Another round of life drawing exercises from the New Masters Academy youtube page. This reference set is life drawing session #32. For this set I wanted to focus on the head.

Unfortunately most of the poses in the set hide the head so I was only able to draw 2 heads. One thing I like about these timed reference poses is that it simulates real life drawing session. Part 1 (above) features 1 & 2 minute poses. Part 2 features 5 & 10 minute poses where I am able to demo some shading techniques using charcoal pencil.

 

Process Images

I begin with the gesture and 2D graphic shapes. Note how the shape very closely resembles the 2D shape of the model in this pose. I can almost get a likeness even at this early, graphic stage. 

I begin with the gesture and 2D graphic shapes. Note how the shape very closely resembles the 2D shape of the model in this pose. I can almost get a likeness even at this early, graphic stage. 

Next I turn 2D shapes (circles, squares, etc) into a 3D volumes. To do this, I draw planes, rhythms and construction.

Next I turn 2D shapes (circles, squares, etc) into a 3D volumes. To do this, I draw planes, rhythms and construction.

Since this was a 5 minute pose, I was able to start the rendering process. To begin rendering, I design or map the shadow shape that I see on the model.

Since this was a 5 minute pose, I was able to start the rendering process. To begin rendering, I design or map the shadow shape that I see on the model.

Finally I mass in, or fill in the shadow shape with a medium dark tone and the 5 minutes is finished!

Finally I mass in, or fill in the shadow shape with a medium dark tone and the 5 minutes is finished!


For this 10 minute pose I had a little more time for rendering. Once I have a map of the shadow shape, I fill it in with a medium-dark tone.

For this 10 minute pose I had a little more time for rendering. Once I have a map of the shadow shape, I fill it in with a medium-dark tone.

Once the shadow is filled in, I begin to work on the core shadow which is the border between shadow and light. Here I'm beginning to darken and soften the core shadow edge.

Once the shadow is filled in, I begin to work on the core shadow which is the border between shadow and light. Here I'm beginning to darken and soften the core shadow edge.

Before time runs, I add small dark accents and reintroduce sharp edges at cast shadow areas.

Before time runs, I add small dark accents and reintroduce sharp edges at cast shadow areas.