Friday, April 12, 2013

More on Drawing the Figure, Anatomy

Among the books our drawing group has found useful is Fundamentals of Drawing from the Russian Academy of Arts.

Russian academic figure drawing emphasizes the planes of the body, beautifully illustrated in this book. In order to work on drawing the head and features, I made a copy of the drawing on cover.

Below is my copy, along with one last torso (a copy from a photograph I found online.)

The copy of the planes of the face was much more difficult than I anticipated!

The Russian book also provides some small examples of master work to copy.

My structural drawing of the planes of the eye , also copied from the Russian book, is at the top of the page. The two lower drawings are master copies. Above this page you see the photo reference for the eye on the bottom left. 

I still have plenty to learn. This is all harder than it looks!

Unfortunately, the examples aren't labeled. I haven't been able to figure out whose eyes are on the right, but the one on the left is from Antonella da Messina's painting, Il Condottiere. Would you have guessed the face would be so tough from just looking at the eye?

If anyone can figure out who is on the right, please let me know! I looked at hundreds of images online. You would be amazed how few figures in Renaissance (or thereabouts) paintings gaze to the viewer's right.

I recommend these exercises. I have had a lot of fun with them, and I am learning plenty. I will show more in my next post.

In the meantime, here is a page of figure studies from the live model. Pencil drawings, I believe these were 10 minute poses.

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