# Life Drawing: Reflection

My top 3 drawings from our last lesson:

Proportion refers to the relative size of the elements within an object, for example the size of limbs relative to the rest of the figure.

The scale of a drawing can be confused with the proportioning although it refers to the relative sizes between two different objects.

Having a more curved or angled line of action can help to create force in your drawing.

The weight of the drawing is the busiest part in a composition. It creates a visual force that attracts the eye of the viewer, imparting a visual direction to an element’s potential movement and suggesting where you should look next. Weight is used to create hierarchy, flow and rhythm.

Form refers to the 3D object and not it’s 2D shape. These two images are of the same object: the first image capturing it’s shape while the second show us it’s form.

A solid drawing takes into account the weight and volume of an object and how it affects the balance. A figure with a wooden, symmetrical pose that has no fluid line of action isn’t a solid drawing, it’s just flat.

Balance is the positioning of the weight of elements within an object to create symmetry. To me this image is off-balance as there is still more weight to the right of the image:

The points of tension are the points where the weight hangs from. These points will change depending on the pose of the figure. They will affect the balance as they will dictate where the weight will be on the object.

The line of action is a representation of the flow through the drawing and will capture the object’s motion by showing the direction that the weight moves in.

Sketch One

I’m quite happy with the proportioning of this drawing. The lower leg is not the best as it’s too thin. I’m not very confident with drawing the legs as I always make them either too short or too long, so that is something I’ll have to work on. In this sketch I think the weight is off. Although the shoulders and hips are in proportion, the hips don’t have enough weight here to draw your eye down.

Sketch Two

This is one of my favourite drawings. The reason being that I got the proportion of the legs right with the upper body! This drawing has the best weight (in the lower abdomen region) as it brings your eye down from the top of the head. This sketch also has good balance and helps to make it believable. What makes it look balanced is the positioning of the weight – it’s in between the legs which supports it but the head counteracts the belly also.

The points of tension here are the shoulders and also the hand as the elbow hangs from it.

Sketch Three

Lengthwise the legs are fine although the width isn’t in proportion with the rest of the body, they’re a bit thin. As the legs are thin the weight of this drawing lies mostly at the top, drawing your eye up the figure. In this drawing the shoulders counteract the weight of the belly that extends beyond the front leg and thus gives the figure balance. Although, I would move the back leg back a bit more to counteract the arms. The shoulders, hand and hip are the points of tension in this sketch.

Overall, I’m happy with the proportioning of the upper body when sketching the human figure but I will need to work on the legs – specifically length. These sketches weren’t of small scale but they weren’t particularly large. I naturally tend to draw in very small scale and thus my drawing is less expressive than I’d like it to be. Drawing more fluidly and using more curves would help to loosen up my sketches. I also need to study force more and bring it into my sketching.

The weight in my sketching is hit and miss so I’ll need to practise with getting the weight of the hips more. I also haven’t really shown the form of the figure in any of these sketches simply due to time constraints. I should practice cross-hatching using curves that follow the form as shadows are the best way to show the form of an object.

I think that all three of these sketches are believable as the poses are realistic, the majority of the proportioning is correct, the balance is alright and they look like solid drawings.

Comparison of drawings from first and second semester:

Yea, I’ve improved.

1. Mike Bass says:

Phoebe, a well written, informative and reflective piece. It is very apparent that you love to draw from this. I loved you examples and research. Well done! -M

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1. Phoebe Long says:

Thank you Mike!

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2. Mike Bass says:

Re-reading these blogs before hand-in: please remember to add them to your coursework. Also if you have any drawing from September to compare to one from most recently it would help to round out the piece as requested. Still a good read! – M

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