Favorite Figure Drawings #1

Bouona giornata, amici! (is it pretentious to start my blog with an Italian greeting?). I'd like to take some time to introduce and discuss some of my favorite figure drawings I have done over the years I have been practicing. I started really studying the figure in my art professor Scott's Drawing II class, and continued in his Drawing III, IV classes and then 2 more semesters as Independent studies (still went through the almost the whole two semesters figure drawing as that was the main component of his classes past drawing I). I really love figure drawing, the human body is so beautiful and intricate and when you draw it you become more aware oif your mistakes than when drawing other things so you learn more drawing the nude figure than  anything else (as humans, we generally know if something is off about an image of another human being). I continue to draw figures, in-fact, all these that I'm sharing were made outside of class, and 3 of them were made after I graduated. Without further adieu, I'll share the first 4 now.

 

"I've Been Expecting You", Conte Crayon on 16x20" paper. I think my favorite part of this is all the gorgeous angles involved in the model's body and the chair along with the surprising amount of detail I was able to render in the face and head.   

"I've Been Expecting You", Conte Crayon on 16x20" paper. I think my favorite part of this is all the gorgeous angles involved in the model's body and the chair along with the surprising amount of detail I was able to render in the face and head.

 

"Smoke and Waves" charcoal on 16x20" paper. The word of the day for this image was "foreshortening". The contours of the pose were absolutely vital to the image. I believe the lines in the bed help add a little movement to this otherwise still pose.   

"Smoke and Waves" charcoal on 16x20" paper. The word of the day for this image was "foreshortening". The contours of the pose were absolutely vital to the image. I believe the lines in the bed help add a little movement to this otherwise still pose.

 

"Chair's Caress", charcoal on 16x20" paper. My model, Alex has great broad shoulders that exhibit well-defined scapula which lend to the pure loveliness of this pose.   

"Chair's Caress", charcoal on 16x20" paper. My model, Alex has great broad shoulders that exhibit well-defined scapula which lend to the pure loveliness of this pose.

 

"Recliner", charcoal on 16x20" paper. This was in the same session as "Chair's Caress". I love how Alex sits in the chair and how  the simple marks and shapes of the face capture his essence.

"Recliner", charcoal on 16x20" paper. This was in the same session as "Chair's Caress". I love how Alex sits in the chair and how  the simple marks and shapes of the face capture his essence.

Joseph Keating