This is the very first time I have drawn a live model sitting in front of me. My photography skills of my art is not great, and it’s a much better drawing to look at in person. When I sat in front of my sister to draw her I was initially a little overwhelmed. I didn’t know where to start, and I was worried it would end up looking awful. I started putting marks on the page, telling myself nobody had to see this drawing, this was for me to break that first barrier of drawing people. And I really enjoyed it. I tried to keep my focus on the fabric and clothing.
- I barely used a rubber and just continued drawing line after line, working over the incorrect lines quickly and trying not to overthing. Interestingly, the one place I did use an eraser was whilst drawing the facial features, and I didn’t even really need to bother with those anyway.
- I didn’t completely and perfectly finish her feet, as she moved and adjusted them constantly throughout, crossing then uncrossing them. She was wearing very intricately knitted fluffy socks and I decided not to draw that detail as I thought it would detract the viewers eye from the main focus. I like how the unfinished aspect of it hints at movement.
- The position of my model is natural and not awkwardly placed, she looks comfortable and it represents my sisters personality, listening to music, slouched on a chair.
- I struggled initially with the foreshortening of the legs but I reminded myself to just draw what I see and not what my mind wanted to draw, and it ultimately worked out well.
- I only used one single HB pencil and should have used a much wider variety of shades up to 8B, which would definitely have helped in creating even more depth and detail in the folds of the clothes.
- I have almost completely ignored perspective in regards to the chair, and there are two parallel straight lines of the chair where she sits, as opposed to those two lines converging together into the background to create depth.
- I could have included the feet of the chair to ground and neatly finish the drawing.
- In regards to proportion, I should definitely have spend more time checking measurements against each other, in general they are fairly accurate but I didn’t constantly check using the pencil and thumb method.
- I could definitely have made even more of the movement of the feet. I like the idea of drawing the feet over and over on the same page but in different positions to show that she was fidgety in that area.