Bums from Memory

My ninja camera skills are not very good, so i have to resort to memory when it comes to drawing the bums i have seen during the day. It is quite fun though, because if i were to photograph these bums (which i would ask permission for) the people i may ask would become self conscious and this could affect how they stand and how they hold themselves. By doing it this way, i ensure the bums remain natural, but there will be some inevitable editing as i am having to remember what they looked like.

For this i experimented with the angles that i saw the bums, this depended on the circumstances i came across the people who the bums belong to. It was extremely interesting because i have previously been focusing on the silhouette from the rear view and seeing what shapes there are. By using this side angle, it has shown the shapes of peoples’ spines and how this affects their stomach as well as their bum and their posture. Also, the size of someones bum can be very wide but is actually very flat.

These are all things i want to explore with my next drawings and also potential areas for me to focus my research for the academic aspect of this project.

Bums from Memory

Bums from Imagination

My imagination has been one of the main points of exploration (due to lack of a life model). It has enabled me to see where i need to take my research.

One thing that has become apparent is that, i often smooth out the lines. This i found extremely odd because it is actually the lumpier bumpier bums that i am interested in, but i don’t seem to draw these when i draw from imagination. This is something i found when i completed the traced drawings because i was copying the exact shape in that exercise, but apparently i have been editing in this one!

Bums from Imagination

Exploring Shape Types

It is incredible just how many different shapes there are! At first i thought it was a bit odd some of the shapes (which are demonstrated with letters, H, O, V & A) would fit into the categories, because to look at the letters you think ‘I have never seen that shape before!’. However, it is only when you start to draw them, you realise just how many you have actually seen.

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In order to understand this theory better, i drew out the letters first and then drew the bums around these letters. It was extremely eye-opening because it made me think about the different varieties of shapes and also the influences that can affect the shape of your bum i.e. weight distribution, skeletal structure and position of the body (sitting or standing). Some of these can be altered and manipulated at first glance, but when you analyse a shape, you can usually see what letter it would fit into.

Exploring Shape Types

Observational – from previous drawings

I have drawn these from the original drawings that were the beginning of this project.

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Drawing back from drawings is interesting to me, because it is constantly editing the drawing without realising. The drawings change and alter depending on what medium you use and how you hold your hand that day. It also changes because you think more about what you want from the image; what you want to learn. With these, i was thinking more about what types of shapes they were. Whereas, with the originals, i was just drawing what i saw.

Observational – from previous drawings

Abstract Bums

‘Abstract’ is something i am really drawn to because it is so expressive. It opens up a subject matter to interpretation and allows the artwork to be utilised in so many other ways once it is completed.

The type of ‘abstract’ i am used to is big, bright, bold lines and marks, and although i know the methods i have used here are quite reserved, this is the first time i have applied a theme to it, rather than leaving it up to serendipity.

I want to use this method more because it forces you to see shapes in a new way. Instead of just repeating the same thing, it pushes you to think about how they are constructed; what is impacting on their appearance, and also, what do you want to gain from the drawing. This is extremely useful, as i will eventually be translating these drawings into knitted textiles, therefore, i need more variety in the beginning stages, in order to make the rendition more interesting to make and view.

For the next steps of this method, i will add more colours and use other mediums to create a contrast in textures, to make it more fun to translate into knit!

Abstract Bums

Traced Bums – from a reference

This experience was eye-opening! Gradually i have been collecting secondary images from various online platforms i.e. Pinterest, Instagram. This included photographs, drawings and ‘How to’ guides.

These references were used as a starting point, selecting the most appropriate images to be used for tracing (the ones that were easier to see through tracing paper). I wanted to use this method to aid my understanding of ‘shape’ as i would be tracing exactly what i saw.

This was a really good method because it allowed me to see all of the lumps and bumps that bodies have. Nothing was tainted with trying to smooth out the lines. It was drawing exactly what i saw. I noticed lots of things about the shapes; how it could be altered depending on how the person was stood; how being sat down effected the shape and how the structure of your hips effect the overall appearance of your bum. All of these bums look ‘real’ to me, they aren’t manufactured or smoothed out. I feel like i have seen these types of bums walking round in the street.

In the future, i would love to do this exercise on a much larger scale, maybe even life-size to make them feel more accurate and realistic, because how they would look at this size could be completely different to how they look in miniature.

Traced Bums – from a reference