New challenges in drawing

I’ve had a project in mind for a while now but know my drawing skills aren’t up to the job so I’ve bitten the bullet, invested in some basic drawing books and picked up a pencil.

I love fashion illustration and the elongated’ giraffe’ style body draped in wonderfully outlandish costumes, so my new books include both natural looking figures and more fashion-model stylized outcomes.

I started with head shapes.

I tried ‘fashion illustration’ faces.

I went full body.

That’s an interesting exercise, building the body up from block lengths.  I note that fashion illustration leans heavily toward pigeon-toes.

I explored another method.

What have I learned so far?

  • Keep a rubber at hand!
  • Buy a new pencil sharpener.
  • Abandon illustration style faces.
  • Stop stressing and loosen up the hand.
  • Who cares if I use an entire sketch-book and fill it with rubbish?  So just do it.

About Claire B

I am a passionate printmaker, paper maker and book artist. I'm a 'forever' student and frequently attend courses and workshops to extend and improve my creative skills.
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2 Responses to New challenges in drawing

  1. Vicki Miller says:

    If you like the fashion model style, you might like jane davenport’s classes.

    • Claire B says:

      Great minds, Vicki! I have one of her books but haven’t looked at her on-line classes yet. Must do that. Always good to see demos and how people actually produce imagery step by step.
      For me this is all about the first steps into creating a new project and it’s a steep learning curve that is probably going to take a while to come to terms with. Figure drawing has never been on my radar before!

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