NOTE: If you are here because my video "Making a Visual Journal with Paper Scraps" sent you here, please note I finished the movie early and put it up for a Project Friday on March 30, 2012—forgetting that I had referred people to today's post. Please check out the additional tips in Friday's post.
Enjoy today's post while you're here:
On this date we were working on capturing the weight and tension shifts as the model changes her position. For this first example we had one minute to start on the first pose (on the left) and then the model would shift her weight and take the second pose for one minute. We switched back and forth on the minute for 5 minutes on each pose (or 10 minutes total—though there was a timer problem and the second pose had one slightly longer segment).
Why am I working on lined paper? Well I had whipped through all my newsprint (we work on newsprint with charcoal) and by the time I got to the 11th pose I only had really old brittle newsprint that didn't take the charcoal well. I ripped out some pages from my lined notebook and they were smooth and heavenly to sketch on. I wish that paper came in larger sheets!
The pose on the left side is cut off at the hand because the clip on my board rested there, holding the small sheet in place.
Left: Another version of the exercise, this time with 3 minutes on each pose for a total of 15 minutes, one side getting less time than the other. But both got too much time as I started to get fussy. Click on the image to view an enlargement.
I never sketch in charcoal outside of class and besides the engaging exercises that Christine sets up for us, I'm finding that I quite enjoy getting messy with the charcoal!
Changing media is a great way to free up your hand, eye, and mind, and see out new approaches.