These are some drawings I made of a painting by Laura Knight. The painting is of the artist and of a life model whom the artist is painting. I decided to make these drawings because I thought it might help me to practise drawing people.
For the second drawing I made (below) I used dots and dashes to create the tones and shadows of the curve of the nude figure. This worked really well for developing shapes and curves more gently, suggesting the form.
Below is an ink and brush drawing of the nude figure in Knight’s painting. It is challenging to make a drawing in as few lines as this, just trying to get the posture and the attitude of the figure.
I made some other drawings to practise drawing people. I really enjoy drawing people, and it makes a challenge to draw them as quickly as possible.
Painting the paper before drawing on it really brings a drawing to life. It adds interest, because, as my tutor said, white paper is stark.
(Some of these drawings cross over into different exercises on the course, so they appear on different posts and pages too. I try to draw each day, just for practise, and sometimes this coincides with an exercise telling me to “take every opportunity to draw people, from magazines, tv and in the street” for example.)
Above: cups of tea and the hat mannequin from the charity shop. I used coloured pencils again to counter the white page. I think it helps the drawing stand out from the text.
Below is a drawing of my empty tea cup and a necklace which I started drawing in graphite and finished in pencil crayon.
I have put this image on the page larger than I usually would because I used a watery wash and it’s good to see all the details.