lines for each shape. Rather than sketching a line, flicking your pencil back and forth over and over and over, try to create every line with a single stroke. It'll take some practise to get comfortable with (I'm certainly still struggling with it), and even more for it to fully work, but it'll help a lot. A bunch of sketchy lines tends to make the body look angular and rigid, but the human body is pretty much exclusively round!

Another good thing to practise would be blind contour. Try sitting with a pose in front of you, and your paper on your lap, or below your eyeline. Draw the entire pose without ever looking at your paper at all. This will force your eye to watch for specifics in the shape of what you're looking at, rather than looking once or twice, and letting your mind fill in the blanks itself.

Try to remind yourself to look up at the pose constantly, every 3-5 seconds of drawing at least. Another good way to practise making sure you're looking at your model enough, is to set up a metronome at a comfortable pace, and look at your model every time it clicks.

Best of luck!


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