Week 16 Studies

July 7th – 13th

I completed the Pencil Kings Figure Drawing Challenge! Yay!

There’s quite a big update ahead so let’s get straight into it:

Day 15 Back Anatomy
I really enjoyed learning the muscles in such a simplified way. Exercise 2 involved sketching a figure from photo reference and then adding in the muscles – it was a great activity for gaining a better understanding of how the muscles fit together.

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Day 16 Figure Drawing
This was basically Exercise 2 from Day 15, but this time with one set of figures drawn from reference, and the other from imagination.

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Day 17 & 18 Perspective
Somehow I got confused with perspective! I felt like I couldn’t “see” where the horizon line and vanishing points should be (despite understanding the general concept) and how to apply the figure to that space. It’s certainly a subject to revisit in the future.

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Day 19 Pushing Poses
Another really fun exercise – learning to exaggerate aspects of the pose to give the figure more energy.

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Day 20 Drawing from Imagination
This wasn’t quite drawing from imagination, rather adapting an existing pose (photo reference was used here) to a different body. Good fun!

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And lastly,
Day 21 Before & After
I decided to compare my new skills to one of the turnarounds I completed in May (roughly 3 weeks before the challenge started). Quite happy to see improvements in the form and pose of the figure. Also, ankles and feet!

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Some final thoughts on the Pencil Kings Figure Drawing Challenge:
This was a great 4-week course. While I would have personally liked some more detailed information here and there (hands and perspective for instance), I believe the course met what it had set out to achieve. The exercises, accompanied with Sycra’s instructional videos, took complicated subject matter and made it easy to digest, giving artists a good foundation in drawing the human body from both reference and imagination.

If you’re having trouble understanding human anatomy and would like to improve your skills I definitely recommend checking out Pencil Kings future Figure Drawing Challenges – I believe there will be another course later this year.

Until next time,
x Kristy Kate

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