Make It Come Alive, But Not Like Frankenstein
// Artist Daily
|Stacy in Chalk by Rob Liberace, chalk pencil |
drawing, 14 x 22.
There's underlying power and torque to the form that will enliven the drawing visually and fight its inherently static nature. Finding visual ways to indicate those possibilities when drawing people is what makes a successful figure drawing.
One way to make a life drawing lively (har har) is to keep a 'sketch' aspect to it. Think about loose lines in addition to light and dark masses to turn the form. For example, when I try to draw a bent leg, I focus more on getting the gesture of the limb in a few quick lines rather than laboring over its anatomical correctness.
|Seated Male by Rob Liberace, chalk pencil |
drawing, 36 x 48.
I know and believe that the core of our bodies-the torso, back, shoulder girdle, and pelvis-are where the most potential for movement rests. But don't forget the hands and feet. Attention to these parts can really articulate what you want your figure drawing to say. A hand drawing of a clenched fist gives off quite a different meaning than one where the fingers are held loosely and slightly curled.
An artist who is especially skilled at infusing his figure drawings with dynamism and movement is Rob Liberace. His work strikes a perfect balance between beauty and power, and Liberace is one of many artists whose work has been featured in Drawing magazine, where there are always in-depth articles on the ideas and approaches that I've touched upon, including on drawing tutorials that delve into positioning the model and creating a drawing that successfully captures the power of the human body. Truly inspiring, and it can all be found with a subscription to Drawing magazine! Enjoy!
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