More on the sketchbook today with life drawings : back to see the cows, then the horses in the field and finally ended up with sketching a bit the dogs. Most of the sketches for the moment are either gesture drawings or quick lines studies... well, the animals kept moving while I was trying to draw them!:):)
As part of my new projects for 2010-2011, I am studying farm animals such as Cows, chickens, etc. Another goal that I have for this year is to start drawing a lot more as I would love to be able to do some large charcoal drawings at some point. So to combine both goals, I have started to go every 2 days outdoor to sketch form life.
I am primarily a sculptor so I usually model directly form life and I don't really tends to draw to do a sculpture. I can produce volumes,modeling from life (i.e. a 3D representation) but to produce a 2D representation from life modeling is rather intimidating at first! especially when you draw form animals...as they move constantly! this is rather strange as it doesn't bother me when I sculpt form life...
anyway just to come back to the subject, I will be producing a large amount of life studies of farm animals, horses and wildlife over the next year or so. All of the studies will be done from life but i still need to understand how I am suppose to use my daily sketch book/studies and using them to produce larger drawings???
here is the first few studies ( selection of few as there are lost of them!)
Cows - here are the ladies...and boys.
Quick gesture movement studies - pencils used: pierre noire ( very similar to charcoal pencil)
Quick studies- quick lines
here are the chickens - those drawings have been prepared a lot more- using charcoal.
The first one is about studying farm animal. I was walking the dogs and looking at some of the beautiful animals around the english country side: chickens, cows, sheep, wiltshire horns, Buffalos, pigs, etc. Spring and summer is around the corner ( well, we hope) and this is the perfect time to do some life modeling.
The second one is to carryon working on wildlife with few trips to the zoo (... until I manage to do a trip in africa!:) ). What I am interested in at the moment is mainly Cheetahs for the time being but will see what a trip to the zoo will bring.
The third one is do carry-on working on equestrian subjects.
The fourth one is to carry-on improving my sketching. I will try different media but the one I really like for the moment is charcoal. Sketching in charcoal is very close to modeling and that's probably why I really enjoy it. I have started some exercises daily: contours and gesture drawings, lots of quick sketches and I have just ordered some large sheets of papers to try to do much larger drawings as well.