Today we had an introductory class again, as our main lecturer is now back, however, we covered a number of different exercises to improve observation and marking out proportions.
The first exercise was to map out each of the different joint locations on the body. I personally found this difficult as I like to mark my anatomy using gesture lines or an underlying skeleton.
The second exercise is to improve our observation of the forms that we see using a single line to create the figure. this was enjoyable, though trying to stay proportionate became difficult, however, the results still looked nice in their own way, capturing an particular essence.
We then did the same exercise with our opposite hand, this was mainly a demonstration of how confidence can influence our lines, but I also believe it demonstrates both observational skill and how well the mind processes what is seen as often times the dominant hand can develop muscle memory and a skewed sense of perfect perception.
After these exercises I have found myself better analyzing the various visual forms of objects and people, observing blemishes, colour variation, texture, creases etc.
When doing some of my own studies in this method into my book, it took me a good few minutes to clear my mind of creating a perfect image and start drawing, this is something I will need to practice for my other work as I find my illustration planning work often looks nicer than my illustrations themselves.
I started to stray away from the single line during some of these, but I kept to the same observational principle in drawing what I can see, I just gave myself a little freedom and I found myself with some interesting proportion distortion in the face on the right.
I started using pen for some of these single line sketches, I am comfortable with pen but I also found it helps with making sure my lines are continuous and it stops me from doing any erasing, although I rarely use erasers.
During times when there are few people to draw I then look for various other objects and environments that I can study my observational skills, even while I am not drawing I find myself analyzing various locations and structures. As I drew on the train, following around what I could see, I was slowly developing a panorama, though I would have hit the edges of the page. I learnt a lot from this piece as the perspective and forms came through and past my view, often looking both left and right capturing different angles of an object I would otherwise draw flat.
I later did a comparison, between my previous drawing style and the observational study, a huge difference in detail and proportion, even though I felt my proportion was worse during the single line, I realise I wasn't truly observing and rather drawing a representation of what those objects or people depict, though, this is not entirely bad and works well for character design.