Watercolour figure 2

by Ysolla, June 20th 2021 © 2021 Ysolla

My goal with this work isn't necessarily proportion, but creative expression and gesture.


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Polyvios Animations

Nicest job, ysolla, nicest job on your creative and figure gesture so far.

My issue is that, though I really, really, reallly, really love how much blind contour you'd churned out, but I'm not getting enough of the scribbly bombast, scribbly vitality and scribbly energy. Would you please do 1 hour of 30 second blind contour drawings???? (all grayscale)

The reason why?????? It's because of two different things:

1) To tap into the right side of the brain.

2) To make your creative expressions and gestures the least harshest, the most rubburiest, vital-est, and energetic.

Look up the Nancy Beiman, Walt Stanchfield, and Ben Caldwell books on Amazon.com for the most details.

Good luck,

Polyvios Animations


First, thanks for submit your draw.
Let's dive deep in the drawing.
You are using 2 medium, the first one (Pencil and watercolor)
Let's start with watercolor, just a quick tips: Use tape to make your edges clean.
If you want to work with wet on wet tecnique you must be fast, realy realy fast, then let it dry to get a clean and soft gradient.

But let's focus on your point, you want to be creative about expression and gesture.
Well if you want to focus your self on expression and gesture you should leave the "Outside" of the figure, focus 100% on the figure, hands feeet face hair are the main place you should focus, even if they are hard, take your time and use it for them, soo you can get a lot of expressivity.
As Polyvios said just before me, focus on monochrome to archive better gesture.
Don't avoid drawing Hands/feet and try to use quick and strong line.
Keep study my friend,
You are gonna get better.


I'm not sure if it's what you're aiming for, but I get a real sense of 'burnout'. The pose is all sloped and drooping and the colors are all warm and wild. Like someone just completely burning out and falling apart.

I might work on adding some more realistic lines to the figure just to 'ground' them and make them feel more real in the image; the impact of the physicality might be a little more strong that way.

Aunt Herbert

I find it heart to critique creative expression, as there are few guidelines to follow. The warm colors and the flowing aquarell match your cautious lines quite well. A bit of a contrast, as the lines are more deliberate, but it's a subdued contrast, as the lines are very light and adapt their colors. You mixed in a touch of colder colours to indicate the shaded areas of the body, which works very well to further the theme of subdued contrast. The torso and thighs look very soft, corporeal and voluptuous in front of the dreamlike ethereal background.

A quick tip for female breasts: Try to see them less as two spheres, and more like an inverted heart shape, with the tip of the heart at the end of the throat. It makes it easier to align them towards the torso. In your drawing they are a bit offset, facing more frontally to the viewer than the hip and shoulders indicate they would. This may be a deliberate choice, though, like a notch to expressionist drawings, which prefer showing a signifying side over strict perspective.

I can imagine this piece looking very decorative in a simple glass frame on a sunny white wall.

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