The importance of natural poses
This life drawing session made me think the importance of drawing a pose that looks natural. Models can bend and stretch and settle in all sorts of poses. Depending on the result that the artist wants, strange poses might be useful. How easy is it though to capture those poses and plot them realistically on your paper? This time we had the opportunity to explore life like poses as well as a slightly strange one.
Date:05/11/2018, Author: Iasonas Bakas, Time: 3h
- Step 1: Pulling the rope
- Step 2: Begging
- Step 3: The odd one
- Step 4: Pulling sat
Step 1: Pulling the rope
The classes started with our model tying the rope to the steel post again. A similar pose was set up by a previous model few weeks ago (see here). Surprisingly, there were no warm up exercises. Our tutor informed us, this time we will do 4-5 poses of 25 minutes each. This worked alright as it provided just enough time to complete a rough drawing while we still had a variety of different poses.
The main element of this pose was the way the feet touched the ground and maintained the whole body’s balance. The model was leaning forward slightly and the rope kept him from falling. Additionally to this, his legs and feet where arranged in a way to support his centre of mass. I decided that I would spend more time getting this right rather than any other detail of the pose.
To highlight this “fragile” balance between rope, legs and body weight, I decided to omit the steel post. The frame is “heavier” towards the model intensifying the pose.
Step 2: Begging
The second pose was a bit easier for the model I guess. In reality he was supporting his elbows on a high stool. While drawing I realised that I quite liked the pose without the stool. Gave me the impression of the human begging and I decided to not spend any time on the stool.
I had a very good view of the model’s back and ribs. Also, to create more interest and depth I tried to get the tones of the arm in the back ground right. I feel that foreshortening is the one thing that makes the figurative drawings look 3 dimensional; the second is the correct use of tone.
…foreshortening is the one thing that makes the figurative drawings look 3 dimensional; the second is the correct use of tone…
Step 3: The odd one
The previous poses all looked quite natural. You see people pulling a trolley or begging. The body doesn’t really suffer to follow those poses. The one below though seemed too unnatural. It took the model some time to find a comfortable way to hold the pose (no surprise…). When we started drawing, I found it quite tricky to capture the pose. I just couldnt let my hand free; I couldn’t loosen. I caught myself thinking about anatomy again and again.
This pose though was so strange (I don’t think anyone would sit like this to rest…) that it got increasingly challenging to draw it right. The model was sitting on two stools, which I haven’t drawn. That probalby makes it look even more odd.
Step 4: Pulling sat
The last pose brought us back to something we were more familiar with. This sitting pose was quite sculptural as the arms were in a distance from the main volumne of the body. The neck and chest muscles were stretched. Also, the ribcage structure was quite exposed. The pose would look very unbalanced without the chair so I decided to add a notion of support under the model.
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