Bums from Sculpture – Family of Man

I had another wonderful trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) where i took the opportunity to draw from Barbara Hepworth’s ‘Family of Man’, but from the back so i could try and work out where their bums were. I feel like these sculptures are old friends so it was lovely to be able to spend the day with them!

I completed the sketch whilst at the park, and once home, i worked back into them digitally. I began by locating where i thought their bum would go, and then made a simple frame to highlight the key areas that show the structure of the bum. This was extremely helpful because it was actually quite difficult to see what shape the bum actually was. With the frame in place, i was able to apply the shape of the bum to the sculpture, in a much more human form, bringing it back from the abstract.

It was interesting to see the finished sketch on the sculpture, as it made it look quite odd and even more abstract (which i quite liked!); however, for the final images, i removed the sculpture sketch to see what shapes i had come up with. See below:

(For any of you savvy Barbara Hepworth fans, i only have 8 drawings even though there are 9 sculptures. This was because i got this idea after i had drawn the front of one sculpture, and then forgot to draw the back. Hence why it is not included. oops!)


Bums from Sculpture – Family of Man

Discovering the Blending Tool!!

I discovered, what became my  favourite technique, picking out the colours in an image and layering them up, to create a stylised look… who knew it could get better!!

I found the blending tool, and it has changed my life! I  normally struggle to create life-like drawings because i don’t seem to have the patience to commit the amount of time needed to produce realistic work, so i usually opt for a more abstract drawing. I found this tool amazing! It meant i could still use the methods i like that are quite quick and stylised (and save this image so i have a before and after), then blend the colours together to have the final image that is more refined.

I get a lot out of the process because i am able to watch my drawings grow and progress, layer by layer.

Discovering the Blending Tool!!

New drawing programme

A friend of mine recently told me about a new drawing programme that she had started to use. It is called ‘Sketchbook’.

As part of my course, i am having to use Photoshop and Illustrator, but i don’t really get along with it. I only really use it because i have too, and i use it as little as possible. Whereas, with this programme (i think she has created a monster by telling me about it), I AM ADDICTED!

It works in pretty much the same way. You can create layers, move objects and duplicate things you have just done. But it is fool proof. Everything makes sense and works how you expect it to. Logical.

The only problem i have found with it is, when drawing a separate section, it is best to do so on a new layer, as the moving tool moves the whole layer, not just the object. I, obviously, kept forgetting to do this. But once i remembered (most times) it worked perfectly!

There are so many tools to choose from, so many colours and so many shapes. It really has opened my eyes to the possibilities of digital drawing.

These two drawings were created on this programme, but drawn from my imagination.

I used one of the brush tools to create them. It is amazing! It actually works as a real paint brush. It starts off being filled with colour and gradually fades out, but if you go back over a solid colour section, it blends it, just like an actual brush would. Through working with layers i was able to build up my drawings and re-arrange them to make sure i got the best out of my work.

This was by far the most fun i have had with a digital drawing programme, and i will definitely be shouting from the rooftops about it.

So thank you friend of mine for showing me the wonders that is Autodesk Sketchbook.


New drawing programme