When I am figure drawing, I am an artist without a message. I’m not trying to tell you anything. I just draw because I enjoy drawing. Well, maybe it’s a compulsion, because sometimes I have to admit, it’s a little uncomfortable, frustrating, and at times perhaps even painful. But for the most part, the challenge of figure drawing is in the mastery, being able to portray what I see, or what I think I see. By practicing every week, I am becoming more confident.
The drawing I am posting here was difficult because the facial features look very different when a figure is reclining than they do when the figure is upright. I think that the portrait class I finished taking last week helped me a lot. I will need to continue to practice heads and faces in different positions and attitudes. I still feel hesitant with faces, and I still spend a lot of time guessing, but my guesses seem more accurate now.
This drawing was made with a graphite pencil on Stonehenge paper. I drew it at the regular Wednesday night session of Figure Drawing at Studio b., in Alys Beach, FL. Heather Clements is the instructor.