I wanted to draw large scale because i felt the need to make big marks instead of working in sketchbooks, so i used A2 paper or i stuck two together to make A1.
Acrylic applied with hands
Charcoal and graphite
I either used previous drawings or photographs from books as a reference.
I found this process very freeing because i didn’t have to think too much about accuracy. I allowed myself to accentuate certain areas and features that i liked. I also liked how messy everything got as well!
I did like working in colour, but i think my favourites are the grey-scale pieces (which as a colour lover, i find very odd). I think it is because you can see the detail more, and the marks look a lot harsher than that which is done in greens. I particularly like the drawings where i have applied a watered down ink wash.
I want to record actual shapes of people, so i tried using myself. The drawing on the left; i drew around myself with my back to the wall (where the paper was taped), this gave me good waist definition, but did not replicate the view of a bum as the shape of the front of your pelvis is different to the back. So, the image on the right, i stood with my front facing the wall and drew around myself again. This one worked really well as it showed the more smoother out shaped that you get from the rear.
This will come in useful when recreating the shapes in my practice, it will also be a great way to collect some primary research.
I got this idea from ‘Look, Cover, Write, Check’ which is a way of learning spellings that i used to do at school. I wanted to apply the technique here by looking at an image and drawing from it. I would do this three times from each image with a timed gap between each one. The aim was to help me understand the construction of a bum and isolate what i wanted to focus on.
From the drawing process, i found that on the third drawing i was focusing mainly on the outer edge of the figure and less on the shadows and shading. I also became more confident with the lines i was making because the shapes became familiar to me.
Overall, i really like this method because it makes sure that i draw what i see confidently which i can then take into other areas of y practice. I can also recognise the varieties of shapes that are out there.
I was lucky enough to attend another life drawing class. This time i was focusing more on proportions and getting the whole figure to be on the page, as i seem to have a knack of zooming into one particular area.
There were several stages that we did, but this is the final drawing i did:
I was really pleased with the outcome because it showed what i had learnt. I managed to get the whole model on the page (barring his feet, but i am still counting it as the whole figure). I noticed from the other drawings that i did that i like to accentuate features by making them seem much larger than they are. I particularly like using a curved line which makes the figure look much more statuesque and as though they are a permanent feature on the background. Because of this, my tutor suggested that i look at the work of Henry Moore (who is already one of my favourites anyway) because he manages to create the same effect with his drawings and sculptures, by making them blend into the landscape. Another artist she suggested was Bill Brandt who is a photographer. He hightens the contrast in his work which is black and white anyway. This makes his work have more depth.
I look forward to taking part in more of the classes in the future.
I have used gouache before and loved it!
For this drawing i merged 3 previous drawing together to create one large drawing. It was like painting with numbers because i divided each drawing into sections and then allotted a certain colour to those sections, making sure that sections of the same colour weren’t touching.
It took me a while to get used to mixing the paint again, getting it to the right consistency. I also really enjoyed working on a larger piece of paper and filling the space.
I have been trying to find out why i want to do this project, so i can create a question i can answer for my dissertation. I want to do a monograph where i reflect upon my own practice as well as carrying out primary research. This will allow all of my work to link together and allow my research to be more opinion orientated. (I like facts, but they aren’t as interesting as what people think are they?)
These are my initial thoughts of areas i could explore:
- How can shape be manipulated?
- Movement – how this impacts the appearance.
- Age – how does shape alter over time?
- Look at objects that look like bums
- Men and Women – differences and similarities
- The impact of clothes
- Historical fashion and the bum
- Staged photos and natural photos (action)
- Other peoples’ interpretations of the shapes of bums
- Why do i smooth out the lines when i am not tracing?
- How many shapes are there?
- How can shape be interpreted?
- How does perspective alter the appearance?
- Use the Bum Jug as a starting/focus point
- Skeletal structure
- photograph my own bum everyday in what i am wearing
- ‘Does my bum look good in this?’ – ask people to wear what they think shows off their bum.
- Life drawing – understand the human form
- Why do i like bums?
- What is the preferred shape?
- What makes you a bum person?
- Why do people like bums?
- Why are we so intrigued with the human body? And why do i focus on bums?
In time i will narrow down where my interests lie as i go on with my drawings and bits of research.