Thursday, January 15, 2009

studying the human form

Recently, I spent a week studying drawing the human form in a workshop lead by Henry Yau, a master artist from China. It was one of the best classes I've ever had. This drawing is a sample from the workshop. My focus was to concentrate on accurate construction of the figure in charcoal. I worked on several different studies each day from 5 minute gesture drawings to 45 minute extended sketches. It was great to have Henry's expertise to critique my efforts. If I were to make a resolution for 2009, I would try to work several hours a week on just simple, clean, accurate figure drawings.
24"x18" vine charcoal on medium-tooth drawing paper


Karen said...

Thanks for posting this! It is truly beautiful. It's structure is perfect, so that what I as a viewer see is the gracefulness of the post, the stance and weight of the figure, the lean...and not the drawing. How cool.
Good resolution. I may do that too!

Edgar said...

Susan -- very impressive figure. I couldn't have done it without searching out the form with some shading... just have no skill for finding a contour with my hand.

susan hong-sammons said...

Thanks for your understanding comments. It's obvious by your comments that you can appreciate the struggle of working with the human form. If you've never drawn the figure, this might appear a simple task. I find it the most difficult and also the most important. Andrew Loomis earlier books regarding the figure have been most helpful to me besides studying with ready great figure artists.

Jala Pfaff said...

Wow, this is great. I'm with Edgar--without shading and blocking and such, I don't think I could do this. Does the instructor not use shading/blocking/etc.? (i.e., is this drawing similar to his style or to yours?)

susan hong-sammons said...

I agree that's it's a bit easier to created a drawing massing-in verses contours. But this exercise is ment to increase accuracy and then speed so that eventually your minds-eye is so developed you don't need to measure.