These are some pictures of my drawings from 20 February. I was working in a moleskine sketchbook which works well for pens, pencils and silverpoint but not so much for ink (used as a wash) and watercolor. Now in fairness this was not the watercolor paper sketchbook which would have worked perfectly. I used what I had.
Adam is holding onto a staff for additional support, with one hand behind his back. I usually prefer drawing his back when it’s dramatically lit and that night was no exception.
The problem with this sketch is that I got way to into the shapes of the shadows and did not correctly draw the dynamic pose. I gave up on this sketch and started working on just trying to capture what his shoulders were doing in contrast to the angle of his hip.
The sketch on the right is an attempt to just get the angles correct without really worrying about massing things in correctly.
The next sketch shows where I took that thumbnail. This is a new sketch and again the emphasis was strictly on capturing the dynamics of Adan’s pose.
I’d like to think I learned something from class that evening. Part of it was simply trying to work when I felt unable to settle or unwell. Another bigger lesson was concentrating on capturing the dynamics of a pose vice getting so lost in the shadows.
I like the power in the third image even though I didn’t get to finish it (this was completed in the last 15 minutes of class).