1000 Hours

Between 1st January 2012 and 1st January 2013 I will commit one thousand hours to drawing and painting, and progress will be posted here.

Plate I, 20 - Child's arm, interior view

Submitted by Sam on 22 January, 2012 - 01:52
Plate I, 20 - Child's arm, interior view

Plate I, 19 - Flexed forearm of a man, interior view

Submitted by Sam on 22 January, 2012 - 01:49
Plate I, 19 - Flexed forearm of a man, interior view

Plate I, 6 - Heels 2

Submitted by Sam on 22 January, 2012 - 01:44
Plate I, 6 - Heels 2

Plate I, 6 Heels - 1

Submitted by Sam on 22 January, 2012 - 01:42
Plate I, 6 Heels - 1

Note that the lightness at the front of the foot, the left of the picture, is light reflecting from the sheen of the graphite.

Plate I, 13 - Hand of Voltaire

Submitted by Sam on 19 January, 2012 - 12:43
Plate I, 13 - Hand of Voltaire

I completed this drawing in the twelfth hour of my thousand-hour 2012 art challenge. It is taken from Plate I 13 from Bargue's drawing course, and it is the most intricate (and difficult) study I have done for a long time.

I have accidentally stretched the whole hand vertically, losing the delicate weight and grace of the original. Once again I have rushed into rendering before checking all the proportions match the guidance diagrams. I will probably have another attempt later to try to capture the proportions properly.

I used 2H, HB, 2B and 4B pencils, and spent around 4 hours on this drawing, which is roughly A5.

Plate I, 16 - Hand of woman holding a stone

Submitted by Sam on 19 January, 2012 - 11:46
Plate I, 16 - Hand of woman holding a stone

I used a piece of card held up flat to the reference image to measure distances between points, which I then enlarged on another piece of card to plot the points for my drawing.

I used a lot of 2H for the shading of this, which rather over-worked the paper on the left-hand side of the hand's shadow, causing it to become uneven and worn.

This is quite a poor photo of the sketch; the paper is white in reality!

Plate I, 15 - Hand of woman pressing her breast

Submitted by Sam on 19 January, 2012 - 11:20
Plate I, 15 - Hand of woman pressing her breast

To map the line lengths and angles for this drawing I held up a pencil in front of the reference image, indicating with my thumb a measured length on the pencil which I then compared to another part of the reference image. I mapped these proportions to my own drawing by using a pencil to compare the relative angles of the lines I had drawn with the expected ones I had just observed.

I didn't keep the distance of the measurement pencil from the reference plate constant when making these measurements, and nor did I maintain a consistent eye-level. This is exactly what the text of the drawing course advises against, because it undermines any attempts to accurately gauge angles and lengths!

This lack of rigour in capturing the basic relations of the drawing has caused this attempt to be quite badly distorted. The lower half of the breast section is stretched vertically, and the left-hand bulge is over-emphasised. The angle of the second finger is wrong; it should pull back upwards rather than sheer downwards.

Plate I, 13 - Hand holding a whetstone - Attempt 1

Submitted by Sam on 19 January, 2012 - 00:08
Plate I, 13 - Hand holding a whetstone - Attempt 1

My first attempt at this plate, which I didn't finish due to the inaccuracies.

Plate I, 13 - Hand holding a whetstone - Attempt 2

Submitted by Sam on 19 January, 2012 - 00:01
Plate I, 13 - Hand holding a whetstone - Attempt 2

This is the second attempt I made at drawing this plate, having mucked up the proportions on the first go.

Bargue - 12th hour hand study

Submitted by Sam on 4 January, 2012 - 00:23

Bargue - Voltaire's Hand - pencil drawing

I completed this drawing in the twelfth hour of my thousand-hour 2012 art challenge. It is taken from Plate 1.13 from Bargue's drawing course, and it is the most intricate (and difficult) study I have done for a long time.

I have accidentally stretched the whole hand vertically, losing the delicate weight and grace of the original. Once again I have rushed into rendering before checking all the proportions match the guidance diagrams. I will probably have another attempt later to try to capture the proportions properly.

I used 2H, HB, 2B and 4B pencils, and spent around 4 hours on this drawing, which is roughly A5.

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